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“Breathe” Through the Frenzy of the Holidays

25 Dec

Today is Christmas and the 9th day of Santa’s tips for celebrating the holidays.  It’s entitled, “Breathe”  – Yogi Santa (image below) encourages you to relax and breathe in the midst of the frenzy and festivities of the season.  (And while you say you don’t have time, taking a yoga class or two will help you with the whole breathing thing)breathe_cropped

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Santa’s Tip #9 for Celebrating the Holidays- “Breathe”

31 Dec

Breathe – relax and breathe in the midst of the frenzy and festivities of the season.  (And while you say you don’t have time, taking a yoga class or two will help you with the whole breathing thing)

Om for the Holidays

15 Dec

I’m excited my Om for the Holidays article was published in The Elephant Journal.  Check it out at –

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/11/om-for-the-holidays–liz-kitchens/ 

Om your Way through the Holidays

19 Nov

I’m so honored and thrilled with the responses I’ve had from yoga studios and students to my “Om…for the Holidays” cards and products.  Thank you so much and don’t forget to “om” your way through the holidays.

Om…for the Holidays

7 Nov

Go ahead and Eat, Pray, Love your way through the holidays.  But rather than going half way around the world to do so, let’s try staying “Om…for the holidays”. 

As the holiday season approaches, it’s déjà vu all over again as we face the prospect of endless shopping trips for perfect presents and food for feasts.  We often spend money we don’t have in pursuit of an ideal nestled into our memories leftover from Christmases past.

As yogis and yoginis it would seem we could transcend the frenzy inherent in these holiday festivities.  Perhaps we just need a reminder to help us escape from the stress and schedules even for a second or two and re-discover the playful side of this colorful holiday.  I know my brain gets tired of checking off the incessant to-do lists.  Let’s try envisioning a different kind of holiday, one that might not feel so harried.  It helps to have a visual mantra reminding us to approach the holiday with a more playful attitude.   I know what this symbol looks like to me, it looks like this…  (go to my website to see Om…for the Holidays products)  

Santa’s Tips for Celebrating an Ideal Christmas

28 Oct

Christmas is approaching.  It’s déj vu all over again as we face the prospect of endless shopping trips for perfect presents and food for feasts.  We will make the annual pilgrimage to our attics, climbing rickety ladders retrieving ornaments, strands of burned out lights, and ceramic Santas.  Garland and gifts gradually take over guest rooms.  We will watch Miracle on 34th Street for the 34th time up to our elbows in cookie dough and wrapping paper. We often spend money we don’t have in pursuit of an ideal nestled into our memories leftover from Christmases past.  Now, let me be quick to add, I LOVE CHRISTMAS.  When I contemplated converting to Judaism in my former marriage, I was perfectly willing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and spend the day fasting in quiet contemplation on Yom Kippur.  However, giving up Christmas was out of the question. But, this year, why not try envisioning a different kind of holiday, one that might not feel as harried.  Perhaps we just need a reminder to help us escape from the stress and schedules and re-discover the playful side of this colorful holiday.

“Santa’s 12 Tips for an Ideal Christmas” can help serve as that reminder.  Go to www.idealizms.com to check out these Christmas cards with tips from Santa to help make the holiday season more enjoyable.  Cards such as, “Breathe” features Santa seated in a lotus position on a yoga matt, and “Color Your Christmas” with Santa draped in colorful Christmas lights, are designed to inspire your holiday season.  Interior reads, “Hope Your Holiday is Ideal”.

Santa Yogi Will Help you Breathe through the Season

14 Dec

 “Breathe” is one in a series of clay sculptures entitled, “Santa’s 12 Tips for an Ideal Christmas”. This whimsical art piece features Santa Claus seated in a lotus position on a yoga mat. Santa’s tip- relax and breathe in the midst of the frenzy and festivities of the season. To see more in this series go to http://tinyurl.com/ydjde88.