5 Gifts for the Yogis in Your Life This Holiday Season

It’s so hard to believe that the holidays are already approaching and 2018 is coming to a close! This year has been filled with so much love, success, and of course, many namastes. We’re so thankful for your support at Chasing Nirvana Yoga, and we look forward to bringing in 2019 on a high note!

That said, if you’re anything like us, you’re probably in the midst of holiday shopping. If you’re still looking for holiday gift ideas for the yogis in your life, look no further. We’ve picked out five of our favorite gifts below to give you some #YogaInspo!

1. I Love Chakra Bracelets

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If the recipient of your gift is a yoga lover, they probably are familiar with the practice of balancing their chakras. The chakras are seven energy centers that serve different parts of the being. These energy centers are pockets of swirling energy that are align vertically down the center of an individual’s body, but sometimes, they can become unbalanced, causing health to suffer. Learn more in our past blog post! These chakra bracelets from I Love Chakra are made of crystals that correspond to each of the body’s chakras and can be bought singularly to serve one chakra or in stacks. Have fun mixing and matching based on what your yogi needs most!

Take a look at the selection on the I Love Chakra website!

 

2. MOGI On-the-Go Yoga Mat Bag

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MOGI is a quick-connect yoga mat bag bicycle pannier which allows you to easily attach your mat bag to your bike rack or travel luggage. It’s perfect for on-the-go yogis, cyclists, and travelers alike! Your loved one can use their MOGI bag to effortlessly take their mat with them anywhere they go. Its clip-and-go design makes MOGI the only yoga mat bag they’ll ever need for city life and adventure.

Purchase today on Amazon!

3. Smudging Kit

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The yogi in your life might want to clear the energy in their house or workplace this holiday season, and a smudging kit is the perfect way to do that. Smudging is an ancient ceremony in which you burn plants like sage or wood like Palo Santo and use the smoke to cleanse an area with positive energy. You can buy a smudging kit like the one above on Amazon, or you can mix and match different smudging elements to make one of your own!

See what Amazon has to offer here.

4. “C’Mon Inner Peace” Yoga Shirt

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We’ve all been there … it’s one of those days, and yoga is the only thing that will do the trick! Your yogi will love this hysterical shirt from oTZIshirts on Etsy. There is no such thing as having too many clothes for your yoga class, and there’s definitely no harm in promoting your love of yoga off the mat!

Buy it here!

5. A Yoga Class Pack or Onsite Consultation

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Of course, what better to get your yogi than a yoga class pack to visit their favorite yoga studio? Most studios offer package deals, but if you’re not sure what studio they like best, try pre-paying for five different classes at five different studios! If your yogi is the entrepreneurial type, another great idea is to gift them a few onsite yoga classes for their office.

Check out Chasing Nirvana Yoga’s onsite yoga and wellness offerings, and set up a consultation to discuss a holiday gift!

User Experience is the Key to Retaining Millennial Loyalty in the Commercial Real Estate Space

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Commercial real estate (CRE) is a booming industry and ever-evolving, especially as the millennial generation moves into the workforce. Catering to the millennial workforce is certainly a challenge, but CRE professionals have massive opportunity. It’s imperative they shift their energy from the capital and physical property owners to focusing on how well a property operates and runs for its tenants. This is the key to success.

The most tech-savvy and highly educated workforce ever, millennials will represent 50% of the global workforce in 2020 and 75% by 2025 … It will be the companies that develop and foster the best CRE user experience that will get ahead. Remember that Uber doesn’t own a single car, and Airbnb doesn’t own a single apartment – what they do own is their user experience, and it has redefined traditional industries.
— HqO

But what do millennial tenants want? According to one study, 72% of the millennial population has prioritized experiences over owning material things. This means CRE professionals need to create a lasting experience for their tenants to encourage tenant loyalty.

CBRE Group, a commercial real estate services and investment firm, published interesting research last year ranking the amenities millennials craved the most. At the top? Wellness facilities. Luckily, the study also ranked employers’ top five amenities they plan to add, and 21% are prioritizing wellness facilities. CRE professionals can get ahead of the game by offering their tenants on-site wellness options like yoga classes and healthy lunch-and-learns. Chasing Nirvana Yoga is one company offering on-site wellness services, and tenants are reacting with such enthusiasm that property owners are rushing to add more classes to their weekly offerings.

This article from HqO takes a fascinating look at what millennial tenants desire and how CRE professionals can offer them what they need right there in their work or living space. It’s clear health and wellness are top of mind for both employers and millennials, and by offering community amenities in this space, CRE professionals will have an excellent chance of retaining tenants and succeeding in this landscape.

Is your workplace or living facility offering on-site wellness classes? Visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com to learn more about your options!

6 Yoga Poses to Help Aid Digestion After Thanksgiving Dinner!

If there was ever a day to turn a blind eye to your diet, it’s on Thanksgiving! With turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and plenty of pies to go around, there’s plenty of room for your cravings to be satisfied … but we all know that achy, tight feeling of full belly bloat. Thankfully, we have a few yoga poses to help aid digestion for you to add to your list of gratitude this year!

Here are six of the best yoga poses to help aid digestion after Thanksgiving dinner.

Legs Up the Wall Pose

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Photo from Yoga Journal

This pose starts off exactly how it sounds. Find a wall, lay down with your feet facing it, and move your body forward until your legs are resting up the wall at a vertical angle. You may want to experiment with props like blankets, pillows, and blocks for back comfort and pelvic elevation. Legs Up the Wall pose is helpful for digestion because it helps you move stagnant fluids and tension in your body thanks to gravity. It also helps regulate your blood pressure and is deeply relaxing! Try remaining in this pose for 10-15 minutes.

Supine Twists

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Photo from Yoga Basics

When you do Supine Twists on both sides of your body, it opens your hips and shoulders and stretches the back muscles and the spine. It also stimulates the kidneys, abdominal organs, urinary bladders, and intestines, which is ideal for digestion. To do a Supine Twist, lay down on the ground on your back, bend one knee, and cross it outside of the opposite foot. Use your hand to add slight pressure on the bent knee – this will help push it further toward the floor, giving you a good stretch. Your shoulders should remain squared and rooted to the floor. Your hand that is not on your knee should be extended, and your eyes should gaze toward that hand. Once you’re done, switch and twist to the other side!

Cat/Cow Pose

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Photo from Popsugar

Cat/Cow pose is familiar to many regular yoga practitioners and offers a perfect gentle flow. It stretches your back and neck while activating and strengthening your organs, particularly your kidneys and adrenal glands. To practice Cat/Cow pose, start on your hands and knees, keeping your knees directly below your hips. Point your fingers forward. Slowly inhale as you curve your back upward your belly to the mat in Cow. Gaze upward. Then, exhale and draw your belly toward your spine, rounding your back toward the ceiling. This is Cat, because you’ll look like a cat stretching! Repeat 5-20 times.

Extended Puppy Pose

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Photo from Yoga Journal

Extended Puppy pose is a sort of cross between Child’s pose and Downward-Facing Dog. It lengthens your spine and stretches your body, giving your food a chance to move easily down your digestive track. To do this pose, start on your hands and knees, walk your hands forward a few inches, and curl your toes under. Exhale, stretch your bottom back, and stretch your hands out, keeping your elbows off the floor. Let your neck relax. Press your hands down and your bottom back to deepen the stretch.

Seated Forward Fold Pose

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Here is another great pose for stretching! Seated Forward Fold pose stretches your spine, shoulders, and hamstrings, stimulates your liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus, and improves digestion. Don’t worry if you can’t stretch all the way forward on your first try. The more you practice this pose, the more flexible you’ll get. Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you, folding forward to grab the outsides of each feet (or your thigh or calf, however far you can reach). Slowly stretch further with each inhale. Stay in this pose for 1-3 minutes.

Savasana

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Ah, you knew this one was coming! Savasana typically happens at the end of your yoga class. This pose is the very best for a state of relaxation and allows you to gradually enter a meditative state to close out your day’s practice. Though Savasana is typically practiced by laying down flat on your back with your hands out by your side, you can alter your Savasana pose however is most comfortable for you. This pose is great for aiding in digestion as you slowly relax each muscle and open your diaphragm – and it’s also the perfect prelude to a long, after Thanksgiving nap!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! We hope you enjoy your day spent with your friends and family, and we are grateful for your support. What are you most grateful for this year? Learn more about Chasing Nirvana Yoga at www.chasingnirvanayoga.com, and connect with us today to learn how to bring onsite yoga and wellness classes to your office building, tenant-owned facility, and community.