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'Tis the Season to Twist Away Tension

Erica Blitz helps twist away holiday tension

The Holiday Season is a time for celebrating the gifts of life and being with loved ones. However, the holidays can also be a time of year where stress and anxiety are heightened. Whether shopping for gifts, travelling to see friends and family (both near and far), finances or even dealing with uncomfortable family situations, the holidays — while intended to be a celebration — can sometimes add unwanted stress.

In the current swirl of commercial and social pressures, it's easy to forget the meaningfulness of the season when holiday stress leads to impatience, feeling tired and being overwhelmed. It's also the time of year where there's a tendency to put our own health and wellness on the backburner until the Holiday Season is through. We tend to roll our yoga mats into a corner and instead parade from one festivity to the next succumbing to the temptation to indulge in holiday beverages and sweet treats along the way. By the time December 31st rolls around we're well ready for those New Year's resolutions and reversing the tide of over-consumption.

In hopes of a healthy and happy holiday season, consider taking time for yourself. Listen to what your body needs. One of the easiest ways to reduce this stress is to simply relax. Fortunately, yoga offers the perfect remedy with techniques to ease your holiday worries and energize your body.

Yoga will help you stay calm in challenging situations while fostering a sense of happiness and harmony. Yoga has a strong effect on the physical body, and is even more powerful at regulating the emotions and subtle energies of the body. The meditative and mindfulness practices of yoga are excellent tools to bring awareness to our emotional states and help conquer holiday stress.

Yoga also teaches us to look inside, focus less on the material things and more on what truly makes us happy. If you're looking for a thoughtful gift that will help your loved ones relax during this busy season, you won't have to stretch your wallet to help somebody else stretch their body. Namaste Season 3 is here!

When buying gifts this holiday season, be aware of the meaning behind gift-giving rather than focusing on material value. Reflect on where your energy and money is being spent and give with purpose.


Erica Blitz www.ericablitz.com 

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