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4 Sweat-Worthy Summer Workout Classes  
Published Thursday Jul 05, 2018 by Brittany Raine

4 Sweat-Worthy Summer Workout Classes  


To be honest, these easy, breezy summer vibes feel really good (especially after the longest winter ever). But between the beach, barbecues, and vacation, where does fitness fit into your schedule? 

If you’re looking to make the most of your warm weather workouts, check out four of our favorite, must-try classes. Get ready to feel the burn and have some summer fun! 


RPM Spin
RPM Spin


Just keep Spinning®.   
Why Spin® when you can sculpt? Mix up your cardio routine with cycling combo classes. By implementing different elements of complimentary workouts, put the pedal to the metal while adding an extra something to your next sweat session. Studios like RPM Spin in Los Angeles, CA offer one-hour cycling classes featuring twenty minutes of abs, sculpt, or yoga. Spin® and Savasana followed by a day of sun and sand? Count us in!  


Four Moon Spa


Paradise found. 
No, you don’t need to board a plane this summer to discover some serenity. Your next vacation might be right on your mat. Try finding your flow at a studio that encompasses the outdoors so that you can embrace the ultimate zen-like experience. Whether it’s palm trees, water fountains, crystals, or succulents, practicing in the vicinity to a naturally tranquil space will elevate your yoga game. Four Moons Spa in San Diego, CA hosts yoga classes in an intimate studio that opens up to their Balinese-style gardens. Get ready to escape to a secluded summer oasis. 


Real Pilates
Real Pilates


But first, Pilates. 
Before hitting the pool, make your muscles work in the best way possible with Pilates. Bring it back to basics with strengthening and lengthening methods that tap into the traditional art of Pilates. Studios like Real Pilates in New York, NY utilize a hands-on approach to classical Pilates. Featuring smaller group classes and semi-private sessions, Real Pilates incorporates everything from springs and barrels to poles, circles, and upholstered mats so you can get the deepest workout with the best form—and get after those summer goals. 


Barre & Soul Method
Barre & Soul Method


Find your happy hour.
A good barre workout will have you feeling strong (and earning those fancy summer cocktails—you know, the ones with the umbrellas). Try a barre class that not only has you tucking and tightening, but also features other aspects of fitness that will get you moving. Barre & Soul Method in Boston, MA does just that. Featuring a Barre & Soul Method class that blends barre techniques with ballet conditioning, cardio, Pilates, yoga and meditation, your mind, body, and soul will be ready to seize all those summer days.


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A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
shanila sattar
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Expert Advice
Personal Growth

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

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 self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.


Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.


About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar