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Wellness
Published Wednesday Jan 01, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Our Favorite Wellness Tips for a Better You in 2020 

Expert Advice
Meditation
Yoga
Acupuncture
Personal Growth

Whether it’s setting the alarm to work out in the morning, ditching negative body talk, or practicing yoga poses for a better night’s sleep, 2019 has been chock full of wellness tips. As the ball drops and we head into the new year, our resolution is to make 2020 the year of continuing to improve our wellness. Here’s a roundup of our favorite blog posts with expert tips and tricks on all things wellness!

8 Happiness Hacks That Actually Work  

Winter have you feeling bleh? Check out a few hacks (like adding a diffuser to your space or the power of a good hug) that will boost your mood and get you out of your seasonal slump.  

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8 Happiness Hacks That Actually Work  

Winter have you feeling bleh? Check out a few hacks (like adding a diffuser to your space or the power of a good hug) that will boost your mood and get you out of your seasonal slump.  

Rise and Sweat: Here’s Why You Should Exercise Early  

Need help morphing into a morning exerciser? Learn how to get up and enjoy a workout if you tend to hit the snooze button. 

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Rise and Sweat: Here’s Why You Should Exercise Early  

Need help morphing into a morning exerciser? Learn how to get up and enjoy a workout if you tend to hit the snooze button. 

How I Learned to Love My Appearance By Ditching Negative Talk  

Guilty of talking down to yourself? One of our own created a game with her roommates to help them ditch the negative self-talk. Read more on how to play for yourself!  

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How I Learned to Love My Appearance By Ditching Negative Talk  

Guilty of talking down to yourself? One of our own created a game with her roommates to help them ditch the negative self-talk. Read more on how to play for yourself!  

4 Tips on Finding (and Using) Natural Deodorant 

You’ve heard the buzz about natural deodorant, but are you ready to make the switch? Clean beauty and wellness expert Paula Hoss — founder of CLN&DIRTY Natural Skincare — gives us her guide to finding and using natural deodorants!  

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4 Tips on Finding (and Using) Natural Deodorant 

You’ve heard the buzz about natural deodorant, but are you ready to make the switch? Clean beauty and wellness expert Paula Hoss — founder of CLN&DIRTY Natural Skincare — gives us her guide to finding and using natural deodorants!  

5 Ways to Make Self-Care Work for You  

From meditation to moving your body, this lifestyle blogger (and expert in all things restorative) teaches us how to figure out what form of self-care works best for you.  

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5 Ways to Make Self-Care Work for You  

From meditation to moving your body, this lifestyle blogger (and expert in all things restorative) teaches us how to figure out what form of self-care works best for you.  

Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling  

Whether you’re tempted by the fast-food at each terminal or stressed out just looking at the long security lines, traveling takes a toll on your body. Here are a few tips to keep your healthy routine and have some fun while out of office!  

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Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling  

Whether you’re tempted by the fast-food at each terminal or stressed out just looking at the long security lines, traveling takes a toll on your body. Here are a few tips to keep your healthy routine and have some fun while out of office!  

4 Simple Strategies to De-Stress 

I don’t know about you, but we’re looking to wave goodbye to stress in 2020. To get started, read up on a few tips from Mooch and Mel — co-owners of Move with MM — on becoming better aligned and reducing stress. 

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4 Simple Strategies to De-Stress 

I don’t know about you, but we’re looking to wave goodbye to stress in 2020. To get started, read up on a few tips from Mooch and Mel — co-owners of Move with MM — on becoming better aligned and reducing stress. 

Tips From Fitness Instructors on How to Stay Grounded 

As we close in 2019, the end of the year energy can feel a little overwhelming. One of our favorite fitness and lifestyle bloggers chatted with some of the most grounded instructors in the wellness industry to get real-life tips on achieving a sense of balance in this busy season.  

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Tips From Fitness Instructors on How to Stay Grounded 

As we close in 2019, the end of the year energy can feel a little overwhelming. One of our favorite fitness and lifestyle bloggers chatted with some of the most grounded instructors in the wellness industry to get real-life tips on achieving a sense of balance in this busy season.  

How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body 

Interested in acupuncture? We got an acupuncturist to share insights on what the full experience is actually like and expert tips on how this ancient trend can benefit your body.  

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How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body 

Interested in acupuncture? We got an acupuncturist to share insights on what the full experience is actually like and expert tips on how this ancient trend can benefit your body.  

7 Ways to Decrease (and Prevent) Bloat Naturally  

There’s nothing fun about being uncomfortable. Check out these methods we’ve found that can help to decrease and prevent the dreaded bloat. 

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7 Ways to Decrease (and Prevent) Bloat Naturally  

There’s nothing fun about being uncomfortable. Check out these methods we’ve found that can help to decrease and prevent the dreaded bloat. 

4 Yoga Poses for a Better’s Night’s Sleep 

Let’s leave sleepless nights in 2019. This year, we are helping you battle insomnia and calm the nervous system with tips from an acupuncturist and yoga teacher. Get some rest; you deserve it.  

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4 Yoga Poses for a Better’s Night’s Sleep 

Let’s leave sleepless nights in 2019. This year, we are helping you battle insomnia and calm the nervous system with tips from an acupuncturist and yoga teacher. Get some rest; you deserve it.  

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 Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

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.

1. Go at your own pace

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!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

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!  

3. Nourish your body

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.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

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.

5. Bring the right equipment

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.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!