Any advice for sticking to your yoga practice during the hectic holiday season?
I find it helps
to set daily intentions rather than looking at the entire holiday season. So I wake up and set an intention every day to fit yoga in, and then I’ll even put it in my calendar as a reminder. Getting to the mat is the hardest part; once you’re there, you’re like, “Oh, thank God I made this decision!”
Yoga teacher, surfer, and creator of our balance-bringing Home Practice on page 69
I always have
a travel mat with me, and I try to grab any 5- to 15-minute window of time that presents itself throughout the day and do whatever practice feels best at that moment: meditation, asana, study, etc. Often, my family members want to join in, and it becomes a great way to be together and connect.
Yoga teacher, co-founder of YogamazŽ, and inspired baker—try his crave-worthy scones on page 36
I redefined my relationship with the holidays and created the intention that they should be a time of rest, connection, and ease. Making this perspective shift has allowed me to stay aligned with my personal practice. If I ever lose sight of this intention, I shift my practice to come back to the basics.
Kripalu School of Yoga faculty
Inhale, exhale, pause.
We receive about 20,000 breath cycles a day. If only for a single cycle, I am conscious of this great gift that infuses me with life, and all of the weight of the holidays is—
poof— gone for the moment. Take refuge in the completion of the exhale, in that magical silence of emptiness during the natural pause. Remember, this is yours: nothing to buy, no tricks to learn.
Co-founder of Yoga Shanti in New York City and our pranayama Master Class teacher on page 79