The Holidays are a season that, for many, is full of emotional ups and downs. With all the things that we are told we need to feel, buy and be doing, sometimes it’s hard just to sit back and be still with ourselves.

Practicing physical yoga and meditation can be an amazing way to strengthen and stretch your body, focus your mind, and unwind your spirit if you are feeling anxious or stressed out. Practicing yoga and meditation can also assist in improving cardiovascular conditions, mobility and balance limitations, anxiety and depression, and physical ailments such as lower back pain. Not only that yoga stimulates our circulation and leaves us feeling rejuvenated, more limber, and energized.

There are various types of yoga and meditation practices that you can adapt based on your specific requirements and desires. There are some styles of yoga that are vigorous, and others that are slower, more relaxing, and even meditative styles. There are silent meditations, breathing focused meditations and sound meditations amongst many others. No matter which type of yoga or meditation you choose to incorporate, they all provide physical and mental wellness benefits that are essential, not just during the holidays, but throughout the entire year.

Let yoga give you the break you need from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Take a deep breath, relax, and focus on the present moment regardless of whether you get to spend it surrounded by your family and friends.