Just arrived home from teaching a ‘holly-day’ themed power yoga class. Power yoga classes tend to emphasize fast-paced movement connected to the breath. This style of class seems like an appropriate metaphor to strive for the season – moving quickly with ease and mindfulness. How often do we become so consumed with our to-do’s and wish lists that we forget to take the time to stop and enjoy the festive music, admire the decor as we stroll through the city, or approach gift shopping with a joyful attitude rather than another task we need to knock off our list.
This is a special time of year and it’s important to take the time to make life special. For my yoga classes, I like to do this by using themes like today’s class which focused on finding peace in chaos. In the final yoga class I had with my undergraduate students, I gave my students handmade paper ornaments with snowflakes on them as a takeaway. On the back was a quote by Francis Bacon,
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We only have this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake”
This gift was to serve as a reminder to live their yoga practice. How do you ‘make special’ the holidays for your friends, family, employees, clients, students, and important people in your like..?