The holidays can be the best of times and the worst of times, all at the same time. Whether traveling stresses you out or it's your extended family, a painful breakup, the loss of a family member, or a simple sugar crash after eating one too many cookies—it's OK. Really.
One of the reasons we practice yoga, eat well, meditate, and this year (as reported in mbg's 2018 wellness trends) even started a breathwork practice all year around is to make sure we can stay present and stay with whatever emotions may arise. The holiday season is ripe for meeting edges, old versions of ourselves, ghosts of people passed and past, and more.
To set up for practice, sit on a block in virasana (hero's pose), or blanket or pillow. Ideally the hips are above the knees to take the pressure off them, but you can sit on a couch or lie down for this as well. Here are three breathwork techniques that will help you handle whatever comes your way: