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Working on perfecting your at-home workout routine? Trying to take your yoga practice to the living room? Want to find a new mat and support local yoga studios from home? We interviewed SACRED yoga founder, Erica Simone, to get the inside scoop on the brand, wellness, and why SACRED yoga mats stand out among the rest.
SACRED is pulling the (yoga) mat out from under the industry. Because a basic search will likely lead many to believe that all yogis are young, physically fit, devastatingly good-looking, and well, white. Trust us, yoga doesn’t care if you look good in tight pants or if your outfit is cute. Yoga doesn’t care where you come from, what you look like, or how much money you make. Yoga isn’t about being flexible or being able to hold fancy poses. And you don’t need to take a ton of time out of your day—let alone be a skilled practitioner—to reap its amazing benefits.
SACRED’s mission is to create beautiful quality products, empower everybody to practice yoga, and to feel damn good about it. Our yoga mats are made with extreme grip, central alignment, eco-friendly natural rubber, reversible sides, and high vibration design. They’re extra long and wide, firm and comfortable, super durable, and very easy to clean.
Our PRO line is our most popular yoga mat because it offers all the best features you could want from a yoga mat, including being extra long and wide (26.7" x 72") and with thicker material (5mm). The CORE line is the same mat, buts a little smaller and thinner (24" x 70" / 3mm thick).
I designed the central logo, which was a symbol I 'channeled' a few years ago in one of my automatic drawing meditations. I often get geometric downloads that have some sort of cosmic connection and this one particularly evokes 11 elements (which can be read on the website), but essentially love and the all-seeing Universal mind.
Wellness is that sweet spot where health and happiness hold hands. It's making positive decisions and taking daily steps to giving your mind, body, and soul a warm hug in whatever you can. Whether it's focusing on keeping a healthy diet, exercising, practicing meditation, or even volunteering in your local community—whatever you need to do to keep your total being balanced.
I believe wellness is cultivated by self-love. The more you care for yourself and take all the steps in your daily life to self-nurture, the better you will feel and be able to show up in society for others. One of the major sources of disease is stress, which we can easily reduce by practicing a variety of wellness methods, including with yoga and meditation. By truly honoring your practices and deeming them sacred in whichever way you choose, you are activating a stronger connection with your inner self and therefore cultivating a greater sense of wellness.
How do you personally practice wellness? (taking time for yourself, etc.)
These days I take daily walks on the beach, hiking in nature, yoga, meditation, eating very healthy, not drinking, being creative, making art, and watching documentaries or taking online courses.
SACRED yoga mats provide a safe space to practice, physically and ethereally. Our mats are dual-sided and made with advanced grip materials, giving yogis great stability. All our yoga mats come with a central line, greatly helping with form and balance. Our PRO line is extra long and wide, providing ample space to practice. The central design is a cosmic activation, bringing loving and harmonious energy to your practice. SACRED mats are designed to offer yogis a full experience, where they can connect with themselves and practice seamlessly, not having to worry about slipping and sliding or having any stress whatsoever over their mats.
What trends and evolutions in the wellness space should we be aware of?
People becoming nicer and more loving :)
We work with yoga-related charities around the world, helping provide yoga mats to underserved communities.
Soon we will be releasing a fancy travel mat... I can't divulge too much, but stay tuned. It's going to be amazing!
Want to order one? Visit Sacredyogashop.com.
Ready to take it for a spin? Check out virtual classes on Mindbody and start flowing!
This June marks 52 years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots took place—a historical event that put the severe lack of LGBTQIA+ rights into the spotlight. Thanks to the efforts of activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we now have the privilege of celebrating June as Pride Month where members of this community can celebrate everything that makes them beautiful and unique.
At Mindbody, we've created an inclusive, uplifting, and welcoming workspace where all our team members feel valued and inspired to bring their best every day. Here’s what some of our employees said when we asked them what Pride means to them:
“Pride means choosing to be my authentic self, even when it’s hard.” — KT Ellis, Business Relationship Manager
“Pride is about acceptance, community, freedom, and love.” — Josh Pierce, Content Designer
“Pride is about celebrating how far we’ve come, demonstrating how far we’ve got left to go, and focusing on our similarities rather than our differences.” — Bobby Jones, Payments Specialist
“Pride is about celebrating the visibility and accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ people. It’s also about celebrating the diversity among LBGTQIA+ people.” — Robert Arambel Senior Technical Program Manager
As we have discussed before, inclusivity remains an important topic in the wellness industry. 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 LGBTQIA+ community that helps shape, grow, and provide access to wellness.
