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Get a Scary Good Workout at These 5 Denver Studios
Local
Published Thursday Oct 11, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

Are You Ready for a Scary Good Workout?

Fitness
Yoga
Bootcamp
Dance

From creepy costumes to pumpkin patches, Halloween is a hauntingly good time. When you’re feeling sugared out from all that candy corn, sweat off those spooky treats with a killer workout at these four studios that will make your muscles scream.  

 

Pearl Street Fitness

PEARL STREET FITNESS

Neighborhood: Wash Park 
Why We Love It: A bootcamp-style workout, this community-driven studio packs a ton of different fitness methods (kettlebells, free weights, TRX) into one space. Priding themselves on developing strong, confident members, you’ll get personal attention with smaller classes of around 10-15 people. 

 

woman stretching in gym

FIERCE45

Neighborhood: Hilltop, LoHi 
Why We Love It: Representing Lagree Fitness in the Denver area, Fierce45 is all about high intensity and low impact. A full-body workout in 45 minutes, this calorie slayer (500-800 per class) combines balance, cardio, and flexibility on a unique resistance machine. There are even chalkboards by your machine so you can write down your intention before class! 

 

The River Yoga

THE RIVER 

Neighborhood: Golden Triangle 
Why We Love It: A beautiful, welcoming space, The River is all about creating the best experience for every body. If you want high-energy mixed with vinyasa yoga, book our favorite class, “Align & Burn: Yoga Bootcamp.” You’ll get a perfectly balanced cross-training workout, using dumbbells, bodyweight exercises, and cardio bursts—all while on your yoga mat! 

 

Woman doing dance move in gym

DANCE2B

Neighborhood: LoDo 
Why We Love It: At this fun, unique studio you’ll never miss a chance to dance. From Cardio Dance Funk to Hip Hop Groove or Simply Tap 101, brush up on your moves in a welcoming space that focuses on self-expression while sweatin’ it out. Our pick? Dance Video Moves, a hip-hop style class inspired by the best YouTube dancers from Los Angeles to New York and Tokyo. Show off your swagger—you might even become a viral sensation yourself! 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

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.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

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:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

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:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish 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:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

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. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar