We cannot stress this enough – you need to move your own name to the top of your gifting list this year. The holidays are draining in ALL the ways – financial, emotional, physical, and mental. We skip out on nourishing ourselves because we are overly consumed with the doing, giving, and creating. Sometimes merriment feels like the exact opposite of what that word is meant to mean and if that’s what you’re feeling, please read this as your official go-ahead to let go and take care of Y O U.
Declare 2020 to be Your Year of Yoga and Put a Gift Card to Your Favorite Studio Under the Tree – Or Give Yourself One Month at 12 Different Studios. Either way, we love to see you Practice Local, especially when local spots are this pretty. Thanks to Inlet Yoga for letting us use this picture of Jen in their sacred space!
CBD gifts are at the top of every wish list this year because cannabidiol shows major promise in promoting better slumber, relieving anxiety, easing stress and improving the health of your skin. So yes, it is an essential part of self-care after (and during) the holiday hustle. Our favorite is Daily Dose CBD for so many reasons, including the fact that they are going BIG by offering a $15 discount on their 800mg Tincture, 1oz Botanical Balm and CBD Chapstick for all NJYCers, with the promo code NJYC. They’ll also make a donation to Rescue Ridge in connection with each purchase (so this gift gives back, too).
Price: From $10 to $60
Sign Up for the Retreat You’ve Been Dreaming Of (and Manifesting About)
All of the other gifts on our list are wonderful and bound to make your yogi heart sing, but if you pure and unadulterated bliss, sign yourself up for a yoga retreat.
We recommend that you check out trips to far off and amazing places with some of our favorite Jersey girls: April Puciata, Jillian Pransky, Seane Corn, Phyllicia Bonnano, Jennifer Vafakos and Carrie Godesky from Inlet Yoga, and Lara Heimann. We also recommend picking up Jillian and Seane’s books for the flight, as well as Lockey’s “A Girl Raised by Wolves”, the inspirational memoir of a survivor of the darkest circumstances one can endure in a single lifetime and still emerge with a sense of humor and to defiantly proclaim “they didn’t break me!”
We also SERIOUSLY hope you’ll keep watching our pages because we might be ready to travel soon!
Price: Anywhere from a few hundred dollars at Kripalu to thousands (and thousands) if you zoom out across the globe.
This picture is from April’s retreat to Cuba!
Invest in An Awesome Yoga Mat
Is there anything more important for the physical practice?
Some of our favorites for a non-heated class come from Yoga Hustle, Jade, Prana, Manduka, and Liforme. If the temperatures are turned up (and the infrared panels are turned on), we go with Apeiron every time (check them out in the picture below from the VibeWell Yoga Festival).
Price: Anywhere from $48 to $160
As much as we love meditation and asana, we are acutely aware of what it takes to nurture and nourish the body and soul – and it can’t all be found on the mat. So we go deeper, we seek more, and we connect with healers offering intuitive holistic sessions that encompass clinical, holistic, spiritual and alternative medicine practices. Reiki, cupping, stone healing, crystals, essential oils, chakra balancing, karna purna, abhyanga, marma, and massage – sign us up! But where to look? There are so many wonderful options in NJ, but our go-to healer is undoubtedly Stephanie Moore; you can book an appointment with her in Lebanon, NJ for a session that blends so many modalities, from crystals and cupping to reiki and mirror work. The magic of Stephanie? She gives you what you NEED.
Private Health Coaching with Drew Martino
We included this as a gift for a friend who is ready to feel their best in 2020 but let’s face it – this is the perfect #selflove present too. Drew is a Nutrition Health Coach, Certified Life Coach and Gut Health Expert, who will weave all her amazing talents together to help you set wellness goals and (here’s the important part) achieve them. What exactly will you get? Weekly support, video calls, recipes, and a personal portal with resources.
Price: Regularly $479 per month but use NJYC at checkout for $100 off each month.
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Thank you to Michele at Turnaround Graphics for Creating our Gift Guide Graphics! We love you.
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