The busyness of the holiday season is in full swing. The time seems to fly by as we run from one commitment to the next, our minds buzzing with all the things that need to be done along the way. It can be crazy-making.
It is in times like these I try to remind myself of the power of presence. Did someone say presents?! No… Presence.
In class, I remind my students to draw the awareness towards breath and sensation in order to become fully immersed in the present moment, to slow the hands of time and process the information that is constantly bombarding us. It is easier to achieve, however, in the controlled environment of a yoga class, where the atmosphere is built to induce presence. Not so easily done at a relative’s holiday party, say, where there is constant stimulation and perhaps even a personality or two pushing some emotional buttons. But it is opportunities like these that help take our yoga practice to the next level: off of our mats and into our worlds.
Here are 5 crossover tools for taking your yoga practice from your mat to your world: