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Ladies—who runs the world? No, it’s not just Beyonce, it’s all of us. It’s March (AKA Women’s History Month) and we’re celebrating all month long to shine a light upon all the badass women right here in our wellness community and their accomplishments. Did you know that before women had the whole month, the US recognized Women’s History Week—and before that, International Women’s Day.
Dedicated to appreciating and uplifting women in whatever way possible, International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over a century, and its missions, opportunities, supporters, and themes have continued to grow each year. This year’s theme? Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.
And at Mindbody, we want to use this time to highlight some inspiring ladies in the wellness industry. These women come from a variety of walks of life and represent inclusivity in the wellness space with their accomplishments. Their collective level of badassery is both indisputable and worth celebrating. But it's important to remember that this article recognizes just a fraction of the many women who have influenced our industry in significant ways. Seriously—if there’s anybody else you’d like us to include in this list, please let us know by filling out this form.
“Wellness to me is feeling good in my body,” says Heather C. White, founder of Boston’s TRILLFIT. “It's feeling connected to those around me. It's feeling seen and feeling supported.” It was a lack of that kind of support that led to her starting TRILLFIT in 2005. At the time, she was struck by the lack of diversity in the studios and gyms she’d been trying. She didn’t feel like she belonged and stopped going entirely.
For many people, that would be the end of the story. But Heather had a feeling other women of color were experiencing something similar. “That's how TRILLFIT was born.”
From growing a single studio into a women-powered franchise to inspiring other female entrepreneurs and developing a full-on fitness movement, here's everything you need to know about this awesome woman!
With her love for health, wellness, and sports, Rachael has made "vibration fitness” mainstream. So how did Rachael make science trendy and super sweat-worthy? We sat down with her to find out what powers her “vibe vision” on (and off) the Power Plate.
Alexis Pritchard knows what takes to be an innovator. As a member of the inaugural field of women boxers at the 2012 Olympics, she relied on a deep well of mental and physical toughness to unlock her potential. Now she and her husband, Cam, are teaching others those same skills from the Wreck Room, their boxing and group fitness gym in Auckland, New Zealand. Here’s what she had to say about her journey.
Y7 Studio is a community on a mission to make yoga more accessible and inclusive to all. “One family formed by sweat,” they welcome anyone and everyone willing to give it their all. We love this idea of embracing yoga, sweat, and each other with open arms, so we reached out to Sarah Larson Levey, founder of Y7, to share her story.
“In order to be successful in whatever you do, you must intentionally decide how you're going to show up in the world each day.” Now that’s some good advice. Here are some tips for going after your dreams.
“I had a platform to inspire, but I wanted more. I wanted a real supportive platform to create.” Here’s how an ex-Broadway dancer made her way to the studio.
A New Yorker with passion for partying, Erin struggled to find her thing when it came to her wellbeing. Not loving her lifestyle (or herself), Erin felt stuck, depressed, and in need of a change. Two years, one Mindbody app, and over 250 fitness classes later, it’s safe to say Erin has found something she loves—and changed her life for the better.
Great hair/makeup is more than the sum of its parts. “All of the key milestones of a woman’s life start with hair, makeup, and champagne,” says Leigh Dole, founder of BLOW BAR CO in Australia. “I wanted to create a space that recognized and celebrated these special moments.”
But the secret to BLOW BAR’s success is layering on that luxurious feel—think bubbly wine and cheese plates—while building a wellness brand where every woman feels welcome. Here’s what Leigh has to say about it.
That's all, female friends. Let’s keep celebrating all month long because we deserve it. As I mentioned earlier, we want this list to continue to grow—so don’t forget to tell us about the women who inspire you in the wellness space. And while you’re at it, why not take a fitness class at a woman-owned studio? There are tons of them available to you on the Mindbody app.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
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 self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.