On the Mat: Reap the Benefits of Boxing Day


*Note: This post is technically a day late, as December 26th is officially considered Boxing Day, but TaraMarie’s words certainly ring true for today and all days so enjoy!


Boxing Day is a secular holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day. Historically, this day was designated so that service people and tradesmen could receive gifts from their employers and get a day off to visit their own families, as they were typically working on Christmas. The custom of visiting extended family and friends is still practiced today.

After a brief break, I look forward to getting back in the studio to teach. Seeing my students and moving beyond my inner circle of private time at home with loved ones feels like the appropriate extension of the Boxing Day spirit to me.

With this in mind, how will you then spend your Boxing Day?

Over-stimulated by the holiday celebrations? What about getting on your mat for some quiet time to reap the benefits and gifts that you deserve in focus, quiet, and connected balance?

Long time since you saw that friend across town you have been meaning to see? Pick up your phone and call them and make a tea date to get caught up!

What about sending out an email to your friends across the ocean checking in with them and sending an update about you?

Make a few skype dates before the New Year with friends and family that are far away!

Have pets? Get off your computer and play with them. Take them for a long walk or bring them a special food treat.

However you spend Boxing Day, the spirit of giving and receiving and spending time with loved ones can inspire new and ongoing practices of connecting with what matters in your life. Now that is a gift that can keep on giving!

– TaraMarie Perri

One Response to “On the Mat: Reap the Benefits of Boxing Day”
  1. Jonathan Matthews says:

    I feel so out of the loop. This is the first year I have ever heard of this custom. It’s really wonderful, probably because it strikes me as an “official” space of time to make gentler transitions between corners of our lives. Going between family/private time and professional/public time is a familiar cycle to all of us, but to simply shift like a quick cut to a new scene in a movie is a huge move that, I’m learning to appreciate now more than ever, needs time and preparation…but not too much, of course. It feels terrible to have unresolved problems in your personal relationships nagging at you when you’re trying to get some work done, at just as well it feels awful to be continually thinking about work when you have a loved one in your midst. Perhaps it would be helpful to try celebrating little mini boxing days between all life fluctuations…(then again, thinking cinematically, that would make for a very dull film, so I might change my thought to try TRYING to celebrate mini boxing days…but also being able to roll with the punches of unforeseeable shifts…)

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