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There’s no denying that practicing yoga has some amazing benefits, from increased flexibility and physical strength to facilitating the detox process and perks like mental clarity. But, have you ever experienced a class where your mat just wasn’t cooperating? Maybe you were slipping and sliding or weren’t getting the proper joint support to nail that pose. Whatever it may have been, there’s nothing worse than being distracted during your YOU time.
For yogis who want to take their practice to the next level and avoid distractions, it’s important to invest in the right equipment. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned pro, navigating your way through yoga mat shopping can be as challenging as a level 3 power vinyasa class. Luckily, Manduka has over 20 years of experience when it comes to making mats that benefit all practice styles.
Before nailing down the perfect mat for you, there are several things to consider. First, what’s your main reason for practicing? Is yoga your primary fitness type, or are you looking for some restorative sessions to help you relax and unwind after a busy day?
Secondly, type of practice—if you’re already committed to one style—can also help narrow down the right mat for you. For yogis who want to give hot yoga a go (or those that tend to get sweaty in regular classes), you’ll limit distractions during class if you equip yourself with a grippy, slip-free mat. Or, if you find that yoga can be hard on your joints, you’ll want a mat that has good density.
The third factor worth considering is your lifestyle. Planning to practice at home, in a studio, or outdoors? Whether you live in a walkable city or prefer to arrive at your favorite studio by car, portability is an important factor. After all, you won’t want to lug around a 9-pound mat on the subway!
To make the whole process a bit easier, we at Manduka have created a tool to guide you through finding a yoga mat that’s a perfect fit for you and your practice. Take our quiz, and start tackling those poses like a PRO.
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!