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The leaves are changing color, school is back in session, and it’s finally sweater weather. Autumn is in the air and instead of curling up on the couch with a cup of tea, fall into a new fitness routine with these five classes.
From energetic, encouraging instructors to themed music and cool black lights, there’s never a dull moment at an indoor cycling class. Featuring a super motivating environment that accommodates all exercise levels, learn to ride to the beat while getting a cardio pumping, full-body workout. You’ll leave class dripping in sweat, but you’ll feel stronger and ready to take on the world!
Looking to mix a little zen into your workout? Vinyasa yoga is just what you need. This dynamic form of yoga works on strength training, improves flexibility, relieves stress, and focuses on breath, helping to create a deeper spiritual connection with your body. Make this fast-paced flow part of your routine to achieve a total body detox.
Meaning “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), Hatha yoga is all about competing energies within each person. Uniting two opposite vibes to bring balance to the body and mind, this form of yoga increases heart and back health, builds bone density, and improves your core strength. This low-intensity workout will have you leaving class feeling longer, looser and more relaxed.
Exercise your power with Pilates—a workout unlike any other. Not only is it ah-mazing for your abs, but the slow, controlled movements are easy on your joints. With classes available for all skill levels and instructors who can modify exercises to fit your needs, practice the art of concentration while challenging your strength.
Grab your squad and meet them at barre! A hybrid of ballet, yoga, Pilates and other standard workout moves, barre is so good for your body. Designed to build your strength super fast, and improve your posture, take time to “tuck” with this unique fitness method. And good news: you don’t have to be a dancer to benefit from barre, so give it a try!
If you’re looking to try one of these workouts, discover classes near you on the MINDBODY app today!
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.