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Are you ready to redefine your wellness routine in 2019? From B12 injections to personalized astrology and minimalist manicures, here’s what we’re talking about—and what we think will be BIG—when it comes to your well-being this new year.
Meet modern self-care.
Life moves fast (and 2019 isn’t about to slow down). So why should running from one wellness appointment to the next stress us out? This is the year when one-stop wellness shops start popping up everywhere. With super cool vibes and top-of-the-line treatments, businesses like Chillhouse in NYC make it their mission to serve up the best services that fit your busy schedule—all under one roof. Plus you can plug your laptop in!
Your practice is evolving.
The intentions you set and the way you flow can influence both your mind and mood—on and off the mat. In 2019, we are elevating our practice thanks to studios who are putting a new spin on an old routine. Think Downward-Facing Dog to beats by Drake or Chaturanga in cold yoga. This year, it’s all about making your yoga flow unforgettable… and fun! NY-based studio Y7 has created a cult following doing just that. With heated hip-hop, beat bumping, and candlelit yoga classes, it’s safe to say we can’t get enough of studios like Y7.
Getting your glow on is becoming a No. 1 priority.
Fill up your cup, because we are all about drinking collagen in 2019. With benefits that include healthier skin, hair, and nails, brands like Further Food and Vital Proteins are making it easy to add collagen and collagen peptides to everything—from your coffee to your post-workout smoothies. Plus, there’s no “yuck” factor.
"Collagen is one of the few supplements I take without fail every single day. Not only does it give me a protein boost, but it keeps my hair and nails healthy and makes my skin glow!" — Carissa Stanton [@broccyourbody] | Health, Fitness, Nutrition Guru
Show your nails you know what’s up.
While we are big fans of an extra glam mani, 2019 is proving to be all about the “less is more” theory. This new year, the key to stepping up your nail art is keeping it simple with negative space. It’s not a revolutionary idea, but we are loving the trend that features more nude and neutral colors with some killer designs. At our next appointment, it’s all about getting a little less crazy with the nail polish color and a little more adventurous with our designs. Our favorite for 2019? A clear polish with metallic lines, colored tips, words, or bold (glittery) texture. Nailed it.
Who said barre and Pilates are just for the ladies?
“Meet me at the ‘barre’” isn’t just a girls-only invite anymore. This new year, let’s hear it for the boys joining us for muscle-burning, low impact exercises classes. While many barre and Pilates classes normally seem to attract more females, men are starting to tap into the benefits—like improved balance—to support their traditional workout routine.
“Within the last eight months, I have enjoyed seeing more men experience the benefits of barre. Barre3 is a full-body balanced workout combining strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness, which is something so important for us all to embrace, not just women, and I have noticed more men are slowly discovering that, and are allowing themselves to become more balanced and empowered from within.” — Dustin Isom [@dustisom] | Barre3 Instructor
Keto is making high-fat foods a popular conversation.
From celebrities to athletes (even your coworker), the Ketogenic Diet became the food-worthy buzzword in 2018. Based on your body going into a state of ketosis—where you burn fat instead of carbs for fuel—this high-fat, low-carb diet brought “healthy” fats to the forefront. From snacking on avocados to adding MCT oil your coffee, a better understanding of high-fat foods (and adding them to your meal plan) is all the rage this new year.
“It’s exciting to hear talk about healthy fats since they are such an important part of our everyday diets and overall wellbeing. It’s also important to note that all fats aren’t created equal, trans fats, for example, raise our bad cholesterol levels and can damage or clog our arteries, and are best to be avoided. Avocados (no surprise) are one of my favorite healthy fats. One reason healthy fats are important is the high amount of omegas they encompass to support our nervous system and brain health, and the fact that healthy fats enable the absorption of certain vitamins into our bodies!” — Erica Fowler [@ericajanehealth] | Holistic Health Coach
Do you *really* know what you’re using?
