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Wellness
Published Tuesday May 14, 2019 by Jacki Carr

The Power of the Unplug: 6 Ways to Disconnect in Denver

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Meditation
Yoga

We are living in a digital world with information at our fingertips. Notifications and communications arriving by the second—making it increasingly harder to hit the power button (let alone airplane mode). I am a firm believer in a digital detox to keep my brain fresh, my thoughts comparison-free, and my body fully present. As I finish the final chapter in ‘How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life’ by Catherine Prince, one quote really resonated with me:

“Breaking up with your phone means giving yourself the space, freedom, and tools necessary to create a new, long-term relationship with it, one that keeps what you love about your phone and gets rid of what you don’t.” 

But where does one start? I began thinking of my favorite places where I literally cannot (and do not want) my phone: on a mountain climber, out in nature hiking, on the yoga mat. These are the spaces I can explore my own digital detox and connect deeper into my mind and body. 

In Denver, escaping technology can be easier than it sounds. From a new workout class to the great outdoors, here are my seven favorite ways to disconnect:

Meet me IRL at the barre.

I love a slice of humble pie while my inner thighs perform tiny repeated movements and my muscles—that barely get any love in my real life seated in front of a computer composing emails and coaching clients—get that feel-good shake, shake, shake feeling in a barre3 class. With four locations in Denver— Cherry Creek, Highlands, Highlands Ranch, and Belleview Stations—it’s easy to find a class where you can forget your 5,452 emails!

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Meet me IRL at the barre.

I love a slice of humble pie while my inner thighs perform tiny repeated movements and my muscles—that barely get any love in my real life seated in front of a computer composing emails and coaching clients—get that feel-good shake, shake, shake feeling in a barre3 class. With four locations in Denver— Cherry Creek, Highlands, Highlands Ranch, and Belleview Stations—it’s easy to find a class where you can forget your 5,452 emails!

Play at the park.

A far out favorite in the city, Wash Park is the place to experience nature in the city. Not only is the park a lush 155 acres with two lakes, but it also has a 2.6-mile run and bike path, ten tennis courts, two flower gardens, and volleyball nets. When the city feels, well, city-ish and the day gets screen-heavy, pop over to the park for a run, walk, pack a picnic or just get barefoot and feel the grass while reading a book!

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Play at the park.

A far out favorite in the city, Wash Park is the place to experience nature in the city. Not only is the park a lush 155 acres with two lakes, but it also has a 2.6-mile run and bike path, ten tennis courts, two flower gardens, and volleyball nets. When the city feels, well, city-ish and the day gets screen-heavy, pop over to the park for a run, walk, pack a picnic or just get barefoot and feel the grass while reading a book!

Take me to The River.

One of my favorite studios to make shapes and find my breath on the mat is The River Yoga. Most classes are heated—not necessarily phone-friendly. With a dynamic offering of teachers, classes for the kiddos, and even daycare during certain times of day, this beautiful studio space provides calm in my busy schedule—especially when my breath is interrupted during a frenzy of notifications. Good news! They have two locations - one in Golden Triangle and another in Five Points.

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Take me to The River.

One of my favorite studios to make shapes and find my breath on the mat is The River Yoga. Most classes are heated—not necessarily phone-friendly. With a dynamic offering of teachers, classes for the kiddos, and even daycare during certain times of day, this beautiful studio space provides calm in my busy schedule—especially when my breath is interrupted during a frenzy of notifications. Good news! They have two locations - one in Golden Triangle and another in Five Points.

Climb a mountain—indoors.

Feeling the hike but don’t have the time to trek to the mountains today? Don’t give up on your goal! TRANSFORM Colorado hosts a 30-minute class called Climbing on Versa Climber machines. We’re talkin’ about an awesome playlist, climb sequences to the beat, a lot (I mean A LOT) of sweat, hands, and legs moving at all times and intervals to keep you at a high intensity. Pack your phone; I dare you.

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Climb a mountain—indoors.

Feeling the hike but don’t have the time to trek to the mountains today? Don’t give up on your goal! TRANSFORM Colorado hosts a 30-minute class called Climbing on Versa Climber machines. We’re talkin’ about an awesome playlist, climb sequences to the beat, a lot (I mean A LOT) of sweat, hands, and legs moving at all times and intervals to keep you at a high intensity. Pack your phone; I dare you.

Take a hike.

There comes a point in everyone’s week when screen time is at an all-time high. That means you need to hit the road and take a hike. The Flatirons of Boulder are breathtaking— like one of those ‘I cannot believe I actually live here’ moments. Grab your GPS and head to Mt. Sanitas for a 3.2-mile loop packed with wildflowers and nature-style staircases. Be ready to sweat as this hike is not easy, especially when you add that altitude, but it’s totally worth it. I suggest going early as this is a favorite and often crowded! Always remember to pack water and leave your phone in the car.

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Take a hike.

There comes a point in everyone’s week when screen time is at an all-time high. That means you need to hit the road and take a hike. The Flatirons of Boulder are breathtaking— like one of those ‘I cannot believe I actually live here’ moments. Grab your GPS and head to Mt. Sanitas for a 3.2-mile loop packed with wildflowers and nature-style staircases. Be ready to sweat as this hike is not easy, especially when you add that altitude, but it’s totally worth it. I suggest going early as this is a favorite and often crowded! Always remember to pack water and leave your phone in the car.

Breathe in Boulder.

Post-hike, stick around Boulder to grab lunch then sweat it out at a sweet afternoon flow at Amana Yoga. There is a daily 4 pm Happy Hour YIN class at this beautiful studio during the week or a 4:15 pm YIN on the weekends that we highly recommend after that Sanitas hike to recover and rest. The yin of yoga to the yang of the hike is all about balance.

Speaking of balance, it is a gentle practice to explore time on your phone and get into your real life off the phone. Practice, and we will see you out there. Get your sweat on without your phone by booking your favorite workout ahead of time on the Mindbody app or Mindbody.io

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Breathe in Boulder.

Post-hike, stick around Boulder to grab lunch then sweat it out at a sweet afternoon flow at Amana Yoga. There is a daily 4 pm Happy Hour YIN class at this beautiful studio during the week or a 4:15 pm YIN on the weekends that we highly recommend after that Sanitas hike to recover and rest. The yin of yoga to the yang of the hike is all about balance.

Speaking of balance, it is a gentle practice to explore time on your phone and get into your real life off the phone. Practice, and we will see you out there. Get your sweat on without your phone by booking your favorite workout ahead of time on the Mindbody app or Mindbody.io

Jacki Carr
Written by
Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

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Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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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.