While Pride Month is a great time for fitness studios to show their support for the community, consistent support throughout the year is much more powerful. Being LGBTQIA+ inclusive is more than hanging up a rainbow flag—it's a consistent alignment with providing equal access for everyone. We’ve done some of the work for you and aggregated a number of awesome fitness studios you can find on the Mindbody app that are celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and creating inclusive spaces for all:
Kyle House Fitness is Chattanooga’s premier fitness program offering group fitness classes and personal training with the best-certified instructors and trainers in the area. Located on Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, Kyle House Fitness is more than a gym, they pride themselves on building a welcoming and inclusive community. The owners of this gym, The Kyles, may sound familiar to you since they recently wrote a blog post for us on how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in the fitness space.
EVERYBODY is “creating a radically inclusive culture for all bodies to move, strengthen, and heal.” Not only is their $66/month membership affordable, but they also offer 100% subsidized memberships to folks who are in dire financial hardship, which helps remove barriers for those who are marginalized and/or low-income. Aside from their standard program classes, they also offer affordable $8 drop-in classes—some of which are bilingual (Spanish/English). And, they have gender-neutral locker rooms, which is a staple for LGBTQIA+ inclusive spaces.
At Pilates, Barre & Jams, owner Teresa Ellis’ mission is “to make movement available and accessible to the people who have never felt comfortable walking into a status quo studio...” and we are here for it. As a Black queer femme and a former sex worker, Ellis witnessed first-hand what it feels like to be othered, which is exactly why she opened her Pilates studio in 2017—to create a safe space for all. Knowing that financial restraints should never be the reason someone can’t attend one of her classes, she even has a “pay-what-you-can" membership option so everyone can have access to her amazing Pilates classes.
At Mark Fisher Fitness, “making health and hotness fun and inclusive” is their mission. As a member of their Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams (yes, you read that right), they promise fast results with a money-back guarantee. It’s not just rainbows and unicorns at MFF—their bright and vibrant space is filled with friendly trainers who are fiercely committed to your results and growth.
This self-proclaimed “gym + safe space + house party” fosters a supportive community without the homophobia, transphobia, and body shaming. Since it’s important to them to reduce barriers for folks with body dysmorphia or gender dysphoria, you won’t find a single mirror in this gym. They take “gym buddies” to a whole new level by offering a monthly social calendar for members to connect online. With classes like “Oakland Booty” and “Tops ‘n Bottoms,” The Queer Gym promises lots of sweat, an encouraging environment, and a dang good time.
At 305 Fitness, their mission is to empower people to love themselves harder and express themselves louder. Their passion stems from their core values of inclusivity, empowerment, self-improvement community responsibility. 305 exists to make fitness more inclusive, empowering, and fun. Movement is more than calorie counting or being the "best" in the room. Movement is about radical self-love, self-expression, and self-pride!
Compass Fitness is a journey for the body, mind, and soul. They encourage their members to find the best version of themselves. With classes like “Hustle & Flow,” “Buns & Guns,” and “HIIT & Run,” you know you’re in for a fun and powerful sweat sesh. On top of being a gym that embraces inclusivity and diversity, they donate all proceeds from their Pride gear to The Center on Colfax, the largest LGBTQIA+ community center in Colorado.
Yoga Box’s mission is to create a space where yoga is available to all. Their community of instructors, staff, and students creates a radically inclusive community of support and a place for people to connect to like-minded individuals. Through consistent, safe, and inspired classes designed to challenge, transform, and empower their students—both physically and mentally—this fitness studio is a safe and supported space to elevate your state.
While this is a great list to get you familiar with some fitness studios that support the LGBTQIA+ community, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep this list growing. If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a business we should be highlighting as well!
Wanna sweat it out? Explore more inclusive and empowering studios through the Mindbody app, where you can book everything from HIIT to hot yoga. If you’re looking for other ways to help support the LGBTQIA+ community, you can also donate to your local organizations or support national organizations like The Trevor Project or the Human Rights Campaign.