borealis response regarding COVId-19


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Dear community,

We are writing to say that we are here for you. When the world feels scary, with news of things unknown and unseen, it can be hard to feel safe, even in one's own neighborhood. With the constantly changing situation around the novel coronavirus, we want you to know that our doors are open, and we continue to be a place where you can come, and make sense of things on your mat. It is often in times of fear that we can easily forget about our toolbox of practices - yoga, meditation, breathwork - to reduce the effects of stress on our minds and bodies. 

The negative effects of stress can greatly reduce your immune system's ability to respond and protect you from illness. We recommend that you do the following to stay healthy:

  • Drink plenty of warm water. Staying hydrated is key to keeping your immune system functioning properly. Cold water is not helpful.
  • Eat warm, well-spiced foods that are easy on your digestive system. Cold food and salad is not helpful, and can make your immune system tank.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Go outside. Fresh air and a walk around the block does wonders for the mind and body. 
  • Call a friend. The fear-mongering can lead us to feeling isolated and alone, yet we're all in this together. Reach out and connect with someone you haven't talked to in a while. Times of crisis can bring us together. 
  • Reduce your exposure to news and media that may make you feel more stressed. Relax. Do something you love. Play a game. Call a friend.
  • Be nice to one another. Fear is not an excuse to be unkind. We are all in this together.
  • Most importantly, wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. The CDC recommends 20 seconds of hand-washing with warm soapy water.

While we have no immediate concerns on-site, we are using local health officials to stay informed for this ever-evolving situation. We would like to share general precautions that we are taking in general, and especially now during flu/virus season.

  • We regularly clean and wipe down all surfaces around the studio. Still, please avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily
  • We are no longer using the iPad at the desk for self check-in, and are happy to assist with no-touch check-in. Please download the free borealis yoga app to your phone to sign in to class, or, if necessary, check in with the teacher before class.
  • We encourage you to bring your own mats and props to use for practice, if desired, and ask that you wipe all shared equipment after use with the disinfecting wipes provided at the studio. 
  • We regularly launder the yoga blankets and bolster covers, and have recently sent them all to be cleaned. If there are props unavailable, they are being cleaned and will be returned to us shortly. Special thank you to Clevergreen Cleaners for their speedy and helpful door-to-door pick up and delivery.
  • If you're not feeling well, please stay home. If you are coughing, we may ask you to leave class. Whatever you have, we don't want it either. Flu, virus, cold, or otherwise.

In times like this, it's important to continue supporting small local businesses. If you need a good place for natural remedies, visit our friends at Cambridge Naturals in Porter Square. If you need more recommendations for fellow friends in business we love, let us know.

The weather is getting warmer. The signs of Spring are all around us. We're here for you. You are not alone. Everything makes sense on the mat. Please stay connected with us and to one another. Community is everything. Always, and especially now. 

Wishing you all health and happiness,

Emilie Reid + the borealis team

how to make yoga time even more relaxing




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I've noticed something. More and more over the last few years, we (the collective society, we) are giving away our time quite freely, but not in ways that feel valuable or valued. Picking up the phone to email someone back about an appointment, I find myself aimlessly wondering through Facebook only to realize that I have forgotten why I picked my phone up in the first place. Many of us spend much more time on the internet and social media than we realize. 

And yet, there are many times throughout the day and week when I feel I don't have enough time to accomplish the things I need and want to do - cook, exercise, sleep, meditate, work, play, yoga. 

Enter time-blocking. A few years ago, my now-husband introduced me to this concept. Time-blocking is the practice of scheduling chunks of time for everything in your day. Yes EVERYTHING. Lunch. Dinner. Sleep. Walking the dog. Yoga. If you want or need to do it, it's on the schedule. 

At first I thought this was a bit overkill. Then I started paying attention and realized how a meeting went over time and ate into my lunch plans, only to feel rushed as I flew out the door to get to acupuncture and arrive 5 minutes late.

But with practice and time, I realized sometime huge. I actually have a better, calmer, easier time trying to get to all the things I want and need to do when it's on my schedule.

I know. It sounds strange. How can scheduling myself down to the minute everyday feel relaxing? But it's true. First, I had a much higher chance of actually making it to all the yoga classes and gym sessions that I had set out in my mind to do each week. And those things make me a better, happier person. It also encouraged me to focus on only that one thing for the hour that I blocked for it. I am now less prone to doddle on my phone. (It helps to keep it out of reach when I'm working on things that need my focus, like writing this blog, for example.)

Part of the practice is being gentle with myself when things don't go as planned. One secret is to schedule time in my day when I don't have anything scheduled. And then not fill it with anything. (It's also a good idea to schedule a good chunk of a day or a whole day when nothing is scheduled. This is called a day off.) These buffer times help me stay fluid when the unexpected arises. The dog took longer to pee. A glass crashed to the kitchen floor right before I wanted to leave. No matter my best efforts, sometimes life happens, and I'm late. 

At least with time-blocking, I'm giving myself the best possible chance to get to the people and activities I value most. Time-blocking has actually helped me value myself more, and my time is valuable.

Give it a try. Sit down and schedule out your day tomorrow. I promise you'll forget a few things, but with practice you can adjust and figure out how long things really take. 

One more secret. This one is from my first ever yoga teacher, Priti Robyn Ross. She advised, "Schedule your life around your nurturing activities. Not the other way around." So when you sit down to time-block your day or week, start by putting in the things that nourish you most. The walk in the woods with a friend. Yoga time. Meditation. Gardening. You'll be so grateful to get the calendar reminder for those activities. 







What do you really love? What activities nourish and inspire you? Perhaps it's a good book and a warm cup of tea. A piece of music that makes your skin tingle. Or playing with your children.

This year, instead of making new year's resolutions, write a list of things you love. No matter how small they seem.

And in moments where you have a sense of "I'm not sure what to do right now," turn to this list. It is in times of anxiety, stress, tension, and uncertainty that these activities can heal and nourish us most. Not that you have to wait for a dire moment to do them. The point is to do more of what you love.

#beinspired #domoreofwhatyoulove