They don’t call it the silly season for no good reason, chances are you’re getting ready to head home to family and loved ones for Christmas. If you are not heading home, you have a holiday destination booked and are looking forward to making the most of some time out after a busy year. We are huge advocates of rest, but it is important to maintain a healthy balance even when you are on holiday. Maintaining your practice during the festive season can be hard but we have listed some helpful tips to help you stay focused & balanced this summer here:
Remember the good old school days where you would prepare all your uniform and school supplies the night before school? That’s what we are talking about here! If you are heading away make sure you pack everything so that you have it all when you need it. Opt for a thin, lightweight yoga mat if you have one as it will be easier to carry around and although it may not provide all the cushion you had hoped for, it will be there when you need convincing to practice. Pack your favourite yoga outfits, these will also help to motivate you no matter where you are!
Make the most of Nature
Lets be honest, summer in Australia means its hot and sunny outside. Think of it like a big hot yoga studio! Embrace the heat. Practicing outside can be such a refreshing change from a studio environment with the sounds of the waves, the birds, the wind… it is the perfect opportunity to quite literally flow with nature. Early mornings or late afternoons are the perfect times to practice outdoors as the heat is typically cooler. Studies have shown that exercising outdoors can assist with tackling stress and anxiety so grab your yoga mats, water bottles & SPF and head outdoors!
Take a friend
Chances are you will be with family or friends so why not get them on a mat as well?! When there is two of you ( or more ) you are accountable which means you are less likely to miss a session or make excuses to avoid practice. The extra motivation is also a great bonus, some days you may not be motivated by your friend will be and vice versa. It also means you can still be social and you may even find fun ways to incorporate practice into your holiday!
Its called holiday season for a reason. Embrace the sleep ins and don’t get too caught up with having to be awake at the crack of dawn to do your 90 minutes of flow every single day. If you stick to being realistic about what you really want out of practicing while you are on holiday then you are more likely to practice. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to do the normal routine that you do in the studio opt for a 30 minute flow, some meditation, sun salutations or stretching. The most important thing is to stay focused and know that something is always better than nothing!