The holiday season is officially upon us, and that means that many people are scrambling to find the perfect gift.
Yet no matter how shiny, expensive, and large the gift, it won’t be the greatest one you can give. Instead of focusing on material possessions, why not turn your attention inward and think about what you can do for someone instead? Sometimes simply being there and offering your time and love is just the gift a person needs.
It’s about giving people your presence – not presents.
Sharing unconditional love is something that you can practice all year round, too! We all have things going on in our lives, and it can make a world of difference to sit down with a friend or family member and just listen to them. Spend an hour talking over tea or coffee or invite them out for a leisurely walk through the neighborhood. This one-on-one time is sacred; a moment where you two can share and actively listen to each other. It sounds so simple, but you’d be surprised how difficult it can be to fit into our daily lives!
Perhaps that means that we need to slow down and take some time to realize what is truly important.
Fancy technology, huge material displays of affection, and hefty price tags don’t indicate the true feelings we have for others. Giving people our time, our attention, and our generosity and kindness does though!
I know for me that practicing yoga on a regular basis helps to keep me grounded in what’s most meaningful in my life. Moreover, that hour or so I spend on the mat during my hot yoga class enables me to be fully in the present.
The past is behind me and the future is an undetermined moment that I have not yet reached. When I am completely absorbed in the present, I am better able to appreciate my body, and in general, my life. This principle applies to giving someone special your presence!
This holiday season, I am going to concentrate on getting together with my loved ones and being full present in the moment. Be it a family get-together, a chat with a friend, or even a phone call, I will dedicate that time to engaging with them and giving them my whole presence – no distractions.
I might even encourage them to try out some hot yoga with me, which can help establish healthy patterns of mindfulness in the present moment.
I can’t believe that the holidays are rolling around again! This year, I have a lot to be thankful for: relationships, my career, my health… which brings me to the topic of self-care during the holidays.
It is so important that we take care of ourselves, especially during the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. We get so caught up with buying the right presents, preparing the holiday dinners (while trying to avoid the sweets), and running around like mad that we completely neglect our own well-being, and that’s no good!
The truth is, we can’t fully embrace the holiday spirit and the closeness of loved ones if we are sick, crazed, or completed wiped out. That’s why I make it a point to amp up my self-care routine during these busy months. Throughout the year I pay attention to getting good food, managing my stress, and working out regularly.
When the holidays come around, I boost my efforts and make them a top priority! One of the things that helps to keep me grounded is visiting Radiant Hot Yoga a few days a week. This is something I need!
Practicing yoga at least three times a week helps me to sweat the stresses out, keep my body warm and loose, and bring positive energy and balance to my body and mind. Going to Radiant Hot Yoga allows me to leave my worries at the door. Once I step on that mat, I am in my space, and only good vibes are allowed!
Plus, nothing feels better than flowing through the movements in a warm room when the weather outside is getting less predictable and more dreary.
Finally, when I take care of myself, I am better able to extend love and compassion to those I care most about. I know my loved ones can definitely notice when I’m not keeping myself healthy, because I’m not very fun to be around! In fact, a great gift for the holidays that I might be stuffing friends’ stocking with is a gift card for a yoga class!
During the holiday season especially, we want to be with our friends and family, so head over to the yoga studio and get into the flow.
Dear Radiant Hot Yoga family,
We wanted to inform you that starting this Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 we will have the following schedule changes (for the time of the holidays):
- Wednesday, Deceber 16th: 8:30 pm class CANCELLED
- Thursday, Deceber 17th: 8:30 pm class CANCELLED
- Friday, Deceber 18th: 7:00 pm class CANCELLED
- Saturday, Deceber 19th: 5:30 pm class CANCELLED
- Sunday, Deceber 20th: NO CHANGES
- Monday, Deceber 21st: 8:30 pm class CANCELLED
- Tuesday, Deceber 22nd: 8:30 pm class CANCELLED
- Wednesday, Deceber 23rd: 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm class CANCELLED
- Thursday, Deceber 24th: all classes CANCELLED, except the 8:15 am and 9:30 am classes
- Friday, Deceber 25th: studio closed
- Saturday, Deceber 26th: 11:15 am and 5:30 pm classes CANCELLED
- Sunday, Deceber 27th: 11:15 am and 5:30 pm classes CANCELLED
- Monday, Deceber 28th: 8:30 pm CANCELLED
- Tuesday, Deceber 29th: 8:30 pm CANCELLED
- Wednesday, Deceber 30th: 8:30 pm CANCELLED
- Thursday, Deceber 31st: all classes CANCELLED, except the 8:15 am and 9:30 am
- Friday, January 1st: only having the 9:30 am 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm classes
- Saturday, January 2nd: normal schedule resumes.
Please, at all times, verify the online schedule for any changes that might occur!Online schedule
Everyone at Radiant Hot Yoga would like to wish you a very happy holiday season.
We feel truly blessed to have you a part of our yoga family. You are home when you are at Radiant Hot Yoga.
Give the Gift of Yoga
Gift certificates in any denomination
Yoga gifts and gear
Keep your loved ones healthy throughout a yoga filled 2015
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you.
Wishing you many blessings now and throughout the New Year!
With love and deep gratitude,
Darlene and the Radiant Hot Yoga Family
For the holiday season (December 22-January-4) we offer a modified class schedule!
Please use the below link to see the changes to our schedule:
You can also download the Radiant Hot Yoga – Holiday Schedule in PDF format!
Downloadable Holiday Schedule
December 22 – January 4
Please, at all times verify the online schedule for any changes that might occur!Online Schedule