In this season of wish lists, gift guides, and piles of presents tied up in ribbons, shopping for your favorite yogi or yogini can sometimes be tough.

Through the practice of yoga, we become increasingly mindful that we already have everything we need to be happy, healthy, and whole. As we begin to redirect our energies towards improving our well-being, relationships, and community, it’s natural that our attachment to material things gradually begins to lessen.

In this spirit, here are a few “must-have gifts” for the yogis in your life – absolutely no wrapping required.

  • An act of kindness. It doesn’t have to be grand; even a simple act, like helping clear the dishes after a holiday feast or lending an extra hand at a community event, can set a cycle of gratitude in motion. Taking a moment to help someone else reduces their stress, which goes a long way towards making the holidays easier and calmer for everyone. Consider offering to watch the kids for an hour, do the grocery shopping, or help wrap the gifts, with no strings attached – except for the ribbon, of course!
  • An hour (or more!) of your time. After the last-minute shopping and long-distance traveling is done, I can think of no better gift than sitting down to tea with an old friend. Make time to set your other responsibilities aside, power down your phone, and really reconnect with your loved one. And don’t cut your time short to rush off to another appointment: the real gift is your presence and full attention, which are invaluable and increasingly rare.
  • A yoga class for both of you. Practicing yoga together is a gift you can both enjoy! Yoga is a wonderful way to unwind and reconnect during or after the hectic holidays. Come into the studio to enjoy an hour of movement, breathing, and whole body relaxation. You’ll leave feeling energized, refreshed, and ready to enjoy the season. There is a class or workshop for everyone, even if you’ve never tried yoga before. Radiance Yoga’s friendly staff is happy to answer your questions and assist with signing you up.

You may not be able to put these gifts under the tree, but that special yogi will love and appreciate them. Namaste and happy holidays.