‘I have a question about yoga for Christmas? How can I fit in wellbeing when there are so many mince pies to be eaten, friends and family to toast, and an abundance of unhealthy a temptations coming my way? Also, even if I wanted to workout, most of the yoga studios are closed for the holiday season! I like to look after myself so what can I do that doesn’t take up too much time? I admit I can be lazy when the weather gets cold! What can I easily fit around my holiday break, relatives and lack of personal space?’
Good question! Yep, keeping healthy and holistic over Christmas and the Holiday season can be a challenge. However, with these simple ideas even in the midst of Christmas fun we can take ten minutes a day to help cultivate wellbeing and harmony.
Ten Minute ideas
- Before Bed – Try my festive candle staring meditation to help remove the stress from being around relatives for too long! It’s christmas so why not make meditating special? You can easily sneak off to bed or wait to everyone else is sleeping to do this!
method: Sit down on the ground, cross-legged or on a chair if you can’t do this. The important thing is the back is straight. Use cushions.
Put a candle a generous arms length away from you.
Light the candle and then take some deep breaths. Feel the sitting bones on the floor or the chair seat. Make sure you aren’t slouching.
Begin to stare at the flame. Make sure there is no draft as you want the candle flame to be easy to follow with your eyes.
Watch the flame as you concentrate on it. After a while close the eyes.
Just keep staring and then close the eyes. Keep doing this until you can still see the flame with your eyes closed. Continue concentrating as you breathe deeply. Once the flame disappears open the eyes again and try again.
You can do this meditation for 3-11 minutes whenever you feel the need to feel more calm, let go of what others have said to you, and also to build up your concentration. To finish make a wish as you blow out the candle.
- On Waking– If you get time to do nothing do a few rounds of Sun Salutations. A perfect and easy way to wake up the body. Again you can get up before everyone and do these. Sneak down before the kids are even awake. You can always go back to bed for a snooze. Salute the day and your body for carrying you all these years. Even five minutes of yoga can make one feel happier. Method: See my article on Sun Salutations or if you have a more time try my free winter yoga video.
- In Middle Of The Day- a perfect excuse for ten minutes or so exercise is to go for a walk. Take the dog, the relatives, or escape by yourself. Walks are free instant exercise ideas which are also an excellent way to avoid the intensity of being around loved ones 24/7. Also, fresh air and nature work wonders for our wellbeing! Observe the breathing as you walk to make it more holistic. Method: Meditation walk ideas
The picture below was taken a few years ago on Christmas day. I’d somehow managed to get my wellies stuck in thick mud. I’d fallen, hit my nose and my partner had to pull me out of the mud, plus save my sinking phone. The picture hides it, but I was utterly caked in in mud!!
So there you have it, a few simple ideas on how to fit yoga into Christmas. Yoga is for life and having fun is great but also let’s remember to fit in some self-care, both physically, mentally and spiritually. Enjoy your Christmas and thanks for your support over the years.
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Jane Bowyer (The Word Sprite)