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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.
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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