Holiday affirmation box at True North Yoga's Keene Valley studioThe holiday season is upon us, and that means endless joy, family bliss, and abundance, right? (Yeah, even the yoga teachers are snickering at that.) Traffic, crowded stores, and unrealistic expectations can turn bliss into tension. But you don’t have to fall into the holiday stress trap. An affirmation practice can help.

An affirmation is simply a statement made confidently about what you desire to be true for you. When you create an affirmation, decide what you want to be true in your life, then state it as if it is already the case. Choose something you can say in the positive, rather than repeating what you “won’t” be doing. For example, if you notice you anticipate being uncomfortable around aquaintances at an upcoming holiday gathering, you might affirm:

I embrace the holiday season with joy and an open heart.

To use an affirmation powerfully, repeat it daily, out loud, with conviction. It helps to say it three times in a row, three times per day. This way, you are programming your mind into believing it to be true. Where your thoughts go, your emotions follow. It’s the same mechanism that makes us cry during a sad movie scene, as if it were happening in reality.

To get started, you can choose a holiday joy affirmation from the box when you visit one of our yoga studios. Your yoga practice will also help relieve holiday stress, so check our schedule for a class in Schroon Lake or Keene Valley, New York.