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Whether they’re offering classes at a smaller capacity, holding classes outdoors, sticking with live stream, or just out of practice altogether, studios all over the country just aren’t operating how they used to. This means, now, more than ever, they could use our support. If your studios are still closed—or even if they’ve reopened—they’re likely doing everything they can to get back on their feet and bring their communities back together (including you!). Here are some clear (and effective) ways to help the studios you love.
How to Support Local Fitness Studios (whether they’re open or closed):
Seriously. Don’t cancel your memberships if you want to support. Studios rely on a steady stream of memberships to keep them running. If you’re financially able, maintain—and take advantage of—your membership (or find the right one to invest in if you don’t have one already!). These days, studios are getting creative and working hard to provide the best possible experience for clients in the studio, outside, or on-screen. By continuing your membership, you’re ensuring the future of the business and showing up for you. That's a win-win.
Thinking of buying some new yoga pants or a mat? Maybe you want some blocks and bolsters to improve your at-home yoga practice. Before heading online to big brand websites, check and see if your local studios have anything to offer. Often, they’ll have their own websites or photos of retail on their social media accounts, so you can buy it from home or stop by for a visit. Plus, you’ll pretty much be a walking advertisement for the studio—and maybe you’ll meet some new workout buddies wearing it!
If you tried out a live stream class during the beginning of the pandemic, odds are, it wasn’t the best (no offense, studios). But if you had a bad experience and gave up back then—or even a month or two ago—you might want to consider giving it another go. Studios and instructors are improving their live stream classes every day, learning and adapting on the fly to make sure you’re getting the best workout you can with all the benefits. For a lot of studios, this is the only form of classes they can offer right now, and they’re pouring their hearts and souls into it. So, check out the top 5 most-booked virtual classes... maybe it’s time to try something new.
Have a friend or family member’s birthday, anniversary, or just want to let them know you’re thinking of them? Show how much you care with a gift card for the intro offer at your go-to studio. Most intro offers are between $25-$75, so the price point is just right. Plus, it's a gift that keeps on giving—the recipient will have the opportunity to attend multiple (if not multiple weeks of) classes. Bonus points if you attend class with them—either virtually or in-person.
How do you find the best new studios (or restaurants, coffee shops, hair salons, etc.) to try? When looking for something new, you may start by browsing around in your area, and then check out the reviews to see what other people have to say about it (see How to Find the Top Yoga Studios and Classes in LA). Reviews are a great way to find out what a specific instructor is like, what you need to know before attending a class, and whether it sounds like what you’re looking for. Many studios also use these reviews to market themselves, sharing them on social media to attract new clients. So, if you have a studio you love, and you want to spread some love, shoot them some stars. They’ll appreciate it.
With some extra time on your hands, you might’ve been spending a little extra time on social media during the pandemic. And if you’re already there, you might as well use it to help! Most studios have Instagram accounts where they post schedule updates, news on opening/closing, photos of their instructors and awesome retail products, and even sometimes videos you can follow along with. If you want to help your studio gain some attention and attract new clients, follow, like, and share their posts! There’s nothing like an endorsement from a friend to let you know about a new studio, and many of your followers probably live local to you and the studio, so they’re the perfect contenders for new members.
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If your studio isn’t open for indoor or outdoor workouts, they probably have a lot of equipment laying around that’s not in use right now. And a lot of studios are renting out their unused equipment to those who are interested. If you have the space in your at-home workout room (garage, living room, backyard, whatever), consider renting some equipment to upgrade your space—and your online workouts.
When we asked our Mindbody community how you all can support them, one answer we got from a studio owner was, “Don’t buy a Peloton when the studio is closed. 😝” In all seriousness though, it’s been quite some time now, and you’re probably getting used to a new routine (that might not involve your pre-COVID studios). If that’s the case, we understand—and your studios do, too. One way you can support the studios you love is simply keeping them in your thoughts and hearts. Remember the community you were once a part of there, try to stay connected through social media and live stream classes, and let them know you haven’t forgotten about them and you hope to come back in as soon as you feel safe.
The last thing that stood out in the responses from our Mindbody community was the need for us all to adhere to safety protocol. Specifically, wearing masks. Studio owners and staff aren't mandating masks maliciously or out of spite—they’re just trying to keep their spaces as safe as possible so they can protect all of us, slow the spread, and keep their doors open so we can all keep doing what we love. It’s temporary (we hope), and it’s really not that hard. So, please just roll with it—it will make your instructors’ and studio owners’ lives a whole lot easier (and safer).
All-in-all, our studios need us. And there are so many different ways you can support them besides just going into the studio for a class. So, hop on a live stream, share on social, do all the things to let them know you haven’t forgotten about them—and you still care.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you.
While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.