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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 18, 2019 by Brittany Raine

10 Ways to Live a Little Greener

Beauty
Fitness
Yoga
Food
Drink
Power an eco-friendly practice.

Investing in a sustainable yoga mat was an immediate change I made to be more eco-friendly. My yoga mat is the foundation for my fitness routine and by investing in a mat that is not only good for me, but for the environment makes a huge difference all around. Brands like Manduka and Jade Yoga offer beautiful, high-performance nontoxic mats made out of sustainably harvested tree rubber. It’s a win-win for Mother Earth—and my workout. 
—Natalie, Manager | Project Management 

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Power an eco-friendly practice.

Investing in a sustainable yoga mat was an immediate change I made to be more eco-friendly. My yoga mat is the foundation for my fitness routine and by investing in a mat that is not only good for me, but for the environment makes a huge difference all around. Brands like Manduka and Jade Yoga offer beautiful, high-performance nontoxic mats made out of sustainably harvested tree rubber. It’s a win-win for Mother Earth—and my workout. 
—Natalie, Manager | Project Management 

Don't be afraid to eat ugly.

I use Imperfect Produce to get all my fresh fruit and veggies. It allows me to purchase produce that has imperfections (think “odd” shapes, extra leaves) which would have previously been thrown away and uneaten. They help to reduce food waste, which is really harming our planet. 
—Lauren, Product Manager

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Don't be afraid to eat ugly.

I use Imperfect Produce to get all my fresh fruit and veggies. It allows me to purchase produce that has imperfections (think “odd” shapes, extra leaves) which would have previously been thrown away and uneaten. They help to reduce food waste, which is really harming our planet. 
—Lauren, Product Manager

Educate yourself.

I recently read "The Uninhabitable Earth" by David Wallace-Wells. This book is mind-blowing and eye-opening. It paints a vivid picture of the all-encompassing consequences that will touch every part of our lives, not just our children's or grandchildren's lives. Highly recommend! 
—Ryan, Business Insights Analyst

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Educate yourself.

I recently read "The Uninhabitable Earth" by David Wallace-Wells. This book is mind-blowing and eye-opening. It paints a vivid picture of the all-encompassing consequences that will touch every part of our lives, not just our children's or grandchildren's lives. Highly recommend! 
—Ryan, Business Insights Analyst

Switch your beauty products.

I love all things makeup, but what I didn’t understand was how harmful my (now old) beauty routine was on the environment… and myself. Single-use plastic waste, animal testing, hundreds of chemicals—me being “beautiful” was detrimental to Mother Earth. At least California has the right idea by trying to ban toxic chemicals in makeup! I started reading my high-end labels, researching and purchasing organic and sustainable beauty products, like MILK Makeup, and started adopting easy, eco-friendly changes to my routine. I still look fierce, but I am not harming my body—or my planet. 
—Brittany, Team Lead | Content Marketing

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Switch your beauty products.

I love all things makeup, but what I didn’t understand was how harmful my (now old) beauty routine was on the environment… and myself. Single-use plastic waste, animal testing, hundreds of chemicals—me being “beautiful” was detrimental to Mother Earth. At least California has the right idea by trying to ban toxic chemicals in makeup! I started reading my high-end labels, researching and purchasing organic and sustainable beauty products, like MILK Makeup, and started adopting easy, eco-friendly changes to my routine. I still look fierce, but I am not harming my body—or my planet. 
—Brittany, Team Lead | Content Marketing

Recycle and reuse.

I try to avoid single-use plastics when I can. I purchased a fancy Tupperware FlatOut Container that I bring to restaurants to take home leftovers. I also prefer buying beverages (mainly beer) in aluminum cans instead of bottles. Cans don't shatter and are actually more economical to recycle.
—Barry, Software Engineer III

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Recycle and reuse.

I try to avoid single-use plastics when I can. I purchased a fancy Tupperware FlatOut Container that I bring to restaurants to take home leftovers. I also prefer buying beverages (mainly beer) in aluminum cans instead of bottles. Cans don't shatter and are actually more economical to recycle.
—Barry, Software Engineer III

Use what you've got.

