There are always times when we find ourselves busier than usual, traveling, or simply out of our normal routine. The holidays tend to fall across all of these categories.
I have found that it is essential to have a yoga practice that can be done when we don’t have access to our usual props or are away from our usual teacher. A practice designed to be so simple we can easily recall it in our body’s memory and access it anywhere.
When we practice in this introspective way, we begin to learn that we are the teacher, we’re ultimately satguru—the true guru—and that connecting to ourselves deeply is connecting to truth itself. We become the person to which we are trying to gain access and knowledge. I think what we’re actually trying to do is hear ourselves and give ourselves permission to actually be right—to give ourselves permission to be our own teacher.
I want to give you an opportunity to listen to that part of you, and to be in the energy that you want to be in regardless of the energy around us that tends to amp up around the holidays. While people tend to get a little angrier, a little crazier, a little everything-er, it’s important for us to choose how we show up for ourselves and others whenever you need—even if that means coming to your practice in the dead of night.
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