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Somewhere between rebranding her studio, teaching classes, and enjoying a good glass of Cabernet, Ashley Yandle has become much more than just a business owner. Yes, running Studio Lifted (formerly Ashley Lane Fitness) is her number one priority, but as a motivating force to her crew—also known as her family—an inspiration to her students, and an advocate for her community, she represents something greater: what a woman can achieve when she embraces evolution and puts her mind (and yoga pants) to it.
Continually hands-on in the fitness and wellness space, Ashley has her finger on the pulse of the industry. “It’s becoming integrated into everyone’s lives. Fitness has found a new and exciting way to break into all these different types of industries and businesses,” she says. “Fitness is more fun now than ever.”
As we embark on a new year with new goals, we sat down with Ashley to discuss her real-life lessons and tips on how we can stay honest to our intentions and take 2018 to the next level.
1. Make It a Social Thing
OK, we like friends!
“Fitness is evolving into something even more social,” says Ashley. “Classes are replacing happy hour. Attend fitness events. Group classes. And bring a friend. By integrating these types of socially-based fitness experiences, you will be more likely to stick to your goals and have a good time while doing it!”
2. Map It Out
Be a goal getter.
“The key to a lifestyle change is to have a plan. Create a roadmap. The map should illustrate attainable goals. Having goals in your roadmap is the best thing you can do when trying something new or conquering something you failed at,” says Ashley. “Who wants to fail for a whole month? Make it about small wins. Weekly wins. Daily wins. Your roadmap should show something that is attainable in a short period of time, giving you measurable victories. And it’s really important to give yourself a non-food related reward for hitting those victories—like new fitness gear.”
3. All About Accountability
Get a buddy.
“When you are setting goals, find someone who is serious about doing it with you. An accountability partner. Figure out what you both want,” says Ashley. “By setting smart goals you can hold yourself—and your partner—accountable and make it past February!”
4. Define What You Want
You’ve got this!
“When you are trying to task yourself with a huge goal, like ‘I’m going to get healthy,’ that’s really big. It can seem daunting and impossible,” says Ashley. “What does ‘healthy’ mean? Eight hours of sleep? Run a five-minute mile? For every person it’s different. You need to define what your goal means to you and how you want to achieve it through small, realistic steps that you can be held accountable for.”
5. It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect
“When you set this unrealistic expectation around the idea of perfect and hitting these ‘perfect’ goals, it can lead to defeat,” says Ashley. “Personally, it’s hard for me not to do things perfectly. I had to learn to let other people help me.
6. Remember to Start Small
Personal attention can get you moving.
“Starting at a small studio is key. If you have never tried something or are beginning something new, getting proper attention is important,” says Ashley. “There a many ways you can try different studios and book individual classes to see if it’s the right fit for you. And remember to ask the studio for help! Call ahead or come in early before class.We (studio staff and owners) want to make sure you enjoy your experience, so you are comfortable. Going to a new studio or walking into a new class can be awkward, and we want to lessen that feeling for you.”
7. Sometimes You Need a Total Restart
It’s not always easy to press the reset button.
“Ashley Lane Fitness was me. But the studio became its own thing. It became bigger than me. I had to reflect on that. That’s when Studio Lifted was born out of a collective effort. I not only rebranded my business... I did a rebrand on myself,” says Ashley. “When you decide to do a rebrand, a restart, it’s a huge step and a truly humbling experience because you put your whole heart into what you are changing—whether it’s yourself or something greater. It’s a total re-do. Prepare to regroup numerous times. You must feel confident. It’s hard work, but you’ll feel liberated and excited!”
8. The Good Stuff Takes Time
Big things don’t happen overnight.
“Whatever you are working for and on can be a daily struggle. A daily give and take. It takes patience,” says Ashley. “Trial and error is part of hitting your goals. You’ll have to adjust, remember that. Regrouping doesn't mean failure. But when you achieve what you are striving for, it’s the most rewarding experience.”
9. It’s a Balancing Act
Real talk: what about those guilty pleasures?
“It’s OK to have guilty pleasures! In moderation of course,” says Ashley. “I am a huge wine fan. Workout then wine. We’ll go for a hike and meet up for wine. It’s all about balance. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great meal, but a very nice Cabernet is my go-to.”
10. Making a Mantra
Everyone needs a theme song, right?
“'Take a breath and enjoy the moment’ is my mantra for 2018,” says Ashley. “My playlist? It’s all about that Taylor Swift and Tom Petty. And my hashtag? #makingithappen.”
...we can get behind that.
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.