5 Yoga Tips To Get You Through The Holidays

Whether you practice every day, three times or once a week, maintaining your yoga practice this time of year can be difficult. There are parties, busy work days, travel and over-all hectic scheduling that can pull you away from your mat. The problem is, many of us can get stressed this time of year, and lose sight of what the holidays are really about. More than ever, our yoga practices are enormously important to keep us sane. It’s been proven that yoga can reduce stress and adapt our brains to think more level-headed. If that’s not a perfect recipe for the holidays, I don’t what is.

But let’s acknowledge, that yes, it’s hard. Consistently making it to your mat is the most important — and yet one of the hardest — things to do. Over the years, I’ve come to find little tips and tricks to keep my yoga practice consistent no matter what the external forces may be. Here are five tips from what I’ve learned to help ensure that you get those asanas in:

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…But before we dive in, a big thank you to my gorgeous model. Candace is a yoga teacher in the Philadelphia area, and she’s full of amazing spirit. Check out her blog and Instagram for a deeper look into her yoga practice!

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Tip One: Set up a yoga area at home and leave it there

Find a space in your house where you can build a little yoga area. Lay out your mat, keep your blocks set up, and have some incense nearby. It’s much easier to make yourself hit the mat if it’s there ready and waiting. It’s even better if it’s at home because then you don’t have to go anywhere to actually get your yoga in. It’s also especially handy if you like to do early morning yoga. You can easily wake up and wander to your mat, letting yourself fully awaken as you settle in with your breath and begin moving your body.

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Tip Two: Get a space heater

In most states, December is cold. It makes you want to do, well, nothing. To overcome that, I have a little space heater set up near my yoga mat, and I turn it on 5-10 minutes before I hit the mat. By the time I come back into the room, the space is nice and warm. It’s like a little escape from winter, and makes the yoga practice that much more sweet. Not to mention you’ll really get a sweat going once you get into it.

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Tip Three: Sign up for a streaming service

With all the crazy scheduling and travel this time of year, it can be hard to make your yoga studio’s schedule fit with your own. That’s why streaming services are a great supplement to your class regimen. Late at night, or in a hotel room — you can pull them up whenever and wherever you’d like. Most only cost $10-$15 a month, so you won’t be breaking the bank, and you may even be incentivized to get in more yoga than you did before. Some streaming services that are great to check out include Udaya, My Yoga Works, and YogaGlo.

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Tip Four: Take a minute to plan your week

I find it’s much easier to get in yoga when I pre-plan which days I should do it. Do yourself a favor, and sit down on Sundays to think through what’s coming up over the next seven days. Plan which days you will hit your mat, and then try your hardest to stick with it. Be sure you’re not just filling every free moment with yoga though. Be realistic. Planning your week also involves making time for socializing and down time. Every life needs balance.

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Tip Five: Shorten your practice

Some days, you just won’t be able to get in those juicy, sweaty 90 minutes. That’s ok. Just 15 minutes of yoga is better than nothing. Even sitting cross-legged on your mat and doing breath work is beneficial for the mind. Sometimes you’ll plan to do 20 minutes, and you’ll end up doing 60 once you get going. Whatever you have time for, do it. The important thing is getting on your mat.

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+ I hope that this post is helpful to keep you yoga-ing all month long. But maybe you have something to share as well. Tell us, how do you maintain your practice through the holidays? Please leave your tips in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. such great ideas! I also really love to add a few yoga stretches and poses during work – when I’m copying or faxing, I always have time for a quick warrior 1 or a front bend. when I’m sitting in my chair I love to do a twist here and there…. thank you for sharing your lovely pictures!

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  2. I want to try yoga so bad!! But I don’t know nothing about it (how to star) and I’m being lazy and not doing research.
    Now I’m committed to research and give it a try!!

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  4. Amazing and inspiring post for the winter months. Just went through a fast practice this pending and it did feel great to get the work in, even if only for a little bit. (:

  5. love the idea of the space heater! I live in houston but it still gets chilly here a few months out of the year and you’re right…I don’t want to do anything when it’s cold ;) Thanks for the inspo…

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  6. Thank you for this. I’m finding it hard to keep my practice going right now and the idea of just keeping my mat out all the time in an area makes so much sense! I’m wondering why I didn’t think of that before! Namaste.

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