borealis briefly | August 10, 2020




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I wish I were a whale.

Oh to be a whale this time of year, plunging deep into the cool, dark sea. That's the medicine we need on these hot, humid days. Swimming. 

In the Mind-body Reset program this week, we're exploring how to keep cool and healthy even in the summer's heat. It's not an easy task, especially on days like today when it may feel like whatever you do, you're still a sweaty hot mess. 

So how do you cool your whole system down? Take a plunge into some fresh cool water and go for a swim, preferably in the morning or evening. And if you can't be a whale, and you can't make it out to the lake for a swim, then a cool shower will help.

Avoid exercise in the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak. A gentle morning walk or yoga practice is best. Head outside early under the shade of the oak trees at Condon Shell Park with Loni on Wednesday morning at 8am for Outdoor Yoga Flow. Try Greta's Gentle Yoga class on Friday mornings live in the Online Studio at 9:30am. 

Since your body may not be moving as much as it normally does, meditation can help with overall ease and managing stress. To help you with some meditation inspiration, we have a very special gift for you: a free guided dream meditation with the wonderful Lisa DiMatteo. Set aside 15 minutes one night this week and practice along with her. You can access it here in the Free New Moon Meditations on our Namastream site.

It's hard being human. And part of my mission is making tools available that help you manage what it is to be human, even on a hot, sweaty, glorious summer day. 

All my best,

Emilie + the borealis team

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Only a few spots left for Wednesday morning + evening, and Thursday morning classes. Practicing together in community is such a gift. Get outside with us!

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Featured video:
REPLAY: Build strength for wheel pose with Emilie Reid
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Want to join Emilie for a livestream class?

Join her for a Strength class every Tuesday at 9:30-10:30am EST, or click here to get our livestream class schedule.


NOTE: borealis is closed August 24-30th for end of summer break. There will be no livestream classes that week, but you can access all the on-demand videos your heart desires. ❤️


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Yoga lessons off the mat: go with the flow



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When I was 22, I worked in the daycare center of a gym. I could hear the yoga instructor outside my classroom every morning. A former gymnast, I was intrigued by the advanced poses she taught. They reminded me of the commands I received from my coaches years ago. And although I wasn't practicing gymnastics anymore, I missed the challenge of the exercises and routines. So I thought, why not try yoga.
It only took me 10 years to realize a super powerful aspect of the practice, and I'm going to let you in on the secret today.  With Yoga, there's so much more, and I have only just begun to skim the surface of what yoga means to me. Like gymnastics, yoga helps me connect to my physical body, without all the backhand springs! But unlike gymnastics, yoga is more than purely physical. And although I love and value the postural (asana) practice of yoga, I believe the way yoga is portrayed in our modern culture is inaccurate. 
Over the years, modern yoga as we practice it here in the United States, has gotten heated up, sexed-up, intensified, and deconstructed. Countless ads on Google and Facebook promote yoga as an intense workout, and feature tall, thin women showing their defined abs balancing on their hands. Though yoga can be fantastic exercise for the physical body, it is so much more than that.
Yoga is the study of oneself both on and off the mat. Vinyasa yoga, one of many styles of the asana practice, promotes moving with the breath, cueing constricting or more challenging positions on an exhale and opening up to freeing postures on an inhale. On my mat, I flow between postures, while continuously breathing in and out.
This is good practice for my life. Off the mat, yoga helps me flow between life's many emotions. Pain, sorrow, loss, heartache, joy, happiness, passion, and ecstasy may be waiting in the next breath. And of course these feelings occur simultaneously and coexist within our emotional bodies. By moving between constriction and openness, inhale and exhale, on my mat, I can essentially practice moving more easily with all my emotions off the mat. And I remember that my breath can help me shift my experience at any moment, and better handle what life throws at me.
written by Danielle Liberatore

borealis briefly | July 20, 2020




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What's possible?!

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In a time when so many of the activities and ways of doing things have changed to adjust for health concerns, it feels like so much of the old summer fun has been cancelled. So let's get creative and think, "What's possible?!"

I keep asking myself this question. Here's what I came up with:

  • Ice cream is possible. (Colleen's is open everyday.)
  • Dinner al fresco (socially distanced) with friends is possible.
  • Swimming at Walden Pond is possible. (It's on my list.) 
  • Visiting the local Farmers Market. (Medford's is on Thursdays!)
  • Walking the dog late at night with the sun still possible!
  • Yoga outside in the park is possible. (Hooray!)

And now practicing yoga in a studio with other humans is now finally possible! (Three cheers!)

Like everything on the list, it will look different than it was before.

The Massachusetts re-opening restrictions make sense from a health perspective. But not from a business perspective. At least not the way we did business before. So I've had to get creative and ask, "What's possible?!"

I came up with a plan that I'm actually super excited about! And I can't wait to share with you. I'm finalizing details with the team, so stay tuned for an announcement soon. 

We want to hear from you first.

Will you please take 3 minutes and fill out this survey?

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Thank you for your continued support of our small business. And we can't wait to see you (in-person or online) very soon.

All my best,

Emilie + the borealis team

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Outdoor Family Yoga - Monday Aug 3rd @5pm!

with Greta Fiorina at Medford's Condon Shell Park

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Cool down under the trees with us next week!

Sign up now to join us outside. Click link below for schedule, health + safety guidelines, and registration.

Classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday + Saturday!

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Feeling hot?

Don't miss your chance to join us for a Free LIVE Masterclass "Surviving Summer" Monday July 27th, 7-8pm

with Veronica Wolff-Casey + Emilie Reid

Surviving Summer Online Masterclass

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Yoga for Runners - Pre-Run Stretches with Geeta

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