Welcome to December. This is truly the most wonderful time of the year – abundance of tasty treats, festivity, and a sense of gratitude in the air. The white pine garland and balsam fir wreath are hung, silver and white doves cover our living tree set to greet you at our front door, and colorful cabbage have been planted to replace our fall mums. We’re excited to share in the hollydaze our cOMmunity!
It’s truly been an amazing year. A few 2011 highlights include India Night, Benefit for the Animals, launching TS Labs and weekly TS TV episodes, Tranquil Space Foundation efforts, team retreats, Climate Ride support, incorporation of vintage and reclaimed goods into our green boutique offerings, launch of rewards program, removal of class pass expiration dates, raising over $2000 for So Others Might Eat at our Thanksgivng classes, supporting Pigs Animal Sanctuary board, and our sponsorship of National Conference to End Factory Farming. Thank you for celebrating our 12th year with us and allowing us to serve you tranquility. It’s been a year to remember and we are beyond grateful for our cOMmunity – especially our team who makes it all possible. Truly. May the month ahead serve as a beautiful bow to tie around 2011.
Hollydaze have a bad reputation for the hustle and bustle and accumulation of unneeded goods. However, as we move into this sacred time, my goals is to infuse it with an ongoing splash of tranquility and I encourage you to try the same. Among the sparkle, scent of pine, and gift giving, it’s the perfect time to practice the yoga tenet of svadhyaya (self-study). Here are a few tips for staying tranquil the hollyday season:
1. Indulge in yin yoga. This sacred, slow practice is a delight for calming the spirit and opening the body. We offer classes Tuesdays, Saturdays and will have a Sunday offering in Arlington starting in January!
2. Gift mindfully.
Bake cookies for your office. Pack gifts in reusable tote bags. Give experiences – opera tickets, yoga classes, spa treatments, museum tickets, lectures. Go handmade
. Shop locally.
3. Indulge in self-care.
Get a massage. Take a mental health day. Light a candle. Soak in the tub. Do legs up the wall
. Keep up your yoga practice – even if it is one sun salute a day before falling asleep. Yes, it counts!
5. Savor the simple things. Shop online to avoid crowds. Sip tea. Bake pies. Simmer apple cider. Light a cranberry candle. Give hugs. Savor holiday treats. Smell invigorating peppermint oil. Host an intimate dinner gathering.
6. Just be.
Spend a few moments in meditation. Sit still. Observe your breath. Rest in butterfly pose
. Nap. Take a savasana
7. Reflect on 2011. Light a candle, pull out your journal, sit with your thoughts, and muse on the lessons and highlights of 2011. Do you recall your New Year’s intentions? How did they play out? What do you want to see unfold for you in 2012? Life is crafted by all of our daily choices.
8. Get crafty. Knit a scarf. Bead a necklace. Create bath salts. Upcycle an old tee. Bake brownies topped with sprinkles. Frame a favorite photograph from recent travels. Paint. Dance. Join us on December 15 for our Handmade Hollydaze Fête.
My hope is that you can temper the hustle and bustle and bask in mOMents of tranquility. These eight tips are about savoring this special time, staying reflective, and indulging your creative spark. As we move into the darkest day of the year, let this be a time to turn inward and reflect. Tranquility awaits.