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Have your travel plans been kyboshed? Is your wellness routine under quarantine? I am pretty sure we just nodded our heads in unison. We’re all feeling a little (or a lot) stir crazy as we practice social distancing. If you’re someone who was working on your fitness prior to the pandemic, studios shutting their doors for safety might just be another red X on 2020. #positivevibes from here on out only, please.
Plain and simple—we are in uncharted territory. But in times of uncertainty, we need to be grateful for the little things and adapt to our new norm. Whether you’re worried about your suitcases collecting dust, want to stay connected to your community, or just need to sweat out the stress, Mindbody now offers virtual classes from your favorite (and soon-to-be-favorite) studios to save you from self-isolation. Here’s how you can rack up those air miles while getting your workout on, no passport required.
If you have WIFI, you now have a world of workouts at your fingertips from the comfort of your home. From barre to HIIT to cardio blasts, choose from thousands of virtual fitness classes anywhere (literally). Maybe you’ve always wanted to check out the hottest HIIT classes in LA or namaslay your namaste in Sydney—now’s your chance to try something new while staying local (and loyal to your well-being).
All you have to do is change your location on Mindbody.io or the Mindbody app to explore classes in different metros! There’s no jetlag, either, which is a plus, especially now that we have bags under our eyes from pandemic stress. So the only question we have left is, where do you want to go?
Don’t like “traveling” alone? When searching for an on-demand virtual class on Mindbody, invite your friends and family to join (because we all know most of us need a break from WFH with our S/Os). Girls trip anyone? Choose a location that you have all been wanting to travel to, or an instructor or studio that you’ve been eyeing on Instagram—@mindbody has a few good ones. Many of the virtual classes only require a yoga mat (we will get to that later), so your friends don’t have an excuse not to join in! With easy-to-use filters, you can find a time that works for everyone’s schedule and fitness routine. Those who sweat together, stay together. Now, drumroll, please, make it a thing (we promise, it’s an extrovert social distancing dream).
Get into the wanderlust spirit with your group by not only dressing in workout gear that is inspired by the city you’re “visiting” (florescent floral for Miami, all black everything for NYC), but plan your virtual happy hour or dinner, around that city (or country). Make a cocktail (or mocktail) that emulates the region you just worked out in—or your Zodiac sign if all else fails —and cheers over Zoom with your crew. Try planning ahead and find recipes for your virtual meal with friends that is well-known to the place you just booked. Thank goodness for grocery delivery. Not only will you have something to look forward to, you’ll feel even more connected to your friends (and fitness) during isolation.
Whether you have two left feet and want to stream Hip-Hop Cardio on-demand or you need to disconnect from video conferencing with Vinyasa, the best part about virtual Mindbody classes is that you can do them on your terms.
Virtual workouts and classes are your chance to try something different or take your workout to the next level because, guess what, no one is watching (or judging) you—well, except for the dog.
Challenge yourself to a new workout or a class with a kick-ass fitness instructor that your friends told you made their abs sore for days. Wear your craziest yoga pants with your hair in a crazy bun. Be comfortable and confident and hold yourself accountable. And if you’re scrolling through social, post an after-class selfie and motivate your followers to do the same. Tell us where you traveled to and tag #mindbody. You might learn to love fitness (and yourself) a little more when you do it alone.
Studios from all over the world are going virtual to keep their workout community’s positive, and are welcoming new students, near and far. If you’re worried about what to “pack” (as you travel from bedroom to the living room for class), most studios have modified their classes to work for the equipment you may or may not have at home. Perfect example: Pilates. Use to the reformer? Never wore grippy socks a day in your life?
Studios are taking their traditional in-studio experiences to the (yoga) mat—and believe us, Mat Pilates is a killer core workout. Don’t have a ballet barre at home? We bet 99% of the population doesn’t. Barre3 is streaming virtual workouts (minus any fancy equipment). You’ll feel the muscle burn without the barre. If your “travel” calls for weights and you don’t have any at home, get creative! Use that heavy book that you were going to read on the flight to Australia. Pack your hiking backpack with some gear for added weight. Raid the pantry for a few pounds. You might just find what you need isn’t so far away.
From your go-to studio around the block to taking your workout routine to faraway lands, virtual classes on Mindbody enable you to get your workout on, anywhere. While it won’t take the place of the vacation you’ve been planning for months, on-demand workouts can take your mind off the madness and transport you to somewhere you want to be, even if it’s Pilates on the back porch. Just remember to take a deep breath, stay grounded and have gratitude—we are getting through this together. Have a virtual class we need to know about? Share it on Instagram and tag @mindbody! We'll share the love.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.