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Yoga for the Holidays

Yoga for the Holidays

Whether you celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, or Kwanza, it’s that hectic yet slow time of the year. Add in that we’re in the midst of Mercury Retrograde––the time when the planet of communication is traveling backward––and you may be feeling off your game. It’s the time of year to release expectations and attachment to how the next few weeks will unfold.

According to Patanjali’s Eight Limbed-Yoga Path, the final Yama is Aparigraha which is:

A=”not”, the absence of, the freedom from Parigraha=hoarding or collecting. In other words, Aparigraha means not being greedy and not attaching too much importance to possessions, outcomes, and even relationships. Yes, this concept can be confusing.

In relation to the holidays, it can be a reminder not to worry too much about what you cannot control.

Sometimes at this time of year, we fixate on being the perfect child/parent/brother/sister/partner or we’re determined to make the holiday perfect. If you’ve ever watched Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase, you’ll recall how sometimes the more attached you are to making everything perfect, the more can go wrong. The holidays are the perfect time to release attachment to outcomes, work on being more compassionate, and be joyous for what you do have.

Carving out the time to practice yoga, even if you’re sneaking in a few Sun Salutations or only have time for a yoga quickie, can help you soothe your nervous system, balance your perspective, and appreciate the present moment. Santosha, one of the Niyamas in the Eight-Limbed path, encourages us to be content with what we do have in our life, right now. Cultivating Santosha is tied to a sense of gratitude for the present moment.

The holidays are a great time to remind yourself to be grateful and happy with yourself, just as you are. Take time for some self-care, for even a few minutes of yoga and meditation, and navigate the last few weeks of 2023 feeling great! This week’s classes can make all the difference! Enjoy!

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