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Fitness
Published Monday Apr 13, 2020 by Meredith Simmons

10 Things I Wish I Could Say to My Favorite Fitness Instructors

Fitness
Mindbody Community

It’s been just over three weeks since I was last in a gym. Three long weeks of wondering if my skipping a rep of push-ups was visible on camera, not jumping to avoid annoying my downstairs neighbor, and using a four-pound jug of salsa as a dumbbell. Basically, I miss seeing my favorite instructors in person. 

If I could hang out with them right now, here are ten things I would tell them:

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually miss Burpees. 

Being a good apartment neighbor means I’m only doing low-impact workouts. I take back (almost) of my complaints about Burpees, jumping jacks, and other jumping-based movements. 

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually miss Burpees. 

Being a good apartment neighbor means I’m only doing low-impact workouts. I take back (almost) of my complaints about Burpees, jumping jacks, and other jumping-based movements. 

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I sleep better with you in my life. 

I was a loyal 6 AM workout aficionado, I’ve had to change my sleep patterns without your classes—and I can tell. It’s harder to get out of bed in the morning, and on the days that I don’t work out, it’s hard for me to fall asleep. I’m already looking forward to switching back to my regular routine when the time comes. 

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I sleep better with you in my life. 

I was a loyal 6 AM workout aficionado, I’ve had to change my sleep patterns without your classes—and I can tell. It’s harder to get out of bed in the morning, and on the days that I don’t work out, it’s hard for me to fall asleep. I’m already looking forward to switching back to my regular routine when the time comes. 

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I’m amazed at your creativity. 

Every day it seems like you have a new idea. Sometimes I don’t like them, because they are really hard. (Paper plates as makeshift floor sliders? Come on!) Regardless of how I feel after each workout, I am constantly impressed by your ingenuity when it comes to teaching without equipment.

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I’m amazed at your creativity. 

Every day it seems like you have a new idea. Sometimes I don’t like them, because they are really hard. (Paper plates as makeshift floor sliders? Come on!) Regardless of how I feel after each workout, I am constantly impressed by your ingenuity when it comes to teaching without equipment.

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You help me remember what day it is. 

My days are blurring together—and I don’t call them by their names anymore. Its either leg day, arm day, core day, or rest day. Honestly, I was probably already doing this, but it’s become abundantly clear that I tell time based on your classes. 

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You help me remember what day it is. 

My days are blurring together—and I don’t call them by their names anymore. Its either leg day, arm day, core day, or rest day. Honestly, I was probably already doing this, but it’s become abundantly clear that I tell time based on your classes. 

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I’m only able to get through this because of you. 

I don’t mean this in just the emotional sense, though that’s true, too. To my favorite yoga and Pilates instructors: I’m only able to physically survive the questionable ergonomics of my home office because you’ve taught me proper posture and how to breathe to release tension. 

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I’m only able to get through this because of you. 

I don’t mean this in just the emotional sense, though that’s true, too. To my favorite yoga and Pilates instructors: I’m only able to physically survive the questionable ergonomics of my home office because you’ve taught me proper posture and how to breathe to release tension. 

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I wear studio swag when I feel lonely. 

While I’m basically living in yoga pants 24/7, I still am trying to look professional for my video meetings. But there are days when things feel really hard, and on those days, I pull out gear from your studios and wear it under my sweaters and jackets. It’s a little bit of secret confidence. 

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I wear studio swag when I feel lonely. 

While I’m basically living in yoga pants 24/7, I still am trying to look professional for my video meetings. But there are days when things feel really hard, and on those days, I pull out gear from your studios and wear it under my sweaters and jackets. It’s a little bit of secret confidence. 

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I miss the community you created. 

I started my day with the same crew, and I miss my workout BFFs. While some of us have traded reps for red wine, I miss seeing the faces of my friends on the regular.  

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I miss the community you created. 

I started my day with the same crew, and I miss my workout BFFs. While some of us have traded reps for red wine, I miss seeing the faces of my friends on the regular.  

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I can’t wait to see you again. 

I’m not sure when it will be, but I dream about it. Seriously: I’ve had dreams about getting after it in the studio again. I’m looking forward to the endorphin high, the high-fives, and being extremely sore after it’s all done. 

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I can’t wait to see you again. 

I’m not sure when it will be, but I dream about it. Seriously: I’ve had dreams about getting after it in the studio again. I’m looking forward to the endorphin high, the high-fives, and being extremely sore after it’s all done. 

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I don’t want to live in a world without you. 

In the last few weeks, it’s been pretty easy to imagine a world without you in it—and I don’t want to experience that. I know times are tough right now, but you will get through this—look at all of the things I’d tell you if I saw you in person right now. You’ve changed my life, and for that...

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I don’t want to live in a world without you. 

In the last few weeks, it’s been pretty easy to imagine a world without you in it—and I don’t want to experience that. I know times are tough right now, but you will get through this—look at all of the things I’d tell you if I saw you in person right now. You’ve changed my life, and for that...

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Thank you. 

Above all else, thank you.

 




If you want a chance to see your favorite fitness instructors—or find your next favorite—book a virtual fitness class on Mindbody!  

What would you tell your favorite instructors? Head to our Instagram Stories to share a thank you! 

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Thank you. 

Above all else, thank you.

 




If you want a chance to see your favorite fitness instructors—or find your next favorite—book a virtual fitness class on Mindbody!  

What would you tell your favorite instructors? Head to our Instagram Stories to share a thank you! 

Meredith Simmons
Written by
Meredith Simmons
Senior Content Marketing Specialist and Certified Group Fitness Instructor
About the author
Meredith is an avid sports fan and group fitness addict, which lead to her becoming a certified fitness instructor in 2019. A long-time Mindbodyian, Meredith helps tell the stories of the thousands of businesses using Mindbody to make the world a happier and healthier place.
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

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Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.