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Fitness
Published Tuesday Jan 08, 2019 by Brittany Raine

Beth Bedingfield: Transforming Your Fitness Routine

Pilates
Personal Growth

The first week of the new year is behind us. Do you already feel your fitness motivation slipping? Don’t panic! We chatted with Beth Bedingfield—owner of TransFORM Colorado—on her goals for 2019, trying new things, and committing to your overall health and wellness. 

 

What are your tips for getting back into fitness and finding the inspiration to work out?



My suggestion is always trying a bunch of different workouts and finding a method or modality that you like or enjoy. Some people will like HIIT, some cardio classes, some cycling. It's important to enjoy what you are doing, that will help get you in a routine. Find an instructor or a community you feel connected to. A lot of times a good instructor or people you meet within the studio is what will keep you coming back. I also say to book your classes in advance and commit to them. Most studios have cancellation policies. If you book in advance, this will hold you more accountable to show up, so you don't break the bank paying a fee. Once you start feeling the results of the workout, you’ll want to continue with the exercises.




 
How do fitness studios—like TransFORM Colorado—encourage relationships and work together to improve fitness and wellness? 



TransFORM Colorado

At TransFORM, we put a lot of emphasis on community. We want to create an atmosphere where people feel welcomed, included—a safe space where individuals do not feel judged. We do a lot of community events and giveaways as well as challenges to help keep people involved and engaged. The more people keep coming back to the studio, the more familiar faces they see, and the relationships they organically develop. First, they come for the workout, but why they stay is the community and experience. We believe not all fitness goals are physical. Not everyone comes to exercise to be in better shape, sometimes that is just the result. A lot of people come to decompress, get away from stressful careers, find organic self-confidence, meet friends and discover a place where they belong. Our job as instructors is to nurture those goals that focus on the mind, as well as the body. 





 
What advice do you have for someone trying the Lagree Fitness Method (or Pilates) for the first time?



Try it more than once! The first time can be intimidating. It's a new machine, with a group of people that may seem at first glance that they know what they are doing. Never get discouraged your first time. Everyone is in the same boat their first class; they're just trying to get through the best they can. It can feel very technical and move quickly at times. We always tell new people, don't get discouraged if your first experience feels overwhelming. It takes two to three classes to feel comfortable with the machine and movements.

 


What's the best thing for someone to do to keep their fitness goals alive in the new year?



TransFORM Colorado

Plan your workout schedule, and book your classes a week in advance. It will hold you accountable. If you are someone who likes going to work out with someone else, get a workout buddy and sign up together. Keep each other moving!

 
What’s your New Year’s intention for you and your studio?



My New Year’s Resolution is to slow down, sleep better and take more time for self-care. When you work in fitness, your whole job is so revolved around helping others take care of themselves and achieve their goals, that you sometimes forget to take care of you. 

TransFORM will be expanding in 2019 to our second location, with hopefully a third in the works as well! We are even adding yoga to our second location. It will be Colorado’s first music-driven yoga class!  I’m so excited to grow this amazing community we have created. We will continue to offer an inclusive, non-judgment safe space where people can come, let go, and have that 30-60 minutes entirely to themselves. Most of us don’t get enough "me" time during the day. When anyone walks through our door, we want TransFORM to be a space that— for the next hour—is all about them. 




Want to try something new this year? Book a class with Beth at TransFORM Colorado or find a cool studio near you on MINDBODY.io or the MINDBODY app

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.