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When a yogi modifies their practice for their own personal journey, they often do different variations or poses. Similarly, yoga itself has taken on many different variations that add a little bit of flair to the ancient art. If you’re looking for a unique way to flow, try one (or all) of these classes.
Trade your mat for a board and your studio for some fun in the sun. Standup paddleboard yoga strengthens your core and legs, tests your balance and keeps you cool. If you’ve spent all your time practicing on land, perhaps it’s time to make some waves and give this floating class a try.
Beer plus yoga? The ultimate hoppy hour. As much as I would love to say that I made this class up, it is a real thing—and it’s awesome. Breweries are partnering with local yoga studios for classes that bring your intention (and your beer) to heart center and encourage you to sip while you salute the sun and earn your savasana. It’s a fun twist, but probably not recommended for days when you’re trying to twist out the toxins.
If you do have a lot of toxins you need to let out, there’s no better way than in a heated yoga class. Performed in a heated room, hot yoga detoxifies your body through sweating (and a LOT of it). Studios are usually around 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on how full the class is and the studio policy. While it may seem intimidating, it’s a great way to build strength and increase flexibility.
Take your downward dog to the next level, literally. Instead of feeling bad for leaving your furry best friend behind while taking a class, try some doga. It’s normal yoga class that incorporates practicing with (you guessed it) your dog. Because even pets need peace of mind sometimes, too.
If you happen to have a goat, you can be a part of an up-and coming-trend known as goat yoga. It’s more or less the same as dog yoga, but with more of a zen farm vibe instead. If you aren’t able to BYO-goat for your home practice, some places actually offer it as a class.
Although not a totally-out-there class, yoga sculpt is a definite must-try if you’re looking to add a little bit of toning to your practice. It follows a Vinyasa-type flow but incorporates light weights and a few sculpting series to build muscle.
Some yoga studios dim the lights, while some opt for a full yoga rave with blacklights. Glow yoga is a party of a class that combines upbeat music with a glow-in-the-dark element. You can even use glow paint to decorate your body like your true warrior self. You’ve always had the inner soul-glow—now’s your time to let it show on the surface.
Tired of being on the ground? Give aerial yoga a try. The class uses a hammock to deepen your practice and help you feel light and airy. This type of yoga has tons of benefits, too, from better alignment to improved circulation and inversions.
No matter what type of yoga you do, remember that it’s all about the journey. Rather than continuing with the same practice every time, try opening yourself up to something different. Dive heart first into something new, even if it scares you—you might just be surprised at what you’re capable of.
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.