If you celebrate any of the upcoming holidays during this time of year, then you are familiar with rituals.  Some of my family's rituals include decorating the Christmas tree, watching certain classic holiday movies, taking in a candlelit church service, and planning a stay-at-home Christmas Eve homemade pizza making night.  These are just some of the things we do.  Other rituals are more personal and introspective.  As the end of the year draws nearer, most of us take a look back over the calendar year.  We might tally our high points and not-so-great times, decide what we've learned over the past year.  Maybe we even make plans on how to translate this year's lessons into next year's living.  

Some rituals that we keep don't serve us well.  Everyone has them.  Mine is to worry about.....well, everything. It's not a constant ritual, but it is a frequent visitor.  It's the ritual that helped me to commit to a consistent yoga practice, a mindfulness reminder, and using essential oils.  All of that has really helped me.  This time of year is when lots of those unhealthy rituals of stress creep in.  All the more reason then to replace them with habits that provide a balm for our nerves.

We can't stop and hide from the busyness and bustle of the year holidays, nor would we probably want to if we can instead find a way to enjoy these times more.

I invite you to find a yoga class - in person class at an area studio** or to even practice at home with a yoga video***.  Use those calming breath techniques we've discussed at this blog.  Dab some lavender over your heart space or diffuse it or another calming oil in your home or office.  Have a cup of tea without rushing out the door with it cooling on the counter.  Whatever it takes to help you find that peaceful space that resides within you....you deserve to feel better.

Namaste,   Lori

I've got some fun offers going on with the Sankulpa Yoga Retreat for Renewal.  One of them involves my favorite yoga supplies company, Clever Yoga.  Check them out on the website and on the Sankulpa Yoga Facebook page.  I'd love for you to join us!  Please reach out if you have questions.  Spaces are filling up, so sooner is better than later.

**Yoga Studios that I Love:  The Yoga Effect in Grayslake, IL  -  Trillium Yoga in Antioch, IL  -  Wildroots in Salem, WI  -  and of course....  Sankulpa Yoga

***Online Yoga Teachers with whom I practice:  Yoga with Adriene, Yoga by Candace, JBrown

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