With the Christmas holidays around the corner, in Yogafool we have decided that this is a great time to practice the yamas and nyamas. And maybe we can focus our efforts on two of them: TAPAS (discipline) and Brahmacharya (moderation) because with so many company dinners, family reunions, drinks with friends and numerous parties … no doubt we’ll need an iron discipline to keep a steady yoga practice and train moderation in our diets to avoid starting the new year with “new pounds”.

Here are some tips for a Christmas full of yoga and free of excesses:

1 – Start the day with a smoothie: The YOGAFOOL smoothie includes banana, spinach, apple, cucumber, lemon, and ginger and will nourish your body with a huge amount of nutrients that are easily absorbed because liquids are easier to digest than solids.

2 – Schedule time for your yoga practice: Your practice will help you deal with the stress of the holidays and avoid weight gain. If you do not have time for a long practice, try to have two short ones of 20-30 minutes at the beginning and the end of the day.

3 – Have 4-6 small meals throughout the day: Do not skip meals, if you arrive to dinner starving it will be very difficult not to give into temptation and you will fall easily into excesses. Before leaving for a party or dinner, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite.

4 -Beware of liquid calories, especially alcohol: All those “innocent” caipirinhas have tons of calories from sugar! Besides, alcohol can lower inhibitions and induce overeating. Try to alternate alcoholic drinks with water, and limit yourself to one or two drinks at most. As with almost everything, moderation is the key.

5 – Rest well at night: As if being tired wasn’t punishment enough lack of sleep can also lead to obesity. This is because we produce less leptin (an appetite inhibitor hormone) and produce more ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”). Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night will help you not only maintain a healthy weight, it will also strengthen your immune system and increase your energy for your yoga practice.

6 – Spend time with people you love: Expending time with family, friends and loved ones is what makes this time of year so special. Enjoy every moment of sharing, smile and have fun. CHRISTMAS COMES ONLY ONCE A YEAR!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL THE YOGAFOOLISHS!