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Yoga for the Holidays: Replace Stress with Gratitude

Oct 31, 2011 11:29AM ● By Susan Kiskis

Fall is a time when not only does Mother Natures begin gearing down for a state of rest, but individuals may feel the need to do so as well. Then, the joy and peace of the harvest season is interrupted by the hustle and bustle of holiday planning and celebrations, calling for extra housework, cooking and shopping.

It is through yoga that many individuals find their center during this time of year. Yoga practitioners can attest to the calm, abiding state they find on the mat. As more than just asanas (poses), yoga allows a moment of breathing, focus and gratitude. Through controlled breathing, the heart rate slows down and the mind clears.

With the use of asanas, endorphins flow through the body, bringing the practitioner into a state of bliss. One may feel happy about getting out of a pose after a good few breaths, proud that a certain bend was finally accomplished, or simply filled with a peaceful moment in time.

Given a little time each day, yoga can have profound effects on health and happiness. While holiday shopping may induce in us a coma-like state, yoga releases the constant chaos of the body and mind and brings a sense of self-appreciation. Once that is found, we can express gratitude for the people and blessings in our lives.

Susan Kiskis owns Barefoot Yoga and Wellness Studio, 130 A Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg 17055. For more information call 717-610-1200 or call

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