‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly! ...But' 

By Laura Ahrens

‘Tis the season to be jolly!'  
But, we may also be heartbroken, overworked, overwhelmed, or lonely.  

Our yoga invites presence, which is inseparable from authenticity. To be present, we also have to be open to our current experience, regardless of whether or not we would have chosen it. When we deny our current state, a mental war is waged between what is and what we wish would be. This causes suffering. We then tend toward judgment and admonishment, and away from the loving relationship we so desperately need from ourselves.  
This season, we can gift ourselves moments of spaciousness amidst potential chaos. It is here that we can laura bowtap into the awe of being alive in all of our humanness and with our full range of emotions. Only here can we open the space within ourselves for presence and authenticity. 



1. Focus on your breath. The breath is ever present. Even as the mind time travels, plots, or worries, the breath serves as the touchstone for coming home to the present moment. Every time you focus on the breath moving through your body—its inception, its exit, and the sensations of breath moving within you—you’re choosing yourself and your life over imagination and conjecture. 


2. Let the tears come. They’re a very real expression. Not only tears make space for you to be how you are and feel what you are feeling in the moment, but you’re also cleansing and releasing.  


laura hand on heart3. Put a hand on your heart and take a few breaths to allow   yourself to feel whatever you’re sitting with. In our busyness, we often neglect our emotions, which then get buried in endless lists and urgencies. Place a compassionate hand on your heart with no need to fix or change yourself or the situation and feel your own warmth. 


4. Lie in savasana for a few minutes (more if you have them!). Give yourself the chance to rest, process, and integrate. While you’re on the ground, perhaps you can appreciate how the body is caring for your well-being. You haven’t scheduled your liver to cleanse you, or your heart to pump. You’re not overseeing your cellular regeneration. Your lungs breathe even while you’re sleeping and completely unconscious of taking a breath. If you’re dealing with an injury and illness, even a small scab over a scrape can show you how the body wants your wellness when health feels far away. You can practice this pose before you go to sleep, at the end of your yoga practice, or in the midst a busy day as a self-care act of rebellion. 



How to Practice Savasana: 

Savasana translates to “corpse pose,” and is practiced lying down. For some added weight and warmth, place a blanket over your pelvis or, if you prefer, your entire body. Optionally, place a pillow or blanket under your head for softness and support. If you have yoga blocks or a bolster, you may decide to elevate your shoulder blades and skull to open the chest to stretch across the muscles that tighten when you’re fearful, shut down, or shivering in the cold. To emulate the photo, use two blocks, with one under your head and the other under the back of your heart/shoulder blades at the same height. For more neck support, lift the block under your head to one height taller. If your lower back is sensitive, a rolled-up blanket, pillow, or bolster can help create relief. 


Take Coolidge Yoga Home for the Holidays!

By Elizabeth Heller


Is there anything better than going to a yoga class and doing your holiday shopping all in one place? You can do just that at Coolidge Yoga’s Brookline studio this holiday season. Do Good with your consumer dollars and Feel Good about your gift choices with the plethora of beautiful, nourishing, and eco-friendly gift options for everyone on your holiday list—and you, too! 



Top 5 Holiday Picks:

1) Under $15

Triloka incense and elephant incense holder at Coolidge yogaScent your home or someone else’s with Troika Chakra Incense and a darling elephant or lotus flower incense holder. Holders are under $8 and a wide variety of incense is $3.50 each.  




2) Studio to Street! 

The CYB clothing racks are bursting with edgy and eco-friendly yoga clothes for women and men. These items will take your from the studio right into your busy day! Try these on for size:


manduka faux shearling jacket and beyond yoga leggings at Coolidge YogaAnything But Basic, Black: Add your own heeled black booties or knee-high boots and off you go:

  • Manduka Shearling Jacket in Black Shimmer 
  • Beyond Yoga Tank Open Up Tank in Black
  • Manduka Essential Leggings in Black Pebble 


Holiday Shimmer: Investing in the Manduka Shearling Jacket in Black or Beige Shimmer, or the Beyond Yoga High Waisted Midi Leggings in Ombre Sparkle will brighten those gray winter days. In a lighter color, the sparkle is wearable and relevant right into the chilly spring.




3) RAD Roller Tools

RAD Roller self massage tools at Coolidge YogaGive the gift of self-massage! Who doesn’t have a sore or knotted muscle (or two), especially during the holiday season? Have you enjoyed the benefits of these amazing roller tools in a class yet?  Now, you can continue that self-care at home. The RAD system is available in a variety of sizes and price points and is the perfect gift for anyone you love—including you! 




4) Spa at Home
Love Lotus Beauty essential oil and bath salts at Coolidge Yoga

No time to escape on a retreat this month? Take that just-left-savasana feeling home and create a luxurious spa moment (or ten) for you and your loved ones with one of the all-natural products from Lotus Love. Choose from skin nourishing soaps, essential oils, bath salts, and more! 




5) The Gift of Yoga
Yoga props for home and gift card at Coolidge Yoga

Well, here’s the gift that keeps on giving! Encourage your friends and family to join you at Coolidge Yoga with a class pack or gift card. Or set up your friend's home with all the tools they need for a home practice. 




And, the Best Idea Yet …

Yoga bundle with mat, carrier bag, and yoga towel at Coolidge YogaCan you imagine receiving anything more fabulous than a yoga gift basket? Choose a yoga outfit, RAD roller, incense and holder, soap and essential oil, and a 10-class yoga pack, all arranged in a pretty basket. Create your own or ask a CYB manager for ideas. 


Do Good, Feel Good all year, but especially during the holiday season. We’re sending all of our favorite yogis wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and love-filled holiday season!

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