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Published Monday Oct 19, 2020 by Sara Lesher

9 Ways to Support Your Local Studios (Whether They’re Open or Closed)


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):


1. Don’t cancel your memberships 

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. 

2. Harness the (real) power of retail  

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!  


3. Continue with live stream 

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.  

4. Purchase an intro offer as a gift for a friend 

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. 

5. Shoot them some stars  

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.  

6. Follow and share 

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.  

Or follow us on Instagram to find new studios!  

7. Rent equipment 

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. 

8. Don’t forget about them 

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.  

9. Remember: we’re all in this together 

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. 

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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