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Published Thursday Mar 08, 2018 by Brittany Raine

Break Out of Your Comfort Zone with These 4 Fun Workouts

Fitness
Yoga
Cardio
Motivation

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to gain a fresh perspective on your post-New Years workout goals. If your fitness routine is becoming less glow-tastic and more yawn-worthy, we’ve got four workouts (and studios where you can find them) to get you moving—no experience required! Exercise your right to fight through that comfort zone with a little guts and a whole lot of glory.

Jump on it!

The higher you fall, the harder you bounce. Dare to jump with a trampoline-based workout! Taking your fitness to new levels, trampoline-based workouts  feature heart-pumping low-impact cardio and they can improve balance and coordination. Plus, if our girl crush Margot Robbie swears by rebounding, count us in.

Studios like trampoLEAN in New York City give you your own jumping device to move, groove, and burn those calories on. Now, who’s ready to bounce?

Photo credit: @trampoleannyc on Instagram

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Jump on it!

The higher you fall, the harder you bounce. Dare to jump with a trampoline-based workout! Taking your fitness to new levels, trampoline-based workouts  feature heart-pumping low-impact cardio and they can improve balance and coordination. Plus, if our girl crush Margot Robbie swears by rebounding, count us in.

Studios like trampoLEAN in New York City give you your own jumping device to move, groove, and burn those calories on. Now, who’s ready to bounce?

Photo credit: @trampoleannyc on Instagram

Get low + let it flow.


What happens when those Saturday night shake-your-tailfeather jams pour through the speakers of a yoga studio? Pure booty muscle shaking bliss. It’s time to kick your flow up a notch with a hip-hop yoga class! As the beat drops and your downward dog gets a little deeper, let your worries will melt away to the sound of music. 

At Y7 Studio, you’ll get all the Zen of candlelight yoga but with the intensity of heat, strength and hard beats. Featuring some pretty sweet bi-coastal locations, Y7’s “We Flow Hard” is not just a mantra, it’s a way of freaking life. 



Photo credit: @y7studio on Instagram

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Get low + let it flow.


What happens when those Saturday night shake-your-tailfeather jams pour through the speakers of a yoga studio? Pure booty muscle shaking bliss. It’s time to kick your flow up a notch with a hip-hop yoga class! As the beat drops and your downward dog gets a little deeper, let your worries will melt away to the sound of music. 

At Y7 Studio, you’ll get all the Zen of candlelight yoga but with the intensity of heat, strength and hard beats. Featuring some pretty sweet bi-coastal locations, Y7’s “We Flow Hard” is not just a mantra, it’s a way of freaking life. 



Photo credit: @y7studio on Instagram

Earn your wings.


If “I believe I can fly…” is going through your head right now, then you’re on the right track. You might have heard all about the benefits of aerial yogamajor ab work, zero-impact, living your gymnast dream—but what’s better than getting your swole on while defying gravity? Plus, even the beginner poses make for some Instagram-worthy images your whole crew will be asking you about.  

Studios like AIR offer friendly, intimidation-free atmospheres with hands-on instructors for all skill levels. With locations across five states, AIR takes your workout to the next level by blending elements of conditions, Pilates, ballet and HIIT to light your muscles on fire… while looking effortless of course.

Photo credit: @airfitnow on Instagram

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Earn your wings.


If “I believe I can fly…” is going through your head right now, then you’re on the right track. You might have heard all about the benefits of aerial yogamajor ab work, zero-impact, living your gymnast dream—but what’s better than getting your swole on while defying gravity? Plus, even the beginner poses make for some Instagram-worthy images your whole crew will be asking you about.  

Studios like AIR offer friendly, intimidation-free atmospheres with hands-on instructors for all skill levels. With locations across five states, AIR takes your workout to the next level by blending elements of conditions, Pilates, ballet and HIIT to light your muscles on fire… while looking effortless of course.

Photo credit: @airfitnow on Instagram

Pole position.

No, we aren’t talking about race cars. We’re talking about an empowering pole fitness workout session.  It’s about time you take your muscles (and your self-confidence) for a spin. One of these classes will not only test your upper and lower body strength; it will help you love your body even more and heal chronic pain. Who doesn’t love new moves that make you stronger—physically and emotionally? People even think pole dancing should be an Olympic sport, and we can get behind that. 

Studios like Pole Fitness Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada offer a selection of seductively sweat-inducing strengthening classes, like bootcamp, gogo dancing, kickboxing and more!

Photo credit: @polefitnessstudio on Instagram


Whether it’s rebounding, hip-hop yoga, aerial or pole fitness, the Mindbody app has thousands of options to refresh your workout and add extra excitement to any fitness routine.

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Pole position.

No, we aren’t talking about race cars. We’re talking about an empowering pole fitness workout session.  It’s about time you take your muscles (and your self-confidence) for a spin. One of these classes will not only test your upper and lower body strength; it will help you love your body even more and heal chronic pain. Who doesn’t love new moves that make you stronger—physically and emotionally? People even think pole dancing should be an Olympic sport, and we can get behind that. 

Studios like Pole Fitness Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada offer a selection of seductively sweat-inducing strengthening classes, like bootcamp, gogo dancing, kickboxing and more!

Photo credit: @polefitnessstudio on Instagram


Whether it’s rebounding, hip-hop yoga, aerial or pole fitness, the Mindbody app has thousands of options to refresh your workout and add extra excitement to any fitness routine.

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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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.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

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