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xmas yogaOne month till Christmas… Which means it’s time for the annual orgy of indulgence that — I can’t help but think — is never quite as much fun as it’s supposed to be. All those stodgy lunches and hangover-riddled parties. The pressure to eat chocolate 20 hours a day and buy tonnes of stuff for people they that they probably don’t need or even want. Santa suits and ironic jumpers and too much mulled wine. I don’t want to sound like a complete Scrooge, but I think it’s easy to get caught in the holiday tide of over-eating, over-drinking and over-consuming generally.

Yoga teaches us that we should be mindful of our bodies, our spirits, our interactions with others. Surely the holiday season is the ideal time to focus on this, and instead of getting swept away by tear-jerking TV ads and endless trays of biscuits, we can use Christmas (or whatever holiday you observe) to give heightened attention and devotion to our yoga practice.

This might sound impossible due to all those lunches and parties, but you don’t have to bust out a 30-day challenge in order to benefit from Bikram during the holidays. Just make it a point to keep up a regular practice and when you come to the studio, leave everything else at the door. Be in the moment.

It might seem like “one more thing” but I promise the peace and focus of yoga will help you navigate the holiday in happier spirits. Try it!

Share your holiday yoga practice tips in the comments.

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