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Wellness
Published Tuesday Jun 05, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

4 Books That Will Change Your Wellness Game

Personal Growth
Motivation

Are you looking for a little life pick-me-up? Whether you’re searching for that creative spark, needing extra motivation to reinvent your routine, or finding the courage to forge your own path, clear some space on your shelf for these four life-changing books the Mindbody San Diego office swears by. 

FOR THE FACT FINDERS

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling 


“Factfulness is mind-expanding, opinion-changing, and gratitude-enhancing at a time when we've never needed it more. I plan on reading this book once per year. It's that affecting.” 
- Ryan K., Data Analyst

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FOR THE FACT FINDERS

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling 


“Factfulness is mind-expanding, opinion-changing, and gratitude-enhancing at a time when we've never needed it more. I plan on reading this book once per year. It's that affecting.” 
- Ryan K., Data Analyst

FOR THE FANS OF TOUGH LOVE

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson 

“If you’re a little gun-shy to the more standard self-help guides, blogger Mark Manson is the life coach for you. Manson’s raw, honest voice shows us how to embrace our fears, confront those painful truths and find the courage we seek in life. It’s a seriously refreshing slap of real-talk with relatable humor. I highly recommend it.” 
- Erica A., Copywriter

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FOR THE FANS OF TOUGH LOVE

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson 

“If you’re a little gun-shy to the more standard self-help guides, blogger Mark Manson is the life coach for you. Manson’s raw, honest voice shows us how to embrace our fears, confront those painful truths and find the courage we seek in life. It’s a seriously refreshing slap of real-talk with relatable humor. I highly recommend it.” 
- Erica A., Copywriter

FOR ALL THE FEELS

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 

"’The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.’ This book changed my outlook on life and helped me see the world from a bigger perspective. You can't be afraid to try new things, and it's never too late to make your dream happen. There are so many life lessons that are beautiful and heartwarming within these pages, and I think everyone should be required to read this book.” 
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist 

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FOR ALL THE FEELS

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 

"’The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.’ This book changed my outlook on life and helped me see the world from a bigger perspective. You can't be afraid to try new things, and it's never too late to make your dream happen. There are so many life lessons that are beautiful and heartwarming within these pages, and I think everyone should be required to read this book.” 
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist 

FOR THE FREE SPIRIT 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

“This book helped me through hard times when it was difficult to find clarity. It really put life into perspective while giving me a sense of calm. It challenged me in every aspect of life: work, home, friends, family, you name it. It made me step out of my comfort zone by reminding me of the agreements—be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Everyone should read this book and practice its lessons!” 
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager

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FOR THE FREE SPIRIT 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

“This book helped me through hard times when it was difficult to find clarity. It really put life into perspective while giving me a sense of calm. It challenged me in every aspect of life: work, home, friends, family, you name it. It made me step out of my comfort zone by reminding me of the agreements—be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Everyone should read this book and practice its lessons!” 
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager

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 Thursday Jun 03, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Showing Your Pride: How to Support the LGBTQIA+ Community

Fitness

This June marks 52 years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots took place—a historical event that put the severe lack of LGBTQIA+ rights into the spotlight. Thanks to the efforts of activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we now have the privilege of celebrating June as Pride Month where members of this community can celebrate everything that makes them beautiful and unique.

At Mindbody, we've created an inclusive, uplifting, and welcoming workspace where all our team members feel valued and inspired to bring their best every day. Here’s what some of our employees said when we asked them what Pride means to them:

“Pride means choosing to be my authentic self, even when it’s hard.” — KT Ellis, Business Relationship Manager

“Pride is about acceptance, community, freedom, and love.” — Josh Pierce, Content Designer

“Pride is about celebrating how far we’ve come, demonstrating how far we’ve got left to go, and focusing on our similarities rather than our differences.” — Bobby Jones, Payments Specialist

“Pride is about celebrating the visibility and accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ people. It’s also about celebrating the diversity among LBGTQIA+ people.” — Robert Arambel Senior Technical Program Manager

As we have discussed before, inclusivity remains an important topic in the wellness industry. 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 LGBTQIA+ community that helps shape, grow, and provide access to wellness.

