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It’s officially fall and for those of us living in the U.S., that means cooler weather, the start of a new school year, and an even more consistent stream of work deadlines.
A time of thanksgiving, this is the season for celebrating the harvest and reconnecting with family and friends. It’s also a time to reap what we have “sown” as we indulge in the fruits of the previous months’ labor in our professional and personal lives.
Breathe into the frenzy of fall and practice this 10-pose sequence to reset your body and mind:
As the temperature drops, you’ll want to begin your practice by slowly building your internal heat.
Child’s pose prepares your body for asana practice by releasing tension in the lower back, creating a gentle bend in the spine, and reducing blood pressure.
This fun pose stretches the back torso and neck. It also provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs.
Move into downward dog to increase blood flow to the brain, stretch and strengthen the body, and pull on the spine for more space.
One of the most well-known yoga poses, Warrior I fires up the core while strengthening and stretching the thighs, calves, and ankles as well as the shoulders and back.
Plank pose is one of the ultimate core-exercising poses that will quickly get your internal temperature to rise, providing a sustained warmth that will sufficiently melt any remaining chill from your bones.
Next, focus on poses that build your inner strength and confidence to tackle any daunting tasks both on and off the yoga mat.
Build your core, shoulder, and leg strength with this pose. It also helps to create flexibility in the feet and increase your focus and determination—traits we can all use in our practice and daily life.
Not only does this pose look awesome, but it is a great way to strengthen the arms and shoulders as well as increase concentration.
Finally, release any pent-up frustrations from the previous months and start afresh with these three hip-opening and heart-opening poses. Believe it or not, the tightness we feel in our hips is the result of past emotional trauma. Traditional yogic philosophy holds that practicing these and other poses can help open up our chakras and release what no longer serves us.
While it’s not the most comfortable, Lizard Pose is one of the most beneficial when it comes to releasing tightness (a.k.a. stress) in the hips. Benefits of this pose include opening the hips, hamstrings, groin and hip flexors as well as strengthening the thighs and opening and releasing the chest, shoulders, and neck.
Pigeon reinforces the space created in Lizard Pose, training your hips to open and release tightness. Benefits of this pose include stretching the hips, thighs, and groin, as well as stimulating the abdominal organs.
A traditional “heart opener” pose, in yoga philosophy this pose releases energy from all the chakras of the body while reinforcing the back, shoulders, and legs.
No practice is complete without Corpse Pose, which seals in all the benefits of the sequence you just accomplished.
Although this pose looks simple, it requires complete relaxation of all the muscles in the body, relieving stress and slowing the heart rate to help your body absorb the benefits of the poses that came before.
Taking just 10 minutes out of your day to do these poses can make a world of a difference in your attitude—helping you to reset and take on the fall season with confidence!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!