Starting off the New Year optimistically can be a challenge when the post-holiday sadness sets in and you go back to your daily routines of work, school, and whatever else consumes our day-to-day. It’s easy to lose sight of the happiness and positivity in life during the long dark evenings and bitter cold days. These six places in Boston can help bring a little bit of goodness back into your body by focusing on a positive mind, body, and spirit! By enhancing what you put in your body, comforting your mind, and working your muscles into a peaceful routine that works your heart, you can better yourself in the New Year.

Nourish Your Soul “Powerful change flows from making good choices every day. Our mission is to help you achieve optimal health–one sip, one bite, one choice at a time–with products that use the highest quality ingredients, sourced locally and organic as much as possible.” Nourish Your Soul, based in Medford, MA, believes that a clear body, mind, and heart can heal you on every level. So why not start the New Year facing challenges, striving for a clear body, starting by means of what you put into your body? Begin your morning with an organic ginger or chia booster to kickstart your heart or substitute your after-work comfort food for a refreshing cold-pressed juice that instills energy and focus in a tasty 17oz bottle filled with kale, pear, coconut, turmeric, ginger, and lime. Oh – and don’t look past their organic coffee drinks! If juice isn’t your thing, how does a cashew vanilla latte sound? nourishyoursoul.com 17 Playstead Rd, Medford, MA 02155 

I felt like every sip was a little hug from nature. I can’t believe how much I looked forward to drinking the juices.”

Cocobeet – Co-Founder Kyle Rusconi was inspired to create Cocobeet after he switched to a plant-packed diet when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cocobeet has become a neighborhood favorite and community oasis in both Wellesley, MA and Downtown Crossing. Every day they serve up daily-made, organic, locally sourced, pure food meals and juices of the highest nutritional power. Check out their wide range of juices and smoothies in flavors like Peruvian Sun (orange, carrot, apple, lemon, Lime, Maca) and – a personal favorite – Green Monkey (Kale, Kiwi, Apple, Banana, Orange Juice, Lemon), as well as many pure foods such as Zucchini Basil Pesto Pasta and Mango Quinoa Salad. If you’re looking to challenge yourself in the New Year, try one of their 3, 7, or 10-day juice cleanses. cocobeet.com 100 City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA, 02108 and 57 Central St. Wellesley, MA, 02482  

“I’m obsessed with the chocolate nut-milk smoothie and the vanilla nut-milk smoothie. They taste like ice-cream but are made with super healthy ingredients. The chia pudding, chickpea salad sandwich and acai bowls are also delicious standouts.”

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Mindful BostonPause – take a second to shift your mind from the computer screen you’re staring at and envision a place that brings you peace and comfort. Try and focus on this happy-space for 60 seconds. At Mindful Boston they offer meditation-beginners a fun and inclusive opportunity to explore this life-long learning process. Keeping your mind healthy and clear is equally as important as maintaining your physical health: meditation has helped many better their mind by promoting stress resilience and concentration. Mindful Boston’s mission is to create access to embodied, in-person, meditation practice, and with Free Community Member Nights it is incredibly easy to try meditation in a safe and comfortable space! mindfulboston.com Boston and Cambridge, MA  

“The teaching method feels very welcoming, encouraging, and laid back. All of my worries were non-existent ten minutes into the first class.”

Aria Yoga Own a company? Work for a company? Most of us can check yes to one of those two statements. Ari Yoga creates a wonderful balance between health and wellness within your workspace: by traveling to you at your home or office. With multiple partners and clients throughout the Boston area, Aria Yoga has proven to be worthwhile in many office environments. Continue the New Year following their motto to “Feel good in your body. Live with less stress and anxiety.”ariayoga.co Boston, MA  

“The most incredible and relaxing experience I’ve had in years. Thank you so much, I’m looking forward to my next session and many more in the future. I’m still relaxed and calm six hours after my session.”

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Tri Yoga Boston TriYoga Boston is a nonprofit that promotes health and wellbeing through yoga classes, workshops, and retreats. Their mission is to preserving and sharing the teachings of TriYoga. Their practices promote greater physical health, mental clarity, and deeper understanding of universal truths. A wonderful space to push mentally and physically, while and restoring your body, TriYoga offers different style classes for every level. Are you a yoga-enthusiast looking for a way to share your teachings with others? In addition to offering systemic yoga practices for all levels, TriYoga offers three different options for teacher training. triyogaboston.org 60 Prospect St. Waltham, MA 02453  

“The classes have greatly improved my core strength, flexibility and posture, and I don’t get the lower back pain and sciatica I’ve had in the past. And, what’s equally important, I like going to class!”

Exhale Offering classes for Power Yoga, Flow Yoga, Chill Yoga, Core Yoga and Barre+Yoga, Boston’s Exhale studios are perfect for just about anyone trying to get a workout in the New Year. Exhale Boston was founded by Annbeth Eschbach who noticed a void in the fitness and spa spaceLocated in both Back Bay and Battery Wharf, Exhale is both a place to rejuvenate and work out. exhalespa.com 28 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116 and Two Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109

Exhale fuels my spirit, energy, balance, and wellbeing.”

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