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When it comes to our favorite weekend plans, getting a good sweat session in is always part of the agenda. But then again, so is brunch. It’s a San Fransisco staple. No matter the neighborhood, there’s always an awesome fitness class (and food spot) to feed your routine.
Whether you’re gathering the girls for self-care Saturday or looking to treat yourself to a new workout and tasty meal that won’t leave you feeling too guilty, here are our five must-try fitness studios and go-to brunch spots that are only a few blocks away.
Love Story Yoga + Loló
Neighborhood: The Mission
Full of soul, sophistication, and community, Love Story Yoga is everything we want (and love) when it comes to where and how we practice. Located on Valencia Street in the Mission, this beautiful and spacious studio is a trendy hotspot—literally. While you can score a great deal on a class at Love Story, we recommend booking ahead and bringing an extra towel because it gets *really* warm. After your flow, cool down as you wander a few blocks to Loló. With a Mexican-influenced cuisine, their colorful weekend brunch menu is on point. Our must-try? The crisp and cool kale salad.
Salt Fitness + The Grind Café
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
The name of this beautiful studio might imply you’re going to sweat—and that’s the truth. Offering a variety of the hottest HIIT group fitness classes, your muscles will definitely feel the burn at this go-to spot in Haight. If you’re looking to try something new that will kick your wellness routine up a notch, we suggest signing up for Barre Fight. This 60-minute full-body class is all about dynamic flexibility by fusing the benefits of kickboxing with barre. After you work those muscles, stretch it out and stroll over to The Grind Café where you can snack on local eats by neighborhood vendors.
MNTSTUDIO + Marlowe
A class at this chic Pilates studio is guaranteed to make your muscles shake, but in the most Instagramable workout space ever. Sweat it out with a low-impact workout that challenges all fitness levels. Instructors will have you focus on small, sculpting movements so you make the most of your Reformer machine. After class, your body will feel re-energized and renewed, just in time to walk through SoMa. A hip feast at Marlowe is the perfect compliment to your MNTStudio sweat session. Though SoMa gets a little quieter on the weekends, this restaurant is *always* crowded for Sunday brunch and lunch. We should add that no meal is complete without a Warm Deviled Egg.
Basecamp Studio + Blue Barn Gourmet
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
6 min walk
All you need is 35-minutes, and you’ll get a heart-pumping workout session at Basecamp Fitness. With a variety of HIIT classes that feature elements of balance, endurance, and strength, you’ll keep your body guessing with Basecamp’s super fun (and oh-so sweaty) workouts that not only better your body, but your mind as well. After rinsing off in their showers, make your way to Blue Barn Gourmet. A casual neighborhood staple, find a spot at the counter and order a fresh salad or pressed sandwich. Yum. Plus, you can add a variety of proteins to any salad so you won’t go home hungry after killing at Basecamp.
VRV3 Studios + Park Tavern
Neighborhood: Russian Hill/North Beach
Looking for a new workout that will boost your confidence—and strength? It’s time to make moves at VRV3. A welcoming studio that teaches everything from pole work to yoga and floor movements, you’ll learn to sweat it out in a positive space. With classes that focus on attaining better balance to choreographed movement, friendly instructors will help you tap into your best self. Following your workout, get a little extra fancy, grab the girls and make your way to Park Tavern. With an atmosphere of understated excellence, Park Tavern serves creative seasonal eats in a stylish space. May we suggest starting your meal with a Bellini and avocado toast? Count us in!
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.