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Published Tuesday Jan 08, 2019 by Brittany Raine

Beth Bedingfield: Transforming Your Fitness Routine

Pilates
Personal Growth

The first week of the new year is behind us. Do you already feel your fitness motivation slipping? Don’t panic! We chatted with Beth Bedingfield—owner of TransFORM Colorado—on her goals for 2019, trying new things, and committing to your overall health and wellness. 

 

What are your tips for getting back into fitness and finding the inspiration to work out?



My suggestion is always trying a bunch of different workouts and finding a method or modality that you like or enjoy. Some people will like HIIT, some cardio classes, some cycling. It's important to enjoy what you are doing, that will help get you in a routine. Find an instructor or a community you feel connected to. A lot of times a good instructor or people you meet within the studio is what will keep you coming back. I also say to book your classes in advance and commit to them. Most studios have cancellation policies. If you book in advance, this will hold you more accountable to show up, so you don't break the bank paying a fee. Once you start feeling the results of the workout, you’ll want to continue with the exercises.




How do fitness studios—like TransFORM Colorado—encourage relationships and work together to improve fitness and wellness? 



TransFORM Colorado

At TransFORM, we put a lot of emphasis on community. We want to create an atmosphere where people feel welcomed, included—a safe space where individuals do not feel judged. We do a lot of community events and giveaways as well as challenges to help keep people involved and engaged. The more people keep coming back to the studio, the more familiar faces they see, and the relationships they organically develop. First, they come for the workout, but why they stay is the community and experience. We believe not all fitness goals are physical. Not everyone comes to exercise to be in better shape, sometimes that is just the result. A lot of people come to decompress, get away from stressful careers, find organic self-confidence, meet friends and discover a place where they belong. Our job as instructors is to nurture those goals that focus on the mind, as well as the body. 





What advice do you have for someone trying the Lagree Fitness Method (or Pilates) for the first time?



Try it more than once! The first time can be intimidating. It's a new machine, with a group of people that may seem at first glance that they know what they are doing. Never get discouraged your first time. Everyone is in the same boat their first class; they're just trying to get through the best they can. It can feel very technical and move quickly at times. We always tell new people, don't get discouraged if your first experience feels overwhelming. It takes two to three classes to feel comfortable with the machine and movements.



What's the best thing for someone to do to keep their fitness goals alive in the new year?



Working out at TransFORM Colorado

Plan your workout schedule, and book your classes a week in advance. It will hold you accountable. If you are someone who likes going to work out with someone else, get a workout buddy and sign up together. Keep each other moving!

What’s your New Year’s intention for you and your studio?



My New Year’s Resolution is to slow down, sleep better and take more time for self-care. When you work in fitness, your whole job is so revolved around helping others take care of themselves and achieve their goals, that you sometimes forget to take care of you. 

TransFORM will be expanding in 2019 to our second location, with hopefully a third in the works as well! We are even adding yoga to our second location. It will be Colorado’s first music-driven yoga class!  I’m so excited to grow this amazing community we have created. We will continue to offer an inclusive, non-judgment safe space where people can come, let go, and have that 30-60 minutes entirely to themselves. Most of us don’t get enough "me" time during the day. When anyone walks through our door, we want TransFORM to be a space that— for the next hour—is all about them. 




Want to try something new this year? Book a class with Beth at TransFORM Colorado or find a cool studio near you on MINDBODY.io or the MINDBODY app

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
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.
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: 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 we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.