Healthy Events and Pop-Up Workouts to Try This Week in Boston
Get ready to sweat, learn, and eat healthier.
Prepare your mind and your body for the holidays with a balance of educational workshops and challenging workouts this week. Listen to a talk on disordered eating with a functional medicine dietitian, or take part in a self-care workshop with a licensed therapist. Then, move your body to an animal-inspired flow at BKBX, hit the trails at Middlesex Fells Reservation with Marathon Sports, and try out a barefoot workout with shoe company Vibram.
Primal Flow with Danielle Gertner: Get in touch with your wild side at this BKBX community class led by strength and conditioning coach Danielle Gertner. You’ll improve your total body control and flexibility through this powerful workout inspired by animal motions, breakdancing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Free, December 9, 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., BKBX, 211 Western Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Food and Mood: It’s easy to claim you’ll get “back on track” once the holidays are over, but staying on track shouldn’t be a punishment in the first place. Join love mindset coach Katie Grimes and functional medicine dietitian Megan Gerber for a workshop on disordered eating, with tips to help you reframe your perspective on food during the stressful holiday season.
$17, December 9, 5:45 p.m.-7 p.m., Workbar, 399 Boylston St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Ride!: High-intensity cycling does wonders for your overall strength and cardiovascular health, all from the comfort of a stationary bike. Beat the Monday blues with a free, heart-pumping ride at Wellbridge Athletic Club.
Free, December 9, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Wellbridge Athletic Club, 5 Bennett St., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.
DIY Calming Tea and Herbal Bath Salts: Give the gift of self-care to yourself or a loved one with a jar of essential-oil infused bath salts and a Cambridge Naturals soothing tea blend. You’ll mix your own salts with the scent of your choice, and decorate the gift labels on the jars. Enjoy complimentary wine and kombucha while you craft, and look forward to the soothing, post-work bubble bath waiting for you in the future.
$30, December 10, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Cambridge Naturals, 92 Guest St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
How to Take Care of You Each Day During the Holidays: Brie Shelly is a licensed therapist and owner of Activate Wellness Solutions. She’s also an advocate for therapeutic travel experiences, and helps her clients navigate issues with social media comparison, anxiety, career development, and burnout. Join her at Follain this Tuesday for a talk on physical and mental self-care during the stressful holiday season.
Free, December 10, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Follain Beacon Hill, 65 Charles St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Silent Night: In a loud city like Boston, it’s rare to sneak in a moment of total peace and quiet. Soak up the opportunity for rejuvenating silence at the Mandarin Oriental Spa’s annual silent night. You’ll relax with quiet journaling, intention setting and a reiki energy workshop all in the comfort of a luxury spa.
December 11, 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Mandarin Oriental Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, contact Mandarin Oriental’s spa concierge at 617-535-8820 or email@example.com for pricing and more information, mandarinoriental.com.
Namastrong: This yoga boot camp combines strengthening moves with restorative poses and breath work for a stress-relieving total body workout. After you sweat, enjoy a smoothie from Boston’s first cold-pressed juice bar, Nourish Your Soul.
$30, December 12, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Lululemon Studio, 208 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Spice.N.Sip: You don’t need any dance experience to get grooving at this confidence-boosting hip hop workout led by professional dancer Shawna Landers. Participants must be 18 or older to dance, and 21 or older for post-workout drinks.
$20, December 12, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Lululemon, 208 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Barefoot Full Body Fitness Class: Get back to the basics with Vibram—makers of the FiveFingers shoes—during this “barefoot” workout. Tracy Gariepy, Vibram’s Fitness Advisor and the workout instructor, is a former ultra-marathoner and bodybuilder who advocates for minimalist strength training. Your workout will feature simple, easy-to-modify moves you can do in your new pair of toe shoes.
$20, December 14, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Vibram, 840 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.
All Levels Yoga with Live Music by Kevin Paris: Singer-songwriter Kevin Paris has performed for over a thousand yoga classes, including gigs at the outdoor Wanderlust Festival. Start your Sunday off right with a flow led by South Boston Yoga instructor David Vendetti, paired to feel-good acoustic tunes played live in the studio.
$18, December 15, 9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m., South Boston Yoga, 36 W Broadway, Boston, southbostonyoga.net.
Fly in the Fells Trail Series: Test out a pair of Hoka One One trail shoes during the first night of Marathon Sports’ winter running series in the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Dress in warm layers, and get ready to tear up the trails before you down post-run drinks at Night Shift Brewery.
Free, December 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Upper Sheepfold Parking Lot, Stoneham, eventbrite.com.
Beer Yoga at Barrel House Z: Odds are you’ve probably done yoga in a brewery before. But did you drink your beer during the vinyasa? This class allows you to sip your Barrel House Z brew while you move. If you’re trying to convert a beer-loving yoga skeptic, this might just be the class to do it.
$25, December 15, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Barrel House Z, 95 Woodrock Rd., Weymouth, eventbrite.com.
Holiday Yoga at Democracy Brewing: If you can’t get enough of the festive holiday tunes on loop this month, listen to the sounds of the season while you flow with instructor Lauren Holmes in the Democracy Brewing Hall.
$20, December 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Democracy Brewing, 35 Temple Place, Boston, eventbrite.com.
Forearm Stand: Learn all about proper form and the correct muscles to engage as you prepare to flip upside down in a pincha mayurasana, or forearm stand. Yogi Laura Ahrens makes this daunting pose accessible with careful instruction and the use of metaphors.
$45, December 15, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Coolidge Yoga, 1297 Beacon St., Brookline, coolidgeyoga.com.
Breathwork for Solstice Reflections: This solstice-inspired meditation encourages participants to look inward to find areas of your life ready for growth and change. Quiet your mind with a two-part breathing technique, and immerse yourself in the present with a relaxing and supportive meditation. Bring a yoga mat, a cozy blanket, and a journal to reflect.
$35, December 15, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Be. In Union Yoga, 440 Somerville Ave., Somerville, eventbrite.com.