While Pride Month is a great time for fitness studios to show their support for the community, consistent support throughout the year is much more powerful. Being LGBTQIA+ inclusive is more than hanging up a rainbow flag—it's a consistent alignment with providing equal access for everyone. We’ve done some of the work for you and aggregated a number of awesome fitness studios you can find on the Mindbody app that are celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and creating inclusive spaces for all:

Kyle House Fitness – Chattanooga, TN 

Kyle House Fitness is Chattanooga’s premier fitness program offering group fitness classes and personal training with the best-certified instructors and trainers in the area. Located on Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, Kyle House Fitness is more than a gym, they pride themselves on building a welcoming and inclusive community. The owners of this gym, The Kyles, may sound familiar to you since they recently wrote a blog post for us on how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in the fitness space.

EVERYBODY— Los Angeles, CA 

EVERYBODY is “creating a radically inclusive culture for all bodies to move, strengthen, and heal.” Not only is their $66/month membership affordable, but they also offer 100% subsidized memberships to folks who are in dire financial hardship, which helps remove barriers for those who are marginalized and/or low-income. Aside from their standard program classes, they also offer affordable $8 drop-in classes—some of which are bilingual (Spanish/English). And, they have gender-neutral locker rooms, which is a staple for LGBTQIA+ inclusive spaces.

Pilates, Barre & Jams — Oakland, CA 

At Pilates, Barre & Jams, owner Teresa Ellis’ mission is “to make movement available and accessible to the people who have never felt comfortable walking into a status quo studio...” and we are here for it. As a Black queer femme and a former sex worker, Ellis witnessed first-hand what it feels like to be othered, which is exactly why she opened her Pilates studio in 2017—to create a safe space for all. Knowing that financial restraints should never be the reason someone can’t attend one of her classes, she even has a “pay-what-you-can" membership option so everyone can have access to her amazing Pilates classes.

Mark Fisher Fitness — New York, NY

At Mark Fisher Fitness, “making health and hotness fun and inclusive” is their mission. As a member of their Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams (yes, you read that right), they promise fast results with a money-back guarantee. It’s not just rainbows and unicorns at MFF—their bright and vibrant space is filled with friendly trainers who are fiercely committed to your results and growth. 

The Queer Gym — Oakland, CA 

This self-proclaimed “gym + safe space + house party” fosters a supportive community without the homophobia, transphobia, and body shaming. Since it’s important to them to reduce barriers for folks with body dysmorphia or gender dysphoria, you won’t find a single mirror in this gym. They take “gym buddies” to a whole new level by offering a monthly social calendar for members to connect online. With classes like “Oakland Booty” and “Tops ‘n Bottoms,” The Queer Gym promises lots of sweat, an encouraging environment, and a dang good time.

305 Fitness — Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Washington DC

At 305 Fitness, their mission is to empower people to love themselves harder and express themselves louder. Their passion stems from their core values of inclusivity, empowerment, self-improvement community responsibility. 305 exists to make fitness more inclusive, empowering, and fun. Movement is more than calorie counting or being the "best" in the room. Movement is about radical self-love, self-expression, and self-pride!

Compass Fitness — Denver, CO 

Compass Fitness is a journey for the body, mind, and soul. They encourage their members to find the best version of themselves. With classes like “Hustle & Flow,” “Buns & Guns,” and “HIIT & Run,” you know you’re in for a fun and powerful sweat sesh. On top of being a gym that embraces inclusivity and diversity, they donate all proceeds from their Pride gear to The Center on Colfax, the largest LGBTQIA+ community center in Colorado.

Yoga Box — San Diego, CA 

Yoga Box’s mission is to create a space where yoga is available to all. Their community of instructors, staff, and students creates a radically inclusive community of support and a place for people to connect to like-minded individuals. Through consistent, safe, and inspired classes designed to challenge, transform, and empower their students—both physically and mentally—this fitness studio is a safe and supported space to elevate your state.

While this is a great list to get you familiar with some fitness studios that support the LGBTQIA+ community, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep this list growing. If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a business we should be highlighting as well!

Wanna sweat it out? Explore more inclusive and empowering studios through the Mindbody app, where you can book everything from HIIT to hot yoga. If you’re looking for other ways to help support the LGBTQIA+ community, you can also donate to your local organizations or support national organizations like The Trevor Project or the Human Rights Campaign.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
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.