How 5 Yogis Get Back in Balance After the HolidaysTuesday, January 3, 2017 9:46
Down-to-earth tips from the root tribe
The holidays are a truly a magical time of year; we’re collectively reminded of the joy in giving and the importance of community. We celebrate a necessary break from the structured nature of our routines and revel in special meals, parties, and possibly some time away from the discipline that characterizes our regular exercise schedule.
As fun and therapeutic as it is to eat, drink and be merry, the holiday season can also bring with it a lot of stress, changes in weather (and your immune system), traveling, issues with family members, over-committed calendars, and a ton of other things that affect us on a physical and emotional level. The post-holidays re-entry into our lives can often leave us feeling a little out of balance. If you’re experiencing lethargy, a dip in motivation or just needing a reset, we’ve collected some wellness regime reboot advice from our Root Yoga Instructor tribe to inspire you.
1. Make Self-Care a Non-Negotiable
The season of giving brings goodwill and fulfillment by extending your energy to the wants and needs of those you love, but it can also cause us to unconsciously put ourselves on the backburner. Recommitting to your own self-care this winter is essential.
Power Vinyasa Instructor Rachel Hines explains, “After the holidays I find it helpful to get back to my self-care routines. Green shakes in the mornings, healthy lunches, shared dinner with loved ones – all on a fairly regular schedule. My body performs best when it has lots of nutrients and a good amount of sleep. I wind down each night with a bath followed by reading and journaling. With these habits in place I can be more fully present to deal with life as it unfolds.”
2. Practice Detoxifying Yoga Poses
We don’t like to think about our holiday indulgences as toxifying. We honor the love and care that went into making all of our delectable treats, as well as the joy our bodies feel in receiving them. In the aftermath of the holidays, though, our digestive systems can use a little assistance in processing some of the excess.
Power Vinyasa Instructor, Lindsey Holy advises incorporating cleansing yoga poses and breathing practices into your daily regime. Some of these include:
Twists: Compressing and decompressing the vital organs housed in the abdomen can help release toxins. Twisting postures can also aid in digestion, which encourages the elimination of waste.
Example: Half Lord of the Fishes
Pranayama: Breath work can be incredibly supportive in purification.
3. Commit to a Daily Spiritual Practice
Hatha Instructor, Anna Volkoff explains, “I like to commit to a sadhana, a spiritual practice, during the new moon cycle. It can be any daily practice that first thing in the morning. It should be whatever you enjoy doing, working towards a specific goal. A flow, a set number of sun salutations, a morning meditation, or 100 breaths before breakfast. As you practice your daily sadhana, honor your intention/dedication of your practice. Honor your light and the meaning behind your sadhana. What are you trying to accomplish? It’s also good to withhold something, to help balance the indulgences the holidays bring. Welcome this tradition into the new year and watch the best you shine through.”
4. Keep It Balanced
If you’re like Power Vinyasa Instructor Ian Tagge, it’s about keeping in balance all year round…
“I try not to go too hard one way or the other,” he says. “I’m not real militant around being perfect with anything like a diet or exercise or practice regime…I just kind of let myself do what I need to do, whether that’s working out or practicing yoga a lot – sometimes it means eating a lot of pizza. I try not let the pendulum swing too far in any direction… and keep it sustainable. I do what my teacher taught me to do – two fistfuls of greens a day, 8 glasses of water and then let everything else fall into place from there.”
5. Quiet Time
Who knew we’d love the quiet game so much as adults. If your head is still ringing with those catchy Christmas tunes, you’re gonna love this. There’s a lot of fascinating research on Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain. Vinyasa Instructor, Elona Landau agrees…
“In order to recover from the excess of the holiday season, I try to spend time in silence,” she says. “The hustle and bustle is not just impactful physically; emotionally there are a lot of ups and downs. Reminding myself to take time alone with no sound gives my mind and my ears a chance to rest.”
Root is a safe, nurturing environment created for you to take care of you. Whether you’re wanting to recommit to your yoga practice, schedule time with one of our holistic practitioners, enjoy the sauna or meet with one of our team members for a complimentary wellness consultation, we’re here to support your balanced wellness journey.