SAM YEARSLEY, SOULCYCLE INSTRUCTOR
Sam Yearsley grew up in Minnesota, where he dedicated the majority of his time and efforts to the sport of hockey—a pastime he credits for his work ethic and discipline today. After moving to NYC, Sam coached hockey until he was recruited by SoulCycle, where he quickly became Team Barneys’ favorite instructor. He currently teaches classes seven days a week at the East 83rd, East 63rd, SoHo, and TriBeCa studios.
Sam’s Jumpstart to 2017
- Take action in the pursuit of your goals and start doing things each day that bring you closer to what you want. You can continue to dream, but if you don’t make a plan and take risks, you’ll never reach your end objective.
- Set fitness goals and stick to them with a weekly regimen—no excuses! Cheat days are allowed here and there, but make sure you compensate for them in your workout. Turn up the resistance on your bike, run the extra mile, or do the extra sit-ups.
- Practice mindfulness, even just taking ten minutes of your day to breathe deeply and focus on the present moment. I do this every morning and recommend the app Headspace. Mindfulness reduces anxiety and creates space between you and your reactions, allowing you to act on instinct and intuition rather than overthinking.
JERRELLE GUY, CHOCOLATE FOR BASIL
Jerrelle Guy is a Boston-based food photographer, stylist, and recipe developer best known for her food blog, Chocolate for Basil. Founded in 2012, Chocolate for Basil began as a casual food journal and slowly flourished into a recipe blog about Jerrelle’s shared dinners with her vegetarian partner. Together they create meatless recipes that find a healthy balance between the nourishing and the indulgent.
Jerrelle’s Jumpstart to 2017
- Adjust your lighting. The nuances of light in your environment can affect your mood, and not enough of the right light can cause your energy to plummet fast. Get in the habit of stepping away from your work to take a stroll outside, open every window in your room, or even trick your brain by switching to full-spectrum light bulbs, which better imitate natural light.
- Buy yourself a fresh pair of tennis shoes. Comfortable clothes and shoes make me a better worker, and I feel myself move through the world with more energy and efficiency. You’re allowed to be comfortable and flexible outside of the gym; plus, I love that I can break into a mini jog whenever the mood strikes!
- Start daydreaming. Retreating from the world to get lost in your desires and dreams is a powerful brainstorming practice. Now that we’re entering the New Year, there’s no better time to reflect on the previous year while visualizing positive changes for yourself in the future.
KRISSY JONES AND CHLOE KERNAGHAN, SKY TING YOGA
Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernaghan both grew up as dancers, so movement has always been fundamental to their lifestyles. This collaborative passion led them to yoga, where they both trained in a Vinyasa technique before discovering Katonah material. Krissy and Chloe eventually developed their own method, Sky Ting Yoga, by combining the best aspects of Vinyasa and Katonah with their dance backgrounds. Sky Ting Yoga can be practiced at their Chinatown and TriBeCa studios, where community is emphasized and socializing is encouraged.
Krissy and Chloe’s Jumpstart to 2017
- Don’t be afraid to set lofty goals—you’ll never really be ready, but you’ll learn as you go. While you’re at it, take a moment to appreciate the work you’ve already done and the experiences that have brought you to where you are today. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what’s coming in the future, but we find it especially potent to soak up all the love and support that has gotten us this far.
- Invest in self-care. We all know how to work hard, but it’s equally important to balance your effort with grace to prevent burnout. Plan things on a weekly basis that make you feel good and replenish your energy—have a spa day, go to acupuncture, or treat yourself to a private yoga session. When you feel good about yourself, you have more to offer the people around you and more energy to create the things you want to.
- Use a calendar. We both use our teacher’s calendar to write down events that happen—if not daily, then throughout each week or month. At the end of the year, you can reflect on what you’ve written and recognize the journey you’ve been on. This practice takes the everyday into the realm of feeling epic and helps you to understand time and daily patterns on a larger scale.