giveaway! online yoga videos with mon yoga virtuel

giveaway! online yoga videos with mon yoga virtuel

It’s giveaway time again!

With the holiday season approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in social obligations and activities. We forget to take time for ourselves, we’re traveling, we’re sleeping in cramped quarters with extended family – and often, our yoga practice falls to the wayside.

Virtual yoga is the perfect way to maintain your practice when life gets busy. IAYB has paired up with Mon Yoga Virtuel / My Virtual Yoga for a giveaway to get you through the holidays. We have one six-month membership (value: $99) to the online bilingual (French/English) service.

A wide selection of Montreal-area based yoga teachers offer up  more than 60 video practices organized according to style, length, level and theme. You don’t need to be a Montrealer to appreciate the featured teachers – their talent and skill transcend geographic location.

To enter, simply answer this skill-testing question in the comments section below: How do you keep yourself grounded during the holiday season?

Comment before 5pm EST, Friday December 6, 2013. One name will be drawn at random and notified by email.

**Please note that the email addresses of all comments will be added to the IAYB weekly email list; if you’d rather not be added, simply write OPT OUT at the end of your comment.

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  1. Lol, being grounded is always a challenge for me, so during the holidays, i let myself fly, enjoy the view and not worry about it. Keeping up my routine of daily yoga practice brings me back down to earth every time!

  2. It is hard to stay grounded during the holiday season, but I try to increase my yoga practice. I also take time to drink tea or hot chocolate: by smelling it I come back to breathing, which is essential for grounding, and by savouring each sip, I got back to a space of gratitude and of being in the present moment. These are all things I can do off my mat, even in a room full of people!

  3. I take the time to meditate for myself. Especially if I have to be around the holiday crowds. I get upset very quickly around those situations.

  4. So many holiday events are centered around indoor activities (cooking, eating, shopping, parties), it’s easy to start to feel caged-in and stir-crazy. I feel much more grounded when I balance it out with plenty of time outside in nature, going for walks, hunting for mushrooms, or gazing at the nearby lake. Even if the weather is biting, grey, and blustery, I feel so much more calm, present, and grounded after some time spent out of doors.

  5. Carving out a bit of time for myself helps with holiday madness – whether it’s reading, going for a walk, napping or watching a favourite movie under a blanket, it helps slow everything down. Doing a little more gentle yoga doesn’t hurt, either! 🙂

  6. I try to keep my expectations realistic. There is no “perfect Christmas” and there isn’t a “perfect me,” either! I try to keep in mind that the most important part of the holidays for me is giving and receiving love. My secret weapon for holiday stress is taking long, long walks. It helps me burn off any nervous energy and gives me space to think.

  7. By craving out time to laugh, be silly and look up different comedian specials to listen to. Laughter is definitely one of the best ways to keep sane during the holidays along with Sun Salutations of course 🙂

  8. By switching up my health maintenance routine, and leaving the past right where it belongs (with a little help from my ability to rewrite it, of course)…

  9. I stay grounded during the holidays by trying to keep time for myself each day for at least 15 minutes of meditation, and 25 minutes of exercise. Exercise is very important to me especially in view of all the holiday treats and feasts. 🙂

  10. I remind myself to stay present during this hectic time of the year by slowing down and noticing the small things around me. In taking in the small sensory joys of the season, I am able to be more grateful and grounded!

  11. I try to keep grounded by enjoying family holiday traditions like baking cookies together and skating as a family on Christmas Eve. We also try to spend plenty of time outside appreciating the natural world and the beauty that can be found in simple things.

  12. I practice asana daily and engage in little rituals to keep me focused. The holiday season is a great time for me to do this since Advent is such a meditative, ritualistic time in my spiritual tradition (Episcopalian). I can attend church weekly, do the advent calendar and light Advent candles. It’s a time for singing, chanting, meditating, and giving. That’s why I always love the holidays, no matter how stressful they get. 🙂

  13. Coming back to my breath is my way of staying grounded. Doesn’t take much time or effort and it brings me back to the Here and Now!

  14. Oh I miss Montreal so much, taking yoga in Québec French would be awesome 🙂
    Anyway, how I stay grounded: more meditation, rest as / when I need it, keeping up with my yoga practice and coming back to my breath are the best ways for me. Oh, and playing with the kitties as well, they have their own sense of what priorities are.

  15. I think this is a great service. I can’t always make it to a class but I feel I require some form of guidance to start a home practice.

  16. I keep myself grounded during the holiday season with sleep, yoga, meditation, exercise, a relatively healthy diet, and friends.

  17. I keep myself grounded during the holidays by eating a lot of sugar. OK, that doesn’t usually help. I’d like to say yoga and meditation, but that wouldn’t be true either. I guess my favourite thing to do is go for long walks with my friends and family. It is a nice antidote to large gatherings and parties.