I am currently working on a new dance piece with my long-time friend and colleague, Kirsten Wiren. The piece is called “Go Without Me” and it’s about saying goodbye. (We’ve all been there, right?)
The proceeds from the show go to a great cause. The kids at Art for Impact donate the proceeds from their shows to different humanitarian causes. This one goes to RainCity Housing, delivering progressive housing and support solutions for people living with mental illness, addictions and other challenges.
Kudos to Arts for Impact! I know from experience that the budget of an artist in BC these days hardly affords a descent meal, never-mind room for charitable donations.
Along with myself, there will also be performances by Craning Neck Theatre, Alison Denham, Edmond Kilpatrick and more. Drinks and appy’s will be on hand as you explore.
I was standing in line at Shoppers the other day and as I waited by the till, I noticed the red and green wrapping paper at arm’s length and heard George Michael singing “Last Christmas” over the in-store radio. It hit me like a snowball at recess; the holidays have officially arrived.
As much as I love the holidays, I know it can also be a very trying time for many, myself included. Stress levels shoot up high as we scour our brains and the malls for that perfect gift. Our immune systems take a beating from all those holiday toxins (read: fun) like alcohol, sugar, and extra calories. Sometimes we feel we just don’t have the time for a yoga class, a gym session, or ourselves for that matter.
If this sounds like you, here are 5 quick tips to get you through:
1. Do a breathing meditation. Sit still for five minutes daily anywhere: on your favorite chair, on your floor, at your desk… Close your eyes and allow your mind to quiet. Breathe deeply, right down into your belly to alleviate stress and anxiety. Breathe in for 4 counts and out for 6. Follow your breath with your awareness. With awareness in our bodies, we begin to access more enjoyment and presence in our own experiences, rather than just going through the motions.
2. Stock up on your vitamins. ‘Tis the season for colds and flu! Excess sugar and alcohol can compromise the immune system, so go ahead and indulge in an extra glass of mulled wine, but make sure you are also stocking up on vitamins. Vitamins C, D and E are known to be immune boosters. (Talk to your local health care professional for recommended dosages.)
3. Don’t forget your R&R. Sleep is so important to for our moods, hormone regulation, and overall health. When we sleep, our cells regenerate and our immunity strengthens. Make sure you schedule in 7-8 hours minimum each and every night. Research shows those who get a good night’s sleep are less likely to give in to food cravings, have a lower overall body-weight and also cope better under stress.
4. Twist away the holiday toxins! After your second or third holiday party, you might need a quick detox fix. If you don’t have an infrared sauna handy, try a supine twist. Lie on your back and hug both knees onto your chest. Take your arms along the floor in one line with your shoulders, then drop your knees to one side and look over the opposite shoulder. Breathe deep to massage out toxins.
5. Above all,be grateful. Enjoy your friends and family for all their politically incorrect blunders and uncouth quirks. Be grateful for the people who surround you, the food on your table and the roof over your head. Adopt an attitude of gratitude and all will come…
May peace and happiness fill your being this holiday season.