While Christmas time is often a time of cheer for many, it can be overwhelming and chaotic to others. This is truly one of my favorite times of the year; my tree is up, my house is decorated, and I even managed to squeak in a day with my family to bake some cookies.
But I wouldn’t be able to do all of this, at least not with my sanity intact, if it weren’t for yoga. As an unabashed introvert, I know that time spent by myself, surrounded by the quiet, is just as important to me as time spent with family and friends surrounded by the jubilation of the season.
That being said, before I describe how I use yoga to help me reenergize myself from the chaos in my life, particularly at this magical time of year, let me delve a bit deeper into what it is and isn’t like to be an introvert.
There are a lot of misconceptions and presumptions about us out there, and while I would never presume to know how another person feels, in my own experience, being an introvert doesn’t mean that we are reclusive and don’t like to socialize with other people.
Although it may take some time for us to feel comfortable in a social situation, and we often prefer smaller groups of familiar faces over large groups of unknown faces, we do like to get together with friends and family and are even up to meeting new and interesting folks.
But, once we have had our visit, we need some time and a place with minimal interaction to restore ourselves, or in yoga talk, our prana. If you are savvy to this yoga lingo, you will recall that prana refers to our life force, and this life force within us is unique to each and every one of us.
During this particular time of year, when we are faced with holiday parties, shopping for gifts in crowded malls, and are just feeling overwhelmed by our Christmas to-do lists, our prana can become unbalanced and depleted. We need to realign the energy that runs through our bodies, or as I like to call it, recharge our batteries.
7 Yoga Poses to Help You Recharge
While we all have our favorite yoga poses, there are some that we crave more than others depending on what needs we want to fulfill within. Some are good for giving us strength and confidence, while others are good for bringing us peace and a sense of calm.
For recharging my battery, I have a few poses in particular that I always make sure are in my yoga arrangement. If I don’t find that I have the time for a longer session, then I know that these few poses will do the trick, even if I can only manage to fit in 10 minutes for my sequence.
*Keep in mind that some of these poses will require you to add a transitional pose in between, such as Table, Downward Dog, Standing Forward Bend, or any other preferred in-between yoga pose.
Find Your Own Way to Recharge Over the Holidays
It is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed from the holiday chaos. And for those who follow a similar introverted path, we can sometimes feel depleted from the holidays that little bit more. If you can’t find a way to recharge, to rebalance your prana, then you may find yourself feeling burnt-out and like you’re losing your mind, or worse, your sense of self.
There are many ways you can revitalize yourself over the holiday season, yoga, although one of my favorites, is just one of them. Take the time to care for your body, mind, and spirit, whether with a good book, a warm bath, or a snuggle on the couch while watching a good movie with some popcorn. Don’t fear the imbalance of energy that can come from the chaos of the holidays, recharge your batteries with the above sequence and get back to enjoying this enchanted time of year.
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