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Earlier this month, I purchased an intro offer at The Yoga Standard. I was browsing the schedule and, to my surprise, there was a PRIDE themed class that was donating all proceeds to The Trevor Project. As a queer person, knowing my yoga studio was hosting a class that centered LGBTQIA+ folks felt reassuring, and my loyalty to the business grew stronger.
Though the class didn’t differ greatly from its normal routine, sitting next to a man who adorned his eyes with glitter that morning just made me feel...better. The instructor fostered a space for reflections around identity and pride. I laughed, I cried, I sweat, and I left the class feeling fabulous.
While Pride Month is a great time for studios to show their support for the community, consistent support throughout the year is much more powerful. Being LGBTQIA+ inclusive is more than hanging up a rainbow flag or temporarily changing a business logo to rainbow colors. Here are some MINDBODY studios creating LGBTQIA+ inclusive spaces all year round:
This gym is “creating a radically inclusive culture for all bodies to move, strengthen, and heal.” My favorite part? They offer sliding scale monthly memberships based on income, which helps remove barriers for folks who are marginalized and/or low-income. Their list of teachers is full of gorgeous, queer, and diverse faces. Aside from their standard program classes, they also offer $5 community classes—some of which are bilingual (Spanish/English). And, they have gender-neutral locker rooms, which is a staple for LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces. Everybody Los Angeles is living and breathing inclusivity.
This self-proclaimed “gym + safe space + house party” fosters a supportive community without the homophobia, transphobia, and body shaming. In addition to being unapologetically queer, this gym has no mirrors, which reduces barriers for folks with body dysmorphia or gender dysphoria. They take “gym buddies” to a whole new level by offering a monthly social calendar for members. With classes like “Oakland Booty” and “Tops ‘n Bottoms,” The Queer Gym promises lots of sweat, an encouraging environment, and a dang good time.
At Mark Fisher Fitness, “making health and hotness fun and inclusive” is their mission. As a member of their Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams (yes, you read that right), they promise fast results with a money-back guarantee. It’s not just rainbows and unicorns at MFF—their bright and vibrant space is filled with friendly trainers who are fiercely committed to your results and growth.
Erica Nix is a body positive ambassador on a mission to make working out fun again. Her wild workouts are queer-centric and outrageous. Aside from her weekly class at Myo Movement in Austin, she also puts on events and pop-ups around Austin throughout the year.
Approximately 12,000 women aged 40 or younger are diagnosed with breast cancer every year*. Fortunately, there are preventative steps that we can take to help protect ourselves and each other—one of the best ones being exercise. That’s right. Not only does exercise help us release endorphins, but just 30 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can help decrease a person’s risk of developing breast cancer by 30–50%*.
This is hope in a statistic. Just by adopting a more healthy, active lifestyle, we could prevent the risk of developing breast cancer, while also inspiring others to reduce their risk as well. Keep A Breast Foundation has made doing just this their mission through their annual fundraising campaign, Fit 4 Prevention.
Every October, studios from all over the globe participate by raising money through donation-based workout classes for the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB). They have created a national movement dedicated to educating others about breast cancer prevention through fitness and wellness—something Mindbody is extremely passionate about. Participating in your favorite activities, all while supporting, preventing, and spreading awareness about breast cancer awareness? Let’s get moving.
If you want to take a donation-based class at your favorite studio, encourage your favorite studios to sign up to bring your community closer together in a meaningful way. Registering is quick and easy. If you think your local studio may be interested in participating, have them check out KAB’s help page—where they can learn how to register for a donation-based class during the month of October. KAB even has a social media kit available to fitness studios to help them promote their donation-based classes.
Can’t find a local studio to take a donation-based class near you? Don’t worry, you can still give your support by donating directly to KAB’s website. Luckily, any time that you are moving your body and spreading the word—you’re doing your part in spreading awareness on how to help prevent breast cancer. That is beyond amazing.
This October, we hope you’ll join us in our plight to support the KAB Foundation and its mission to help prevent breast cancer through cultivating a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through movement, health, and wellness—we can reach great heights, together.
To learn more about the KAB Foundation and its mission and how you can get involved further, visit their website.
* National Cancer Institute