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Published Monday Mar 30, 2020 by Mindbody Team

A Lesson in Connection: This is Twist Yoga in Lake Oswego, Oregon

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2020 may not be going at all how we may have expected, we are all finding ways to adapt and move forward.

Fortunately, we live in a digital age where we can remain connected and maintain our well-being online. The silver lining is, even though we can't actually visit our favorite studios right now, we can access them virtually from the comfort (and safety) of our living rooms! Not only that, but with so many studios offering virtual classes, we can venture out and expose ourselves to ones in different cities we typically would never be able to try! 

We’re here to bring you the inside scoop on some *awesome* studios you might like to try (because there's just so damn many!). So, meet Twist Yoga. We (virtually) sat down with Jennifer Pahl, owner of Twist Yoga in Lake Oswego, Oregon, to find out more about her studio, what sets it apart, and how it’s handling the shift from normalcy right now. 
 

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Starting at the top, give us an overview of your business! 

Our “How” – Founded in 2013 around the belief that connection fuels happiness, Twist Yoga is a locally-owned yoga studio deeply rooted in community­—a true hub of happiness. In addition to many different styles of yoga and fitness classes, we also offer Yoga Alliance certified teacher training, private lessons, online classes, and workplace wellness solutions.  
 
Our "Why" – At Twist Yoga, connection is at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s connecting mind to body, breath to movement, or individuals to their community, our mission is to fuel happiness through connection. 
 
We aim for each and every person who visits our studio to walk out feeling lighter, stronger and more connected with themselves and the world around them. 


What sets Twist Yoga apart from other studios?  

We are a true HUB of happiness. Connecting our community to each other and to the best teachers in town, we fuel happiness like no other! We are a small business with one location, locally invested and owned since day one.  
 

Virtual Yoga Side Arm


What makes your business a unique virtual destination?  

We are so fortunate that we launched Twist Yoga Online in 2017. We have over 125 recorded classes that we have had up and running and serving our clients since before the pandemic. Therefore, our students were already experienced with our online classes. Our teachers, as well, were practiced and equipped. Now, we offer two live classes per day streamed via Twist Yoga Online, too. We also had a payment system set up, so we can charge for the online classes and pay our teachers! 


How should someone prepare to take a Twist Yoga virtual class?  What's the most popular one?

Create a little space for yourself, roll out a mat if you have one, and get ready to breathe and move and smile. Our most popular virtual classes are grounding flows.  


What’s the ideal in-home setup and most popular virtual class?  

There isn't one! Pets, kids, limited space... nothing is ideal. If you can carve out a small space, do it. 
Maybe light a candle, play some music, spray some essential oils, or not! Maybe you are still in your pajamas, just ate another cookie, and haven't showered in days. That's ideal, too. Or, maybe you just watch a class and sit there. We want our students to do what is right in that minute. Maybe tomorrow you put on yoga pants and roll out a mat and lay there in savasana for an hour. Awesome!


How do you want people to feel before, during, and after class? 

I'd love them to start class feeling great. But I know in these uncertain times, many feel anxious. 
 
While taking class, they will keep connection, be more grounded, open, and balanced. They will feel a little glimpse of life BC and at the studio. 
 
When they finish, I’d like them to feel compassion for themselves and others. A sense of grounding and peace and accomplishment. Alive. Our goal is to get the body and the mind in the same space at the same time. I want them to feel like THEY CAN DO IT and THEY WILL BE OK. 

 

Twist Yoga Virtual Savasana


How are you attracting people to your classes online and what sets them apart?  

We are offering 3 weeks free if you subscribe by 3/31! Since we have so many recorded and are doing live classes, we really have an edge there compared to people who are just entering the space. 

We also offer 2 months FREE to all first responders, health care workers, and teachers, and we have A LOT of people all over the world taking advantage of this! We also offer our members with class cards to use one punch from their class card to get one month of unlimited online classes. 


During this time of uncertainty, when a community really needs to band together, what is your wellness philosophy? Both personal and across your business?  

Always, always stick to our Core Values to survive and THRIVE!!! 

- Show Respect 
- Inspire Connection 
- Fuel Happiness 
- Be Curiously Authentic 
- Always Be the Student  


How have you been personally practicing wellness during this time? 

Not as much as I should. I am struggling with my home practice because I am so close to it all. 
When I am practicing, I deeply mourn my students and teachers. It’s very emotional right now. I have found that I need more high impact (our Shred Class) so I can get out of my mind for a minute. 


How are you living this out during “stay-at-home" mandates, social distancing, and beyond?  

Lots and lots of virtual meetings, happy hours and games. We have calls with our teachers and staff and are dedicated to staying connected. Personally, I am trying to keep a little normalcy by going into the studio each day to work by myself. It's nice to be in the space and keep the positive energy alive. 

Twist Yoga Iphone

What should Twist Yoga members know about their membership during this time?  

We have personally contacted every one of our monthly and yearly members to let them know what we are doing for them and how they can stay connected. We will add on as much time as needed for our students who were in their intro month when we had to close. All class card expirations will be extended until June 30, 2021. We are committed to their health and wellness, and we will get through this together and open our doors again and be stronger than ever! 


How can consumers support your business during this time?  

YES! They can leave us reviews on Google, Yelp and MB. They can buy mats and other retail at 25% off! They can subscribe to Twist Yoga Online - just $18.99 a month. 


Anything else you’d like to add about the current state of the wellness industry, where we’re headed, our communities, etc.?  

Mindbody ONE is my saving grace in these times. The community created there for business owners is unparalleled and will be one of the main reasons that wellness businesses can and will make it through to the other side. 

 

If you'd like to find more virtual classes to try, browse our inventory on Mindbody, and explore the world of wellness from wherever you are. 

Want to get the word out about your studio's virtual offerings and how the Mindbody Community can support you? Answer our short survey, and we'll be in touch!

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Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

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To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

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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.