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Published Sunday Feb 02, 2020 by Fitt

LA’s Best Fit & Active Events to Have on Your Radar in February

Fitness
Yoga
Meditation

Ready to test your limits in an outdoor HIIT class, try out a silent meditation, or down dog next to your pup? We've got all that and more in our latest roundup of LA health and fitness events that you don't want to miss.   

  

  

February 8: RUNGA 1.0  
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Take some time for yourself during this restorative, day-long wellness retreat. Going down at a picturesque home in Venice, you'll start the morning with coffee and a supplements bar before diving into a full schedule of curated activities, including yoga, meditation, and cold immersions, with a few surprises along the way. It all wraps up with a multi-course, all-organic dinner with your new friends. Sound like your kind of experience? Snag your ticket — spots are limited.  

  

February 9: Mt Hollywood Trail Run Hike 12K | 8K  
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Join your fellow runners for this scenic trail run complete with quintessential LA sights. You'll sweat it out on an 8k or 12k course through Griffith Park with views of downtown, the Observatory, and the Hollywood Sign to carry you through the muscle burn.  

  

February 9: Boxing & Barbells  

Olympic boxing coach and former fighter Cary Williams is teaching a 45-minute class at 2XU Century City, where you can truly train with the pros. Did we mention it's free as part of the store's Master Trainer series? See you at the heavy bag.   

  

February 11: OV Yoga x Modo Yoga LA West with Chelsea File  

In addition to the awesome benefits of a heated practice, this energizing flow at Modo Yoga West will end with one lucky yogi leaving with some sweet OV gear. If that's not a reason to get up for a morning workout, we don't know what is!  

  

February 16: SILENT TRAP YOGA & MEDITATION HOLLYWOOD  
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Head to Sweaty Equity Fitness for an immersive silent disco yoga session followed by a mindful meditation and wellness-focused discussion. Headsets are provided; all you have to do is bring your mat, water bottle, and a positive attitude. All levels welcome!  

 

February 16: Puppy Yoga on the Westside!  

Goat yoga was so last year. Now, it's all about puppy yoga! Head to Laughing Frog Yoga for a class filled with six or so puppies, as well as a few foster pups who are looking for a forever home. Come for the yoga, leave with a furry friend.  

  

February 18: Full Body HIIT & TRX Training  

Grab a workout buddy and sweat it out during this full-body circuit training class focused on building strength and endurance. Stick around after to refuel with a post-workout shake.   

  

February 22: Skybar Saturdays Morning Vinyasa Yoga with Alex Tacket  

Leave it on the mat during this sun-soaked, all-levels yoga class on the deck of Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles. Hang out post-sweat for brunch and mingling with your fellow yogis, plus the chance to shop your favorite fitness and wellness brands.  

  

February 22: Fit Girl Club LA x Sweat Yoga Little Tokyo    

The Fit Girl Club LA is at it again, this time, partnering with Sweat Yoga Little Tokyo to bring you a fun-filled afternoon of yoga and networking. Unroll your mat for an energizing flow, followed by complimentary healthy snacks and drinks, along with 20% off retail from Sweat, Vuori, Beyond Yoga, and Onzie.  

  

February 23: OV LA Joggers Club with Bluestone Lane  

If you enjoy working out and coffee, then join Outdoor Voices LA for a morning jogging club meetup in Venice. Start with a two-to-three-mile run, then head back to Bluestone Lane on Rose Ave. for a free cup of joe and half-priced avo toast.  

  

February 23: Fitbit Local HIIT & Flow   

Join the Fitbit Local team at Echo Park Lake for an all-levels bootcamp workout and followed by a rejuvenating yoga flow. Listen for the name of the giveaway winner of the free Fitbit (fingers crossed!) while drinking some coconut water post-sweat.  

  

March 1: LA Art Run  

Runstreet and Athleta LA are teaming up to bring us the first-ever LA Art Run. You'll sweat it out on a scenic, 5k course along the Venice Beach Boardwalk, pass by some of the area's well-known street art and murals, and make a few well-timed stops for photo ops. Hang out after for giveaways and a photo contest. 

 

About the author
Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.