Erica Bornstein is a yoga teacher, dancer, and lover of all movement. Erica believes that yoga can be an embodied art form, a stimulated workout, a lifestyle, a tool for therapeutic relaxation, or a form of spirituality. Overall, yoga is an accommodating practice, accessible to all people, that requires only loving care for the mind and body and the willingness to cherish your own breath. Erica also believes that you only live once and you shouldn't torture yourself with workouts you don't enjoy!

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The Dancing Yogini

by Erica Bornstein, Yoga, Dance, and Fitness Instructor

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Here's a fairly common scenario: You are finally getting into a regular yoga practice. Your chaturanga is getting stronger, your downward dog is actually comfortable and you don't want cry every time you come into plank pose. And then, here it is, the busy holiday season full of shopping, traveling, parties, and family to suck all of the time and energy out of you.

So the question is, how can you keep up with your yoga practice during all of the holiday craziness so that you don't have to start from scratch come January? Here are some tips so that you can remain in tip-top yogi shape throughout the madness of this season.

1. Travel with a yoga mat. There are travel mats that are small and light-weight and are fairly easy to pack into a car or take on a plane. Every time you look at the mat, it reminds you to roll it out.

2. Get up a half hour to an hour earlier and practice at home. You can use a DVD, a book, videos on YouTube or my videos on Diet.com.

3. Get creative about where to practice... hallways, kitchens, porches, even large bathrooms will work. Really, any mat-sized space will do.

4. When you are traveling, look up class schedules for yoga studios in cities you are visiting. Encourage your family to come with you. Maybe you will get them hooked as well!

5. Set aside just 10 minutes of your day so that you can perform some of the strengthening basics: Try holding plank for one minute. Do some "yogi-pushups" (come in to downward dog, shift foward to plank, lower to chaturanga, push straight back up to plank, push back to downward dog. Repeat 5 times.)

6. Wake up with some sun salutations to get your blood flowing in the morning.

7. If hours of travel in the car or airplane have you feeling stiff, try some of these seated postures. Please don’t do these while driving (pull over)!

Don't let the holidays take you completely out of your practice. You need to treat it like a priority and when January rolls around, you will feel as though you never left.

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