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While August 28th is just another day on the calendar for some, it represents a moment of great historical significance shared across generations of Black people in America. The colliding sequence of events that occurred through the years on August 28th may appear coincidental, but that makes them no less noteworthy or important. The date has historically brought both triumph and sadness for the African-American community and has transformed into what should be a day of remembrance not only for Black people, but for us all.
The date has historically brought both triumph and sadness for the African-American community and has transformed into what should be a day of remembrance not only for Black people, but for us all.
It was on this day in 1833 that the United Kingdom abolished slavery, prompting a trickle-like effect across many other countries and eventually the United States. In a horrific fluke of fate, on August 28th, 1955, a Black, fourteen-year-old boy named Emmet Till was murdered during a time of extreme racial tension and injustice in America.
The date became further destined for continual significance as the nation looked on while Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28th, 1963. Pivotal to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, King, Jr.’s historic oration still evokes an emotional response, inspiring us to make our country a better place for everyone, united not only in thought and ideas, but in our hearts.
Over the last two decades, August 28th again marked catastrophic devastation echoed by powerful change. On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane, destroying homes, leveling communities, taking lives, and displacing a significant population of Black people in New Orleans, Louisiana. Black Americans were and remain disproportionately affected by Hurricane Katrina, making up approximately two-thirds of evacuees from the area—their livelihoods, families, and homes literally washed away.
And yet, in what seemed to some a light at the end of the tunnel, on August 28th, 2008, then-senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination to become the first Black president of the United States of America. A collective smile came into focus on the faces of young, hopeful Black boys and girls, Black teens roiled by not knowing what to do “when they grow up,” and Black elders who never thought they would witness the day—someone who looked like them was months away from election to the most powerful position in America.
We must acknowledge that the 28th of August represents a pivotal date for Black Americans.
These iconic events remind us of humanity’s resilience, of the power of social and political action, and of the work we need to do as a country to ensure equality for those historically deprived of it.
These iconic events remind us of humanity’s resilience, of the power of social and political action, and of the work we need to do as a country to ensure equality for those historically deprived of it. Mindbody recognizes this day because it impacts not only members of our team but also our customers and consumers. Together, we are on a journey of learning and sharing the stories that have shaped us as a society. Understanding the impact of this day on our past positions us to be better and stronger for whatever challenges our unity next. This year, as we commemorate August 28th, let’s hope that it brings wellness, love, and a unified recognition of the lived experiences of our Black family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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