It's that time of year - short days, long nights, cooler weather and (very often) an absolute whirl of socialising, possibly combined with the over-eating and indulging that entails. It can be a wonderful season, bringing light and laughter to the darkest time of the year, but in all the rushing around, last minute present shopping and fine food preparation we can overlook ourselves and how we're actually feeling . . . that it might be nice to go to bed early, or curl up with a good book by the fire or take a long, uninterrupted soak in the bath, or long walk in the daylight. We might feel better for spending a day eating less rich food, ensuring we drink the recommended 1.6 - 2 litres of water and avoiding salt and sugar as much as possible.
I am the last person to suggest some sort of puritanical approach to the holiday season or life in general. In fact, one of my granny's best and most often repeated advice-for-life-statements was "My dear, if you do everything in moderation, you will never have any fun" and I stand - and occasionally fall - by it. But in what little spare time you have this holiday season, with my yoga mat out, I suggest you take a moment to reflect and ask the question "If my body could ask for one gift from me this year, what would it be?" and see if you can bring a smile to your whole self. Remembering that yoga-principle that we must first love and look after ourselves, only then do we ensure we have the energy, the stamina and the patience to take care and look after all the other people whom we hold dear.
On and off the mat, yoga philosophy or principles can be applied. This blog catches those meanders as well as some of the extra bits that we don't have time to go too deeply into during class.