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Local
Published Friday Nov 15, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

ICYMI: A Recap on Boston’s Best of Wellness Event

Fitness
Beauty
Meditation
Recovery
Dance

If you’re an L.A. local, you remember our first Best of Wellness event at the AllBright West Hollywood. We loved it so much we decided to bring it to Boston! 

On a cold Boston night, Erin Foster and 200 attendees warmed up at the Artists For Humanity Art Gallery for an evening of all things wellness! After Eliza Shirazi kicked off the event with a sweat-worthy workout, attendees recovered with services by BDY SQD, organic skincare treatments from Balans Organic Spa, and reiki, tarot readings, and group meditation care from UNION

In case you missed it, here’s what we’re (still) talking about from the event – and our favorite moments! 
 

Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

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Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

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It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

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Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

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We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
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.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!