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Published Wednesday Oct 02, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Get a Scary Good Workout In These 3 Cities

Yoga
Interval Training
Kickboxing
Pilates
Barre
Fitness
Bootcamp

Ready to give your muscles a treat? No matter what your plans are this Halloween—or where you are—it’s time to crank up “Thriller” and sweat it out in a class at one of these frightfully ahh-mazing studios. 

 

LOS ANGELES
Find a devilishly good sweat session in the City of Angels. 

 

BoxUnion Fitness

BoxUnion
Location: Santa Monica
Class: Signature 

Designed for all levels, this music-driven class combines cardio, shadow boxing, HIIT, bodyweight strength, and individual heavy bag training for an *extra* sweaty workout. 

 

Training Mate

Training Mate 
Locations: West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Studio City
Class: Sydney Circuit

Looking for your next calorie-burning class? With a focus on overall conditioning, this high-intensity, circuit-style workout works through three different stations targeting both upper and lower body muscles. 

 

PLATEFIT

PLATEFIT 
Locations: WeHo, Studio City, Brentwood
Class: BootcampFIT 

If you’re looking to improve your stamina and flexibility, this unique, full-body workout is for you. From circuit-style routines to creative muscle-toning exercises featuring dumbbells and exercise bands, this class targets all the major muscle groups. 

 

DENVER 
Make your muscles work some magic in the Mile High. 

 

Lagree Luxe

Lagree Luxe
Location: Capitol Hill 
Class: Lagree Fitness 

High-intensity and low-impact, this Megaformer-focused class is one of the most effective and innovative approaches to full-body conditioning. If you’re a first-timer, remember to get there early to meet your instructor and get acquainted with the machine! 

 

women on mats doing barre workout

Barre3 
Location: Highlands Square
Class: barre3

Are you ready to feel amazing—both inside and out? This mindful workout guides you through sustained holds, muscle-burning micro-movements, and intense cardio bursts. You will leave the studio feeling balanced in body and empowered from within.  

 

Duality Fitness

Duality
Location: West Colfax 
Class: DualityHIIT & Flow

Kickstart your week with this killer hybrid class! Spend 35 minutes working through stations of strength and cardio exercises—utilizing treadmills, stand-up rowers, kettlebells, slam balls, resistance bands, and TRX. After the circuit, transition into a heated yoga flow to keep you balanced and centered. 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 
Tap into a spine-chilling sweat session in SF.
 
Uforia Studios

Uforia Studios
Location: Nob Hill 
Class: Revolutions

Who's ready to ride? Developed by a Uforia dancer, this cycling class focuses on high-energy music for a full-body workout in just 45 minutes! It’s more like a dance party on a bike to your favorite beats. 

 

Bar Method

The Bar Method
 
Locations: Marina, Downtown
Class: Bar Express

This 45-minute class is supercharged to get you sculpted and back to the office (or your daily errands) right on time. Challenging for all levels, this workout will exercise your body and mind—and you’ll deserve the best nap afterward. 

 

Rocksalt Pilates

RockSalt Pilates
Locations: Potrero Hill, Redwood City, San Mateo 
Class: RockReform Sweat 

Featuring the original sweat-worthy RockSalt workout, this Pilates fusion class is timed to upbeat music—working you from the inside out. Combining cardio, strength resistance training, reformer exercises, and coordination techniques, test your strength with this intense class. 


Ready for your next scary good workout? Explore more of these classes on the MINDBODY app, or search in your city on MINDBODY.io! 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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