"When we travel we often feel renewed and come alive. We think this is because we've gone somewhere new. It's silly isn't it? It's because we're somewhere new and we expect and open ourselves to notice. We recognize the presence of beauty and newness. We go intending to have fun. We allow ourselves to relax. Why do we save up this attentiveness and availability for joy for our vacations? Why not take a vacation today right now wherever you find yourself? Can you discover the beauty and fun, the playfulness and freedom of a holiday right in your own normal every day life? What a gift!" ~Meredith Murphy [Thanks to Tracy Stalker for this]
I know that for some the holidays are anything but happy. And for others the holiday season means stress, busyness, and a never-ending to do list. Personally, I find the holidays to be a happy -- albeit a little too busy for my tastes -- time. This year, I've been busy with lots of personal changes. Couple that with the holiday buzz and it's a recipe for stress and frazzlement. Since I'd rather be more fa-la-la-la-la than fra-fra-fra-fra frazzled, I'm using my yoga. That means working in pockets of time in which I sit still and focus on my breathing or 10 minutes of extra slow asana. I always find that directing my focus inward -- especially in times when my focus is continually being pulled outside -- helpful.
Today I'd like to bring happy back with a few yoga-inspired goodies that are sure to put a smile on your face, regardless of how you feel about the holidays:
- Perhaps it's my Italian roots, but I'm a hugger by nature. Not only does hugging make me happy, but watching others hug makes me happy as well. Here's a little hugging happiness accompanied by a jolly little tune. Scroll further down on the page and you'll find a wonderful challenge for the rest of the month (and beyond) -- hug someone every day.
- They say that music soothes the savage beast, and I've found this to be true. If the holiday music is starting to get to you, why not try some soothing mantra music? Click here to download a free mix from the talented Surya Devi.
- What happens when Santa is stressing out over the good and bad lists and worrying over toy production? He turns to yoga, of course! Click here to see Santa's yoga routine and to practice right along with him.