Are you feeling it yet? The down slope into holiday madness strikes, generally, the day after Thanksgiving and we get to be the recipient of a most unwelcome gift: stress.
It really is the gift that keeps on giving and is a tremendous problem in our culture that pulls double duty during the yuletide season. Stress is, unequivocally, the MOST detrimental thing to our overall health and wellness. It’s been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, lower immune function and a plethora of lesser and more well-known diseases and ailments.
Lucky for us, there’s yoga. Or as I like to call it....yogaaaaaaah. :) There are specific yoga techniques you can employ to fight stress.
Remember to breathe. Funny how often in the thick of all the rushing around we hold our breath. Taking a moment to simply pay attention to your breath can bring you into a quick state of calm and peace.
Pranayama (deep yogic breathing): You’ve heard it mentioned in yoga class but did you know you can use this breathing to keep you grounded and avoid feeling edgy and wired? Those edgy feelings very often happen due to overindulging in sweets and caffeine, being in overcrowded stores, waiting in long lines to purchase that perfect gift or navigating through heavy traffic. Wherever you are, you can practice your breathing.
One of my favorite breathing meditations (can be done anywhere):