The Roundup! Winter Practices and Slowing Down

The holiday season brings joy, laughter, and togetherness. But it can also bring stress, tears, and busyness. We’ve gathered a few articles to help you sync with winter’s vata energy, slow down, and stay sane throughout the holiday season.

6 Self-Care Rituals For Syncing With Winter’s Vata Energy—As the winter winds bring colder and dryer air, shifts happen within your body as well. Restore yourself for the winter and holiday season by practicing these self-care rituals.

Want a Zenned Out Homelife? Try These 5 Mindfulness Techniques With Your Family—A family that meditates together stays together. Integrate your meditation life with your family life by bringing your meditation practices to your home. Create powerful shifts in your family and move through the challenges of daily life together by incorporating these simple mindfulness techniques.

Train Your Brain to Tame Holiday Stress and Anxiety—Even though the holidays are supposed to be all about cheer, stress finds plenty of ways to sneak in. Learn to notice certain patterns in your brain and make subtle shifts this holiday season to find some ease.

Buddhist researchers find that religious chanting reduces stress—“People keep chanting because it brings them psychological benefits,” says Venerable Sik Hin Hung, Buddhist monk and director of the University of Hong Kong’s Center of Buddhist Studies. “Not just because they want to go to the pure land. If you’ve got a stressful daily life, this will help you too.”

The Suffering of Busyness—Does it always seem like you’re “too busy”? Do you feel overcommitted? A recent study found that busyness rivals wealth as a symbol of status in the US. But busyness is not necessarily a good thing. In fact, it can lead to many different types of suffering.

5 Signs You’re Overdoing Your Asana Practice—Living in a fast-paced world where everyone’s “too busy” can affect your asana practice. Know when you’re overdoing it and how to slow down.

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