Oh look it's Monday. Boo to the end of the weekend but yay for being that little bit closer to Christmas! During the holiday period we often do a lot of travelling to see family and friends so when I came across the Yoga for Travellers article in OM Yoga Magazine on how to take your practice anywhere I found it interesting.
I like to think I have a strong self practice but sometimes during this super busy time of year it is hard to roll out your mat when you'd rather have a hot chocolate on the sofa. However, trust me when I say that you will feel 100% better if you step up to the mat. My biggest tip and one which is mentioned in the article is to not put unrealistic expectations on yourself. Start with just five minutes, soon those five minutes will grow with your practice.
Long car journeys and sleeping on lumpy mattresses can take a toll on the body, you might also feel out of sorts being out of your regular routine. Your practice doesn't have to be complicated, just see what happens. Twists often feel good and they help to detox the body after eating or drinking a little too much. Which is inevitable during the holidays right?!
Sometimes family can cause stress. Your brother or sister might just annoy you a little bit when you are in close quarters, that aunt who is forever asking when you are getting married might tip you over the edge so rather than blowing steam out of your ears take a step back. I often talk about how we can use the breath as a tool during our yoga practice but we can use it off the mat to diffuse sticky situations as well. Pause. Find a quiet space and just breathe......
Written in collaboration with OM Yoga Magazine. All words and opinions are my own.