It’s simple and straightforward, but the most eco-friendly thing to do is keep using whatever you already have!
—Megan, Lead Acquisition Program Manager 

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Use what you've got.

It’s simple and straightforward, but the most eco-friendly thing to do is keep using whatever you already have!
—Megan, Lead Acquisition Program Manager 

Commute consciously.

I try to take the train to work every day, and walk or ride a bike if I'm traveling a short distance and don’t have to carry anything heavy. It's good for both the Earth and my health. Planning your day around mass transit or human-powered transit is also a really fun way to get to know your city!
—Kyle, Senior Copywriter 

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Commute consciously.

I try to take the train to work every day, and walk or ride a bike if I'm traveling a short distance and don’t have to carry anything heavy. It's good for both the Earth and my health. Planning your day around mass transit or human-powered transit is also a really fun way to get to know your city!
—Kyle, Senior Copywriter 

Sunscreen smarter.

I’m a Hawaiian beach girl so whenever I’m at the ocean, I always make sure to use reef-safe sunscreen. Coral bleaching is a terrible epidemic happening across our planet, so anything we can do as humans to protect this vital part to our living ocean (Moana in Hawaiian) is important. Some of my favorite reef-safe brands include Raw Elements, Ao Organics, and Coola. If you want to learn more, Chasing Coral is a great resource for taking action and helping our beautiful oceans!  
—Keana, Lifecycle Program Manager 

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Sunscreen smarter.

I’m a Hawaiian beach girl so whenever I’m at the ocean, I always make sure to use reef-safe sunscreen. Coral bleaching is a terrible epidemic happening across our planet, so anything we can do as humans to protect this vital part to our living ocean (Moana in Hawaiian) is important. Some of my favorite reef-safe brands include Raw Elements, Ao Organics, and Coola. If you want to learn more, Chasing Coral is a great resource for taking action and helping our beautiful oceans!  
—Keana, Lifecycle Program Manager 

Bring your own bag.

When I make my Sunday afternoon trips to the grocery store, I always try to remember a reusable tote bag instead of buying or using a plastic bag. It's something small, but I've made a habit out of it—baby steps!
—Erica, Copywriter

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Bring your own bag.

When I make my Sunday afternoon trips to the grocery store, I always try to remember a reusable tote bag instead of buying or using a plastic bag. It's something small, but I've made a habit out of it—baby steps!
—Erica, Copywriter

Invest in your H2O (and your look).

This may seem like a no-brainer, but I always use a reusable water bottle. Replacing plastic water bottles can help reduce single-use plastic consumption worldwide. Brands like Hydro Flask and Swell have bottles that are long-lasting—and have cool designs. I also try to always support brands that are made from recyclable materials, especially when it comes to my clothes. Fast fashion companies, like H&M, have a detrimental effect on our environment, so I have chosen to shop more sustainably. Brands like Reformation and Girlfriend Collective offer super cute and stylish remanufactured clothes that are perfect for every occasion. 
—Devin, Consumer Marketing Communications Specialist


Whether you’re implementing small changes into your daily routine to help the environment or updating your wellness to be more eco-friendly, we encourage you to make every day a little bit greener! 

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Invest in your H2O (and your look).

This may seem like a no-brainer, but I always use a reusable water bottle. Replacing plastic water bottles can help reduce single-use plastic consumption worldwide. Brands like Hydro Flask and Swell have bottles that are long-lasting—and have cool designs. I also try to always support brands that are made from recyclable materials, especially when it comes to my clothes. Fast fashion companies, like H&M, have a detrimental effect on our environment, so I have chosen to shop more sustainably. Brands like Reformation and Girlfriend Collective offer super cute and stylish remanufactured clothes that are perfect for every occasion. 
—Devin, Consumer Marketing Communications Specialist


Whether you’re implementing small changes into your daily routine to help the environment or updating your wellness to be more eco-friendly, we encourage you to make every day a little bit greener! 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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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.

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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!