• Michelle Pitcher

Incorporating the Spirit of Yoga into Christmas

Today I want to speak a little bit about my experience with Christmas and how it has deepened as I have progressed along my path of yoga. With yoga being a part of my life over the years, I find that my relationship with Christmas has been impacted in a positive way. I now contemplate on the truths of Christmas and what it really means to me as I have opened my eyes, quieted my mind and found more balance in my life.

Christmas is a time of year that is very important for people all over the world. It is a time when families come together. It is a time when we remember all of the blessings that we have been given and we celebrate them. We give gifts to those that we love and we cook them the best food that we can make. We sing songs of joy and we feel wonder as we look at all of the lights around us. We get cozy and make a fire; we sip on cider while having a long deserved laugh. Christmas is a time for joy and magic. Christmas is a time to remember the birth of the son of God and celebrate.

As Christmas has come and gone once again, I reflect on the meaning and significance. I reflect on what Christmas really meant for me this year. I savor the depth of the experience and I forget all of the things that tried to fool me. Christmas is a time that can easily digress from its true meaning. It can become a season obsessed with shopping, over-consumption and stress. But the honest truth is that Christmas can really just be whatever you make it out to be. You can't miss it. There is so much happening all around us and when we stay centered and allow ourselves to open up to the real meaning of Christmas, that is when we find magic and joy.

So I wanted to just take a moment to talk about how we can incorporate a practice and understanding of yoga to really embrace and enjoy the holiday season. Now many of us simply practice yoga to feel good, relieve stress, get strong and flexible or find more balance in our lives. We find yoga as an outlet in our crazy lives to take an hour to just breathe and be in the moment. And yoga can be a really powerful practice for all of that. But it can also be much more. Having the understanding of a yogic mindset can help us find even more peace and happiness during the holiday rush.

The celebration of Jesus' birth can be a time of deep reflection and gratitude instead of stress and overwhelm. And yoga can be a bridge for that gap. Yoga can be a way in which we can remember the spiritual significance and continue to let go of all of the distractions that might come up for more material desires. Instead, we can become more grateful for everything that we already have. We can feel the happiness and joy which has been given to us all along but that we tend to forget about when we get mixed up in the madness.

So take a few moments to just breathe. Find a quiet place in the house where you can come back to your center and recharge through your yoga practice. Come into the alignment that balances both activity and rest. Take time to be busy and having fun, but also take some time to restore and reflect. Bring intention into everything that you do. Bring love into all that you make.

Some lessons I learned from Christmas this year is that we cannot take any moment for granted. We have to rejoice and celebrate all of the little things and even the things that are familiar to us. Instead of feeling worn out from the traditions and to-do lists, feel ecstatic about it. From the same old Christmas stories to the classic Christmas tunes, the same old pie recipe to carving the holiday ham; each moment is unique and significant again and again. Just like someone might practice the same sun salutations again and again, it doesn't get old, it only gets deeper.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to give back and give to those that you love. After all of the hustle and bustle, all of the cooking and shopping, all of the decorating and praying, all of the traveling and socializing; there comes a time for yourself so why not book a yoga retreat. So just retreat yourself and be grateful for the joy of this years holiday season.





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