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As of publication of this article, it has been a full year since we were forced to re-vamp our workout routines to rolling out our mats at home instead of visiting our beloved yoga studio several times a week.
Throughout this time, we’ve seen our favorite studios get creative to continue to provide an exceptional wellness experience for their clients. Some studios have taken the route of going completely virtual to protect their communities while others have opted to hold socially distanced classes outdoors. And while some studios have reopened, the people have spoken: virtual is here to stay.
This is precisely why it’s the perfect time to try out Mindbody Flex—an online gym membership that allows you to take virtual classes anytime and anywhere.
Here are the actual benefits of signing up for Mindbody Flex:
Before COVID hit, our online options for working out at home were minimal—and dare I say—a tad bit boring. However, in this new wave of wellness, studios all over the world have adopted a hybrid business model and have made their classes available online to anyone who wants to break a sweat at home. With so many options, it’s now easier than ever to find a workout class that fits your schedule.
With Mindbody Flex, you can get up to 20 fitness classes per month to use virtually at different studios, all bookable right from your Mindbody account. Whether you want to fit in a calorie-torching HIIT class before work, energize your afternoons with a virtual barre class, or find your moment of Zen with an evening yoga class, you can pick and choose classes that cater to your lifestyle.
Aside from the occasional trip to the grocery store or a last-minute toilet paper run, this entire year has forced us all to isolate ourselves from the outside world. One of the things that helped me thrive during this time is by switching up my usual workout routine. Pre-COVID, you could find me at my favorite spin studio at least six days a week—but given our current circumstances (and the fact that my at-home spin bike’s handlebars are so wobbly that I’m scared to use it), I’ve been experimenting with new types of workout classes throughout the week.
Maybe you’ve seen my blog about trying out virtual Barre or my post about taking a virtual meditation class from the comfort of my living room. Needless to say, having the option of taking these different types of classes has kept life at home interesting and fun. Who knows what’s next? Maybe I’ll finally be brave enough to take that HIIT class my colleague Sara has been raving about.
While we’re on the topic of variety, Mindbody Flex also gives you the ability to take classes from different studios and teachers. I’m talking locally and not-so-locally. Have you been wanting to try that Vinyasa class at that uber-popular yoga studio that’s all the way across town? Well, now you can! Or maybe you’re just a small-town gal that wants to check out what the yoga scene is like in New York City—we got you. With a virtual membership, you can transport yourself to a studio in a location of your choice anytime, anywhere—literally.
And guess what? Some of your favorite fitness studios are already on Mindbody Flex including barre3, Class UFC Gym, exhale, WundaBar, The Dailey Method, Modo Yoga, Jabz Boxing, I Love Kickboxing, and more! Sign up to see who else is on Mindbody Flex.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned our day-to-day routines upside down—even our work schedules changed with folks now working from home instead of going into an office. On top of that, with the slew of lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus, childcare, work, and our fitness routines are all now happening in the same place. With so much going on at home at any given time, we're forced to get a sweat sesh in whatever little free time we have. That’s where bite-size fitness classes come into play. More and more fitness studios are hosting classes that last 30 minutes or less to help accommodate your busy schedule. If you’ve got a half-hour to spare, then Mindbody Flex has a class for you.
Another way Flex helps you fit in a workout? Instead of hopping into your car to drive to class, all you have to do is walk to your living room. Think about it—how many times have you missed a workout class because you couldn’t make it in time? I know I’m guilty of it. Maybe that 4pm meeting ran a little bit longer than you anticipated, or maybe you didn’t quite expect that traffic jam on your way to Pilates, or maybe you totally forgot to pack your yoga pants in your gym bag (whoops—also guilty). Since virtual classes take your commute (and potential wardrobe malfunctions) out of the mix, there’s nothing standing in your way of getting that workout in.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the toughest parts about sheltering-in-place is the lack of human interaction. One of the things I miss the most is the handful of friends I made from going to spin so often—the energy that camaraderie brought to the class is really what made that experience something I was willing to miss happy hour for. And that's saying a lot—my love of Rosé is well-documented on this blog.
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but it's safe to say that we probably all miss that community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. Enter the virtual workout buddy. Now, the folks you’re working out with aren’t just your neighbors. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world.
Last but certainly not least—the other great thing about online fitness memberships is you can get more bang for your buck. With three different tiers available for purchase in Mindbody Flex—you can choose from 5 classes for $39, 10 classes for $59, or 20 classes for $99—you could potentially spend less than $5 per class. At that price, you can keep heading into your favorite studios when you feel comfortable going back for in-person classes and add in some virtual on the side to keep things fresh. Even better? If you’re new to Mindbody Flex, you can try it for free for two weeks. So, what do you have to lose? Nothing—literally.
Now’s the time to experience Mindbody Flex so you can enjoy new live streaming workouts right from home, whenever is best for you.
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.