This past weekend as my husband and I were struggling with hanging up our holiday lights and my daughter was diligently trying to eat her gum drop tree I started thinking to myself why do we do this every year! My poor husband who is always stuck on the ladder with freezing hands and no gloves is probably asking himself the same thing. Or maybe it was when our 2 year old decided she had to go “potty” and started to pull her pants down to go outside as to not miss out on any of the fun J Well, maybe we do this because we don’t want to be that neighbor…the only one on our block who has not hung up their lights. Possibly because I bought the light for 50% off and don’t want to feel like we wasted our precious money. Or could it be that our parents hung up lights so we feel it’s our obligation as parents to do the same? Maybe we do this because the lights are so incredibly beautiful and it adds more light to our dark days before the solstice. I’m sure all of these add to the perceived sense of obligation but really the reason I believe we do this is RITUAL. To maintain traditions we embodied as children and to create new rituals for our family.
Rituals create a sense of security. It creates a container, a safe space where you can feel rooted, grounded, and centered; a space where you can connect with your root, tribal chakra; muladhara chakra. When you feel grounded and rooted you naturally feel more connected to your heritage, your culture, your tribal community. You naturally feel more expansive and connected with this universal pulsation of energy. Your holidays can unfold organically and be infused with love and abundance.
So where do you start? First create awareness of the rituals you already embrace; black Friday family shopping, a special meal before or during the holiday celebrations, gratitude sharing, celebrating with family and friends, a special game you always play. Embrace these rituals as they are already alive and full of energy. Next, contemplate other rituals you would like to manifest during your holiday celebrations. Honestly, the simpler they are the more powerful they become. Turn the tv off and light a candle for your holiday meals, talk about where your food came from and share a blessing before each meal, spend time outdoors (nature walk, sledding, lantern walk, etc.), sing seasonal songs and share seasonal stories, consider donating or volunteering for a local charity, create a vision board, and simplest of all share with each other what you are grateful for this holiday season.
Overtime, these rituals become automatic and naturally invite more freedom and expression into your holiday celebrations! These rituals give you space to embrace your celebration, your practice more fully.
Below is a list of a few fall and winter offerings intended to add more peace into your life. For a full list of my class schedule please visit www.begraceyoga.com.
and always Be Beautiful! Be Abundant! Be You! Be Grace!
Family Yoga Holiday Class
Sunday December 11th
11:00-11:45 Belly Bliss
Celebrate the holidays together with your family through the practice of yoga. Our family yoga celebration will include seasonal songs, stories, movements, games, new poses to practice at home, poetry, and savasana/resting exercises. A variety of cultural traditions/rituals and celebrations will be incorporated into our practice. Family yoga provides an excellent space for the entire family to slow down and connect during the business of the holidays while simultaneously stretching, strengthening, and relaxing your body. This class is appropriate for children walking-age five and parents/caregivers will practice alongside their children. No yoga experience is necessary.
Investment: Use your current class package or $12.00 total for one adult and one child. Additional children or adults are $5 per person. Non-mobile babies are welcome at no additional charge.
Family Yoga 4 Week Session
Sunday January 8th-February 5th (no class on January 29th)
11:00-11:45 Belly Bliss
Family yoga provides an excellent space for the entire family to bond and connect while simultaneously stretching, strengthening, and relaxing your body. Through the practice of yoga, children will naturally develop more inner body awareness and will enjoy having a space to creatively express themselves through movement, breath, and intention. Families will leave with tools to continue the yogic journey off of their mats including songs, stories, games, affirmations in motions (sun salutation chants), new poses to practice at home, and resting/savasana exercises. Share the practice of yoga with your child in a fun, playful space and observe how your entire family grows and evolves. This class is appropriate for crawlers-age five and parents/caregivers will practice alongside their children. No yoga experience is necessary.
$48 for entire 4 week session (pre-registration required) or regular class prices for drop ins. Parents/caregivers with multiple children are encouraged to attend. Prices apply to one adult and one child. Additional children or adults are $5 per person. Non-mobile babies are welcome at no additional charge.
I am excited to be co-teaching this class with Gretchen
Sunday January 22nd, February 5th, February 19th, and March 4th
9:30-10:15 am Yoga for Young Warriors-Eliot Street Collective
Yoga is good for everyBODY and children with special needs are no exception. OTs and PTs are recommending yoga for children as a way for them to gain strategies for calming down, to create body awareness, to build coping strategies for stressful situations. YFYW has taken the time and energy to create a format built for the needs of children (particularly children with sensory processing challenges)
No special labels or referrals required, just a desire for your child to have a positive, appropriate yoga experience.
THIS WORKSHOP STYLE CLASS IS DONATION BASED!!! Please pay what you can. Our suggested donation is the “normal” class price of $12.