DAY 21: THE END

11/21/2015

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DAY 21: THE END

During this #beinspired challenge, you've done many things. You've walked with loved ones, practiced yoga on your mat at home and at the studio with friends, listened to classical music and belted out classic rock songs in your car, knit scarves, watched speakers brave the stage to share their stories, swung on the swing with your children, started a book, finished a book, and started another book. And so much more. 

But what you've really done over the last 21 days is to create your own catalog of activities that nourish and inspire you. 

So on days when you there's a pause in your daily routine and you find yourself wondering, What can I do now?, take your dog for a walk, or watch a Ted Talk and learn something new.

And on the days when life feels tense or uncertain and you ask yourself, 'What should I do now?' return to this same list. Instead of trying to solve it all right away, ask yourself, 'what do I really love?' and do that.

Do more of the things that make you feel more really alive, the things you really love. That's what yoga--and really, life--is about.

#beinspired #borealis21daychallenge #move #read #watch #write #listen

DAY 17: READ

11/17/2015

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DAY 17: READ

Reading is like yoga. Much like the feeling I get when I haven't taken a yoga class in a long time, I can tell when I haven't been reading; I feel more easily agitated and fidgety. Reading helps reduce stress and calm the mind and body. 

But did you know that reading may even lower blood pressure and slow the progress of Alzheimers? Click here for a list of 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Everyday.

And here's another reason to read everyday: it's FUN! Reading, particularly fiction, takes us out of our everyday life and transports us to a different place, time and focus, helping us to not get overwhelmed by the myriad of tasks, people and responsibilities vying for our attention.

Open a book...and go somewhere fun!
#read #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

Day 16: Drop and give me 20!

11/16/2015

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The variety of exercise regimens and equipment available has grown exponentially in the last 20 years. Yet somehow there is no replacement for push-ups. This basic exercise if one of the most common and has been around probably as long as we have.

Push-ups recruit several major muscles groups, including biceps, core muscles, triceps, pectorals, and deltoids making it a very effective way to increase upper body strength and overall tone. Done consistently, they can also help to prevent shoulder injuries. (Remember to bring the knees to the floor if you're working with sensitivity in the lower back.) Besides the physical benefits, push-ups are a very easy way to get rid of nervous tension or stress and get an ego boost. 

So go ahead. Wherever you are, drop and give me 10 of your best...20 if you're feeling brave. And if you feel as if the classic push-up is not entertaining enough, check out the video below for some creative variations.

#move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

Day 12: It only takes a minute (cue the Take That song from 1992)

11/12/2015

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DAY 12: IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (CUE THE TAKE THAT SONG FROM 1992)

There are many ways to calm the mind. And it only take a minute.

In his book "Quiet Mind: One Minute Retreats from a Busy World," David Kundtz, author also of "Doing Nothing," presents a series of 2-page reflections on aspects of daily life, such as drinking tea, road rage and teeth brushing. It's a great book to pick up, read a chapter, and then put it back down until you want another little break from your daily routine.

So it's perfect for those of us who have trouble reading a book from start to finish, or have 5 unfinished books on the night table. 

For those of you who were hoping for the music video from the 90s song "It only takes a minute, girl," I won't disappoint you. Click here for a flashback in time that may make you want to dance instead of read. 

Either way. #read #move #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

I CHALLENGE YOU

10/31/2015

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I CHALLENGE YOU

I challenge you. To engage with life. To do something everyday that makes you feel good. That reminds you of how amazing it is to be alive. And to really feel some of that alive-ness that we all forget we are. 

This November, join us in the Borealis 21-Day Challenge to Be Inspired. Everyone who completes the challenge will enter to win one of 5 $100 Gift Cards to Borealis.

Everyday for 21 days, you will do a #beinspired activity by choosing to do one of the following: Move, Read, Listen, Watch or Write. Take a picture of your daily activity and email it to: beinspired@borealisyoga.com. A complete description of the challenge guidelines is available here.

So go head. Pick up that book you've been using as a coaster. Listen to a piece of classical music you haven't heard in a long time. Or watch a video of someone who inspires you.

WARNING: This is NOT a yoga challenge. You do not have to practice yoga everyday. You can, but I don't recommend it.

Anyone can participate. You do not have to do yoga or live in the Medford/Boston area to participate in this challenge. 

#beinspired #borealis21daychallenge #yogainreallife

RELIEF FOR HEADACHES

4/27/2015

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RELIEF FOR HEADACHES

Seasonal headaches are at an all-time high at the moment. Get some relief with these 13 Poses to Relieve Tension Headaches 

DAY 15 - A KITCHEN INSPIRATION

11/15/2014

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Today, we share an article on making rice out of cauliflower. Genius!

#read #beinspired #borealis21daychallenge

DAY 12 - BRIEF GLIMPSES CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING

11/12/2014

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DAY 12 - BRIEF GLIMPSES CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING

Danna Faulds is an incredible poet, writer and Kripalu yogi. Check out her thoughts on the meaning in a brief glimpse here.

DAY 8 - IS THIS YOGA?

11/8/2014

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DAY 8 - IS THIS YOGA?

I often ask myself the same question.
Click here to get #read of David's favorite articles.
#beinspired #borealis21daychallenge