With the social gatherings and the shopping and the making a list and checking it twice, this time of year can be overwhelming. Worry not! Our very own yoga instructor, Kait Johnson, offers a few tips on how to slow down amidst the madness. Even a few moments of breath and checking in with yourself may make a huge difference this holiday season.
Breathe. When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, try using a diaphragmic breath to calm your nervous system. Filling up through your low belly, expanding it like a balloon, into your rib cage and lungs. Open your mouth and take a full exhale. Repeat this 4 or 6 times, really focusing on slowing and controlling the exhale. If you find yourself with a spare 3 or 4 minutes maybe pair this breath with a child’s pose or legs up the wall!
Move. We may be a bit biased, but science is science and we like science. So, here are the facts: exercise produces endorphins in the brain, which act like natural pain killers and mood enhancers. Who doesn’t like a little enhanced mood?! And if that’s not enough to help you make time for that workout, endorphins also improve the ability to sleep, ultimately reducing stress! Whether it’s in your mat or on your bike, your feet, get moving this holiday season!
And there you have it. Rêve is here for you to help you take some time for you during the bustle of the holiday season. We’ll see you on the bike and on the mat!