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Published Monday Dec 09, 2019 by Sara Lesher

Studios to Hit on Your Next Trip to Boston

Fitness
Travel

If you’re traveling to Boston like we just did for our Best of Wellness Event with Erin Foster, you might want to check out some of our favorite studios and classes to hit during your trip. Try these workouts, massages, yoga classes, and assisted stretches on your breaks in between sight-seeing for the full Boston wellness experience.

Sweatfixx - SCULPT FIXX

Ditch the cardio and focus on your muscles in this sculpting fitness class. Bring the energy and get ready to push, hold, lengthen, and challenge every muscle in your body! Yeah, you’ll feel this one in the morning.

 

Photo credit: @sweatfixx on Instagram

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Sweatfixx - SCULPT FIXX

Ditch the cardio and focus on your muscles in this sculpting fitness class. Bring the energy and get ready to push, hold, lengthen, and challenge every muscle in your body! Yeah, you’ll feel this one in the morning.

 

Photo credit: @sweatfixx on Instagram

BDY SQD Ink - Myofascial Stretch

After you’re feeling the burn of that Sculpt Fixx class, you might appreciate some one-on-one stretching assistance. This myofascial stretching technique will break up your scar tissue and increase your range of motion so you can get back to feeling light, strong, and loose—and ready for your next class!—in just 30 minutes.

 

Photo credit: BDY SQD Facebook

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BDY SQD Ink - Myofascial Stretch

After you’re feeling the burn of that Sculpt Fixx class, you might appreciate some one-on-one stretching assistance. This myofascial stretching technique will break up your scar tissue and increase your range of motion so you can get back to feeling light, strong, and loose—and ready for your next class!—in just 30 minutes.

 

Photo credit: BDY SQD Facebook

South Boston Yoga - All Levels Yoga

This yoga class offers slight instructor variations on the vinyasa sequence. It’s moderate in difficulty with modifications given for both beginner and advanced students so anyone can join! So release your travel stress and breathe through this flow class to realign and be ready to experience the city.

 

Photo credit: @southbostonyoga on Instagram

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South Boston Yoga - All Levels Yoga

This yoga class offers slight instructor variations on the vinyasa sequence. It’s moderate in difficulty with modifications given for both beginner and advanced students so anyone can join! So release your travel stress and breathe through this flow class to realign and be ready to experience the city.

 

Photo credit: @southbostonyoga on Instagram

Barre Groove - Bounce & Barre

Barre and trampolines? You heard us. This fun, full-body workout is a low-impact way to target your legs, core, and arms. Plus, you can improve your balance and coordination (so you don’t fall over lugging that overstuffed bag).

 

Photo credit: Barregroove.com

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Barre Groove - Bounce & Barre

Barre and trampolines? You heard us. This fun, full-body workout is a low-impact way to target your legs, core, and arms. Plus, you can improve your balance and coordination (so you don’t fall over lugging that overstuffed bag).

 

Photo credit: Barregroove.com

Exhale Back Bay - Flow Massage

After all these high-intensity workouts, you might need to relax and unwind with a Flow Massage. A deep tissue massage (minus the pain) this treatment will open your muscles, relieve tension, and boost your immune system—nice try, airplane germs.

 

Photo credit: @exhalespa on Instagram

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Exhale Back Bay - Flow Massage

After all these high-intensity workouts, you might need to relax and unwind with a Flow Massage. A deep tissue massage (minus the pain) this treatment will open your muscles, relieve tension, and boost your immune system—nice try, airplane germs.

 

Photo credit: @exhalespa on Instagram

Lululemon Newbury St - Yoga Strength and Stretch

End off your week with a feel-good yoga class that will improve strength and flexibility so you can go home feeling restored and ready to get back to the grind—and never miss a Monday.

 

Photo credit: Lululemon.com

 

Hint: Check out these in-flight skincare tips and healthy habits before you head out!

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Lululemon Newbury St - Yoga Strength and Stretch

End off your week with a feel-good yoga class that will improve strength and flexibility so you can go home feeling restored and ready to get back to the grind—and never miss a Monday.

 

Photo credit: Lululemon.com

 

Hint: Check out these in-flight skincare tips and healthy habits before you head out!

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!