Sustainable Habits for 2017

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While each morning that we wake can be an impetus for change and growth, there is something special about a whole new year. Let’s take this new day, month, and year by storm and truly commit to our beliefs. We choose the way we want to live. Here are some ideas about how to live in tune with our earth:

Shop Local! Here are some of our favorite locally grown, sustainably made, and ethically conscious businesses in our own community!

Brookline Grown
A local food store located in the heart of Coolidge Corner, selling everything from Green Line Growers greens to Clear Flour bread and 4A Roasters coffee beans. Everything in the store is made in Massachusetts, and mostly within a 10-mile radius!

Brookline Winter Farmers’ Market
Stay warm and enjoy the local wonders of the Brookline Farmers Market indoors! Check out the winter market at the Arcade Building in Coolidge Corner each Sunday 11A – 3PM Nov – April!

Leaf Boutique
Providing the Brookline community with beautiful vintage jewelry and ethical clothing for over 20 years. This shop is filled with one-of-a-kind finds that will make your closet shine.

Wild Goose Chase
This Brookline boutique has been introducing American-made, finely crafted items to the community since 1977.

Good news! No need to spend in order to make an impact-- here are some great ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in your everyday life:

Do you have any pairs of socks that are out of commission due to a small hole or two? Rather than throwing them out and purchasing new pairs, consider mending a stitch or two in those socks and giving them new life. Five minutes of stitching time and your feet are back in business!

Coffee and tea lovers alike can make their morning cup sustainable with a reusable tumbler. The CCY management staff can’t get enough of our YETIs. These super durable and perfectly sized mugs have become our best commuting companions!

There are such easy ways to make an impact. Sometimes it is the culminations of our small actions which nourish the earth and inspire others to do the same. When you go shopping, bring a reusable bag. (It’s hard to remember and organize, but take a mindfulness moment to reflect on the trees that birthed our paper bags.)

Try two wheels instead of four. Not only do your lungs get some devotion and exercise, but you can arrive at your destination knowing you aided the planet in our collective journey to healing, growth, and forward momentum. Biking, rollerblading, or scootering (!) is an adventure in empowerment and fun. Go outside and embrace the wind on your cheeks. Feel the hug of the earth.

Yogi of the Month: Tahir Hussain

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Tahir Hussain

Occupation:
Boston Police Operations support staff

Fun fact:
My wife and I love animals and especially love learning and studying about Orcas, the most beautiful, intelligent, baddest, creatures on this Earth.

Favorite yoga pose: 
The chair; for some reason my eyes light up when the teacher says it, I'm like, 'YES, something I can do well!"

When not on the matt, where I can be found?
I'm at a mosque in Roxbury a couple times a week praying and reading Quran. Otherwise, I love to cook, spend time with family, watching my beloved Boston Celtics, and just laughing.

How long have I practiced Yoga and my latest Yoga breakthrough?
I joined CCY in early October as it was a birthday gift to myself, but I began practicing it in early September from one of my neighbors. My latest breakthrough is to soften the face and eyes, to breath, and to use the side of the matt with the picture otherwise I will slip.

How has yoga impacted my life?
It's a big work in progress but I expect many, many positive impacts as I continue to practice. It's helped me strengthen my back as I've dealt with a disc issue in my back for over 20 years. It's helped fill a void in my life as I used to be an amateur boxer through USA boxing and New England Boxing and left that about 6 years ago and have missed being part of a team, of pushing myself in a sport, of trying to get that level of focus where no outside distractions can affect me. Everyday intentions before every class are the same: To absolutely work my hardest without any short cuts, to show great respect and appreciation to my teachers, to be a better person in life, and not let the stressful and negative people at work get the best of me. I expect yoga to keep impacting my life with these intentions forever, God willing. When I'm at CCY, the teachers and staff make me feel so welcome.