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Hot power yoga is a challenging practice—both physically from the heat of the room and mentally from the commitment, it takes to build strength and flexibility. If you’re interested in building a practice, here are five ways yoga has benefitted me, and as a teacher, I know hitting how your mat can help you, too.
1. You find the present moment.
Let’s say you’re in a half moon pose. You can try to hover the bottom hand and take the gaze up--that is being in the present moment. Suddenly you aren’t worried about the text from earlier today or the interview for tomorrow. When you experience moments of presence on the mat, it’s easier to start experiencing them off the mat as well.
2. Yoga reduces “noise.”
We tend to walk around with all of these ideas about ourselves that have been fed to us by others—and this chatter is in our heads all the time. The first 10 or 15 minutes of my yoga practice is noise, but after 15 minutes, things get quiet on my mat. I find that the same thing happens out in the world. Because of yoga, I recognize that the chatter goes on, and I know how to get still even if I’m sitting in a chair in my office.
3. You learn to push yourself safely.
Hot power yoga makes you stay in a room even when you’re uncomfortable and want to leave, giving you a safe environment to push your boundaries and grow. Plus, you’re constantly reaching for new poses and building strength, so you get regular reminders of the benefits of challenging yourself, helping you feel okay no matter what comes your way.
4. Your relationships get better.
As you build your practice, you’ll start start to understand who you are, making it easier for you to accept other people for who they are. This acceptance helps you show compassion for the people you love, strengthening your relationships.
5. You learn to relax.
We need to give ourselves special time to settle down daily. After all, we’re busy all the time, and we don’t know how to decompress. Yoga teaches you the tools you need to calm down and connect with yourself. A regular yoga practice helps you connect with who you are, how you really feel, and accept what life throws at you.
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!