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The following is a guest article from the internal Mindbody community.
Our world has turned upside down and not so much in the fun, handstand kind of way. We’ve been asked to stay inside, away from our local communities and our normal routines. As a student, not having access to my favorite yoga classes has been hard on both my body and mind (missing that hot yoga therapy sesh, le sigh). As an instructor, I worry about my peers’ livelihoods as their work comes to a halt.
The studio experience has been taken away from us.
In its absence is the opportunity to share our local favorites beyond their city limits. We have a chance to support our communities in new ways. We do that by sharing and participating in their efforts to deliver movement in innovative ways. We do that by offering support beyond our memberships. It’s up to us to help keep our small businesses afloat and our robust communities alive. The ask? Find new ways to support your favorite studios. Participate in the offerings they have created and share what they are doing. Connect with others about your experiences.
Got it? Okay, I’ll start. Here are mine.
Shine Yoga Studios
For you fellow yogis out there, this is my “home studio”. This Northern California studio is committed to its students’ home practice. Not only are they selling blocks, bolsters and mats for at-home use (prop-heavy savasana forever), but they are offering free yoga and barre classes via Vimeo. Live classes are also available. Sign up through the Mindbody app.
SLO Yoga Center
All you need is a Mindbody account to get access to this location's digital studio, where they feature nine free classes, ranging from gentle yoga to HIIT Pilates. Do yourself a favor and take the Flow and Stretch yoga class after a long day of #wfh (trust).
This beachy studio packs a huge punch. Join their Patreon for classes from the studio’s larger-than-life owner, starting at four minutes all the way up to a full, 60-minute sweat. Keep a lookout for live classes, promoted on their Instagram.
Spark Flow? Yoga Sculpt? Bootcamp? This studio’s variety will keep your body guessing. You will break a sweat with their free digital offerings - cough, cough, Power Flow. A mat towel is a must.
This Nebraskan studio has offered its community a virtual studio for years. Within the last week, they’ve added 120 percent more content (think yoga nidra, cycle, meditation, even audio runs). They even offer virtual kids classes, too!
Brass tacks: Studios can use your help financially. There are many ways to support your second homes during this trying time. I've actually seen friends send their favorite instructors (and stylists for that matter) support via Venmo. People are getting clever, and the outpouring of support is amazing. Don’t hesitate to reach out to see how you can help. It’s up to us to keep our communities alive as more and more of us shelter in place.
These are trying times, but we will get through it together, one virtual down dog at a time.
What are your favorite studios doing to keep their community connected and moving? Tell us (and tag us) on @Mindbody!
Remember, we are getting through this together, and together we will emerge stronger. To show your local studios support during this time, please visit them on Mindbody.io or in the Mindbody app and find your favorite classes (or ones you've always wanted to try). Also, tag them on social media, along with @Mindbody, and we will support in any way we can.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!