I don't know about you but I am pretty exited about the Easter Holidays. Because I am getting forced into a long weekend of surfing, camping, bonfires, time with family and friends. I really love that. But I also get slightly uneasy with the thought that chocolate temptations and cosy, social evenings will leave me feeling a bit unpolished afterwards. 

To lift myself up into a optimistic holiday mindset, I found that putting the following steps into action helps, without having to feel restricted or being the boring party police: 

  • Realistically you don't have to revolutionise your holidays to stay healthy, happy and all shiny. Easter the yogic way is about enjoying the free time with a breeze of self appreciation, your own holistic wisdom and a gentle touch of yoga (mindedness). Just imagine spending the days well intended, knowing that wherever you are, whatever you do, is absolutely perfect.

  • Be out there.  I am a firm believer, and I hope you are (or will be) too, that spending time in nature easily makes you feeling alive. A walk at dawn, a bath in the ocean, a run in the forest is thoroughly healing, puts your mind at ease, lifts you up, kindles your creative fires, reconnects you with yourself and inspires you to live your wellness. Let nature be your church, your couch, your spiritual space.  

  • Use the change of routines over the next days to get creative and try some new cooking ideas.  Seek out new veggies and include quinoa or chia into your meals. In actual fact you are creating art when preparing food. Art can be expressed in many ways. Let your cooking be the expression of who you are, what you think about or how you taste and see food that nourishes you. 

  • Use the time to bake sugar free. (You can sign up on my updates and get some delicious-healthy recipes!) Surprise your tribe with an alternative to hot cross buns.

  • Treat yourself with a mini yoga retreat. Set your timer for a 15-30 min. practice. It does not matter which asana or meditation you are coming up with. Enjoy the process of 'yogaing' it out.  Appreciate that practicing on your own is different than being in a class. There is no teacher to guide you. But this is actually where the magic of yoga happens. Even if you think you won't know what to do, trust me - you will be able to come up with something. Downward facing dog for example ;). 
  • Before you indulge in unhealthy matters, pause for a moment and vividly imagine how you want to feel at the end of the day. How do you want to feel the next morning and especially: how do you want to feel AFTER the holidays are over. Imagine how your energy levels will be and how will you feel about yourself. Do this exercise a few times a day, set your alarm on your phone to remember and see the subtle shifts unfolding.

  • Remember that every action you take leaves a positive imprint in the mind of the people around you. Even though they would make a choice that might be unwholesome today, they maybe choose differently next year. (In yoga we call these imprints Samskaras.) Surprise them and say no to a sugary chocolate egg and offer a sugar free cookie or a glass of home made juice instead. As Rasheed Ogunlaru says: 
“Legacy is not what's left tomorrow when you're gone. It's what you give, create, impact and contribute today while you're here that then happens to live on.” 

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Go, get into the wild! Have a good laugh, feed the good within & share! 

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