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Yoga After the Holidays

Post by Mike Manning for the Kind Kindred series.

Photo by Alison Kurek

The holiday season can be a great time, full of giving, thankfulness and much needed time spent with family and friends; however, the holidays can also bring with them a lot of stress. Worrying about organization, cooking, shopping and a host of other aspects, it’s not unheard of for people to find themselves overwhelmed and stressed out during this joyous season.

After the holiday season, yoga can be a great way to start the New Year. When pressure starts setting in, even past the holidays, a great way to relieve that stress is through yoga.
When colder weather and more dangerous travel conditions start to become apparent, it can be difficult to get yourself to a gym or similar complex to practice yoga, but that doesn’t mean that you have to forgo it for the season. All you have to do is get a yoga mat and you can turn nearly any room in your home into your own personal yoga sanctuary. If you’d like, you can even light a few candles or incense and put together a relaxing music playlist to make your surroundings feel even more intimate. I actually bought my wife a few pieces from here last Christmas that she hangs in her sanctuary.
The meditative properties of yoga are especially beneficial during this time of year. While everyone is reflecting on the positive aspects of their lives and focusing on a fresh start, there is no better way to center your mind than with a peaceful yoga session. Additionally, using yoga to relieve some of the various stresses that you’ve inevitably encountered during the days of the holiday season will help you focus on your adventures in the upcoming year.

Practicing your relaxation and meditation exercises will help you start your New Year fresh and ready. Obstacles may arise with 2014, but with your personal yoga breaks, you can center yourself and de-stress. 

Mike Manning is a Fitness and healthy living enthusiast who tries to see the best in all situations. He loves to hike, run, weight lift, travel, camp, cook, and be outside. Traveling the world and seeing nature’s beauty is his hobby and staying healthy through that is essential to him.

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