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While shelter-in-place has become a large part of the “new normal,” and as select cities across the globe begin reopening, we’ve all had to find potential new avenues to explore our personal wellness, from virtual fitness routines to honing in on our ability to cut our own hair. While shifting your yoga class from the studio to the living room was easily doable thanks to the advent of virtual classes of nearly any type, when it comes to beauty routines, times have proved a little trickier.
With so many salons and spas closed, as well as pretty much every other business out there, it's been the perfect time for our hair to get wild, our nails to go unpainted, our two eyebrows to become one, our standard beauty treatments to go by the wayside, and proper facials and masks taking a backseat to an extra hour of sleep.
It’s also been the ideal time to try out new DIY beauty routines, especially those you may have been a little too, shall we say, embarrassed to try prior...? (Look, it’s perfectly normal to slather mayo all over my hair before bed, throw on a shower cap, and “see what happens” in the morning, Karen. Gosh.). From skin scrubs made from ingredients you found in the cupboard or an actual mud mask, to new beauty uses for standard glitter and an apple cider vinegar facial treatment, the ingenuity of the human spirit cannot be contained, especially as it pertains to at-home beauty.
So in between your next skin treatment, before you give your S/O a haircut, “trying” DIY bangs despite what everyone told you on a Zoom happy hour, creating a personal spa day, tweezing, scrubs, a face mask that isn't really a face mask, and testing out new ingredients for a skin peel, get your phone out and share it with us!
You guys are creative. That’s for sure. And to showcase all of this creativity, as well as connect you with expert stylists to help with any potential "oops” moments, we’ve introduced the world to #HomeBeauty by Mindbody.
It’s easy to join in on the fun:
Simply tag your photos and videos on Instagram using #homebeauty (be sure to tag @mindbody as well). We’re keeping an eye out for all submissions and will be featuring many of them across our social outlets.
What we’re looking for...
You tagging, following, and posting images of:
• How much you miss your salons and spas
• How you are maintaining any sort of beauty routine during quarantine (good
• Ordering products (if you’re doing that)
• Doing at-home hair/beauty tutorials
We’re then taking your submissions and tagging in our expert stylists and practitioners to give you a few practical tips & tricks to not only keep your routine intact but potentially improve on it.
Through our IGTV, we’ll get your questions answered with “custom” videos and personalized shout-outs.
That’s it! You’re most likely already showing the world what you got, and this is just a bonus of being able to connect, in real-time with stylists and practitioners.
We’re all in this together. And while we’ve helped say thank you to our instructors in a number of different ways, our salons and spas also need to feel the love. Wherever you are in the world, let’s come together and connect with them.
Follow @mindbody on Instagram, tag #Homebeauty, and get your custom expert advice today!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you.
While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.