Christmas.... the Yogi way.
hristmas is a season to have fun, to, to spend time with loved ones, to indulge in delicious food, to party and have a well-deserved break and a good time.
Modern life can demand a lot of us, not only physically but also emotionally. Current society is moving fast and at times we feel like we have to catch up, finding ourselves in a swirl that can swallow us in, bringing us out of balance. Although Christmas is a fabulous time, it can also bring extra concerns, buying Christmas gifts, feeling the effect of being targeted by endless marketing campaigns from retailers inviting us to buy more, to acquire more, to give more… activities that can be distracting us from what Christmas is all about: Enjoying time with family and friends.
So, this year, for me, I am seeking to strike a balance between letting go and keep grounded. I don’t want to end up feeling I over did it in January, having to spend time trying to get myself back to center. So, I want to invite a kind of Yoga to my holidays, and I am not talking only about Asana, I am talking about Balance, about being present and fully enjoying the time with family and friends, it is about giving & receiving, instead of feeling un-grounded or begin dragged by too much consumption.
So here is my Yoga approach to Christmas:
So, a quick reminder for those who are thinking, what is grounding?
To be ungrounded is to feel un-connected, feel spacey, think too much or feel too much anxiety. Therefore to be grounded is to re-connect ourselves to the earth, feel rooted to the ground, to be in our power, to become aware of the tension and consciously let it go, as a result, we feel “present here and now” in everything we do.
So, with above in mind, have a very Happy & “Grounded” Christmas!!
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When Yoga Teachers get injured
I got recently diagnosed with a trapped nerve in my hip joint (yikes!). It is unclear how I got this! The GP guessed it was a sudden movement either sitting down or standing, it could have been my running or my Yoga, the dancing, sitting, etc.… whatever it was, it set me back and took me by surprise. I went from being very active to having to rest and nurse the pain. This was a temporary situation and the speed of the recovery was down to me, so I could either get frustrated by this, or dedicate my energy to make it better as soon as it was possible.
Injuries are part of life, it does not matter if we are a less adventurous sofa lover, or mad hyperactive gal, there will be times when we are going to hurt a part of our body. Now the important thing here is how we deal with it, and what we learn from it. this blog entry shares how I approached this:
So, 2-3 weeks later, I feel much better, I also learnt a lot.
As Yogis, we can sometimes do a lot more asana and leave other meditative Yoga practices less attended. It is ok as long as we are aware of this. I felt much more calmer after I practiced meditation and Pranayama more. We can always get something positive out of being sofa bound.
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Yoga teacher & Senior Scientist working full time with a major Multinational.