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  • Writer's pictureBara Vaida

Using the Senses to Slow Down this Holiday Season

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

I hope you had a relaxing and fun Thanksgiving holiday.

Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to the Thanksgiving morning yoga practice. I hope to see you again at another class! For those of you who missed it or want to do it again, here is the link to the recording.

These coming weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve seem to go especially quickly. So how can we train ourselves to be more present? One way is to take time out and notice the five senses: what can we see, touch, sound, smell and taste?

Start with taking a few breaths in and out. Now see five things around you: It can be the phone or computer screen in front of you, coffee cup, a book, your desk or a tree on a walk. Touch four things: your clothing, a pillow on the couch, a pet, the chair you are sitting on. Hear three things: Notice a bird squawking, the hum of the refrigerator, laughter of kids playing outside. Smell two things: The coffee in your cup. Crispness of the cool air. Taste one thing: Eat an almond or piece of chocolate. And then take a few more breaths. If you did this short practice, let me know how you felt. I hope a little more grounded and present.

And join me for some yoga this week to keep yourself moving, destress and strengthen your muscles!

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