What is “clean beauty” and what does it mean? In 2019, we are taking a better look at our beauty products and what we put on our bodies and faces. With big brands like Goop recently saying “no” to chemicals, U.S. beauty standards are now becoming a bigger part of the conversation for all levels of products, from the drug store to Sephora. Having a better understanding of where what we use comes from, what it contains, and how it is created and tested is a New Year’s resolution we are staying sustainably serious about.
Get ready to empower your mind, body, and soul.
Will Mercury Retrograde really effect my next workout? How does the moon or sun influence my astrology sign (and my emotions)? No more newspaper horoscopes here! This year, we are taking a deeper look at understanding ourselves through personalized astrology. Accessible astrologers and apps, like Co-Star, offer hyper-personalized horoscopes and birth chart readings. I mean, who doesn’t want a deeper understanding of themselves as we embark on a new year?
“A personal astrology reading provides a deep understanding of your life's journey. Each planetary placement in your birth chart (sign and house) and the aspects formed between them, create a unique signature that details your personality traits, relationships, and experiences. After a reading, you will have a greater awareness of self so that you may consciously navigate life with a sense of ease and empowerment.” Ashley Tracey [@ashleytracey_soul_centered] | Soul-Centered Astrologer
Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, oh my!
Getting all the good things into your body fast is becoming a thing. From B12 shots to enhance your energy levels to IV infusions that can boost your immune system (or cure a hangover), this go-to form of wellness is a *must* for our 2019 routine.
"I am always excited to test and experiment with new wellness offerings and Denver has so many to offer. My recent visit to the Hydrate IV Bar for the major boost of the Myers Cocktail Drip was amazing. You sit in a huge lounge chair, they hook you up to an IV, offer tea and water and you get hydrated and vitamins intravenously within the hour. Add a B12 shot for a mood boost and I took my wellness to the next level that day! Highly recommend it!” — Jacki Carr [@jackicarr] | Goal Coach + Co-Founder of Rock Your Bliss
This is the year of body-inclusivity and self-love.
We are all about self-love and body-inclusivity, and in 2019 we are celebrating this movement with gear that *actually* fits our needs… and curves! Fitness brands like Beyond Yoga and Superhero Fit are creating athletic clothing that truly works for everybody, at every fitness level. Accepting and loving our bodies is putting an exclamation point on positivity as we embark on a new year.
“The way we feel about our bodies, move our bodies, and talk about our bodies is such a part of our wellness journey. In the wellness industry, we can bring in the new year with more positivity on not only our bodies, but our whole selves!“ — Shanna Tyler [@shannatyler] | Entrepreneur | NYC Girlboss
Studios are bringing some serious, sweat-worthy swagger.
Sweating it out in the form of dance is at the top of our to-do list in 2019. With studios of all sizes turning up the bass and making their spaces extra Insta-worthy, they are doubling down on eclectic classes for all fitness levels—and even getting celebrity investors. Learn to shake it while making cardio-pumping, endorphin-boosting moves!
"I've fallen in love with dance fitness classes like 305 Fitness because I always leave dripping in sweat but with a huge smile on my face! Most other workouts—and even yoga practice—can be so serious, it's nice to change it up with cardio dance to let loose and have fun!" — Melanie Torres [@headstandsandheels] | Wellness Blogger
We’re focusing on feel-good basics and keeping it clean.
Simplicity is the name of the game as we head into the new year, and it’s quickly becoming an essential part of our wellness routine. Whether we are sipping on clean, plant-based protein from Après post-workout or sporting sustainable leggings made out of recycled water bottles from the Girlfriend Collective, doing our body and Mother Earth good is our mantra for 2019.
“We're big fans of plant-based protein over here at Après! Plant-protein is phenomenal for your body because it packs added vitamins and minerals (think glowy skin, stronger bones, and less inflammation) and is much easier on your stomach than your traditional whey protein. Aside from being great for your body, plant protein is also much better for the environment.” — Darby Jackson [@drinkapres] | Co-founder, Après
It’s all about finding time to reflect and reset.
Ready to try one (or all) of our 2019 Wellness Predictions? From discovering a meditation session near you to trying your first dance class or scheduling your next new year manicure, easily find and book any workout, wellness service or beauty appointment on the MINDBODY app and MINBODY.io.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.