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I’ve been a fitness enthusiast for four years now, and I’ve tried my fair share of athleisure. Trust me, I have certain non-negotiables when it comes to activewear—and I’m sure you’ll agree:
1. No see-through (or sweaty crotch marks) during my workout.
2. No rolling down or slippage on my leggings when I do squats.
3. And I must be comfortable!
Before rounding up some of my favorite activewear lines, I have to say: sometimes, trying on new clothes can give people anxiety. You may have to size up or down depending on the fit. When you try on any of these brands, pay attention to what the fit feels like and remember the following questions: How do the clothes make you feel? Is the fabric comfortable? Do you feel supported in all of the right areas?
What’s not important is the size on the label. Sizes vary from brand-to-brand, and what’s printed on a little tag should not dictate how you feel. Your worth is not measured by a number; it is measured by the quality of person that you are: confident, kind, and resilient!
Now that we got the size stigma out of the way, here are a few of my favorite brands:
Sweaty Betty: If you are looking for compression, the Zero Gravity leggings are the way to go. They hold all of you in, and when you get down low for those squats, you don’t have to worry that your leggings will ride down at all.
Beyond Yoga: This is one of my favorite athleisure brands because their designs are so wonderfully thought out. Determined to spread a body-positive message, Beyond Yoga regularly features women of all shapes and sizes in their marketing—and that matters. The fabric is responsibly sourced and oh-so-soft, making you feel like you’re wearing actual clouds!
Avocado: I recently tried their leggings, and while there’s not too much compression, Avocado is all about comfort! The cut makes their leggings very flattering to the backside as well (if you know what I mean). Hello, peach emoji!
Zella by Nordstrom: Zella is a Nordstrom-made activewear line that is reasonably priced, and their designs feel on-trend yet practical. Many of the pieces I’ve bought and that are in-store feature pockets, making the style super convenient—especially if I am going on a hike or being active outdoors and don’t have access to a locker to store my belongings.
While I love tons of brands, I only have a few pieces because I get it—the cost of activewear can really add up. Invest in a few well made classic and comfortable staples so you can keep the clutter in your closet to a minimum, and what you have will withstand all of those tough workouts in the future!
It’s safe to say, the way we conquer our daily routines has changed drastically over the last few months. The way we perform our jobs, how we socialize—even the way we workout—have flipped from in-person, group settings to virtual platforms to keep us safe and healthy. There's no denying that navigating this new normal has certainly come with its ups and downs, to say the least. In fact, a recent survey revealed one-third of Americans said this pandemic has caused more stress and anxiety in their lives, which isn’t surprising given the circumstances.
With anxiety levels at a high, people need relaxation, self-care, and movement more than ever. Enter yoga.
Yoga has long been touted for its amazing ability to calm the mind and help folks stay in-tune with their body—which is probably why more and more people are embracing an at-home practice.
Whether you’re looking for a powerful Vinyasa class to help kickstart your morning or yearning for a gentle, evening flow to wind down after a busy workday, taking a yoga class is now more accessible than ever. With 91% of group fitness studios offering or planning to offer live stream and/or on-demand classes, those who are ready to get their asana on have plenty of yoga classes to try all over the country.
While there’s no place like om, most of us could go for a little virtual vacation right now. I know I could! Ready to get a taste of what yoga classes are like all over the country? Here are the U.S. cities with the most virtual yoga classes available.
It seems poetic that Chicago hits our number one spot on this list because it was the first city in America that was introduced to yoga back in 1893. Swami Vivekananda presented yoga at the World Parliament of Religions and made a speech on the concept of body, spirit, and mind. It seems the presentation made a lasting impression on the city.
Try getting your Zen on with one of these studios:
• The Lab Yoga
• Bottom Line Yoga
• Bare Feet Power Yoga
Everyone knows that Washington DC is where you can visit some of the world’s most famous monuments, memorials, and museums. But you may be surprised to learn that it also offers one of the most robust libraries of virtual classes to help yogis sample some classes at the nation’s capital.
Houston is one of the most culturally diverse cities in America—in fact, you can folks speaking 145 different languages and thousands of restaurants serving up food from more than 70 countries. If those facts have you working up quite an appetite, feel free to indulge. They also have plenty of virtual yoga classes available to help you torch some calories.
Did you know one of the first businesses to open in the City of Brotherly Love was a brewery in 1683? If you’re familiar with the ever-evolving trends of yoga, then you have most likely heard of or participated in beer yoga sesh. Get ready to try yoga the Philly way by cracking a cold one and doing some downward dogs in the comfort of your own home at the end of the day.
New York City is home to 8.4 million people, making it the most densely populated city in the entire nation. With that many people, you know there must be a ton of yogis looking to relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start spreading the news and flowing with some of the most dedicated yogis in the U.S.—there are a ton of virtual yoga classes to choose from in the Big Apple.
Get ready to make some virtual yoga neighbors. Did you know that Columbus, Ohio is considered the heart of the country? The reason for that is because nearly half of the America’s residents live within a 600-mile radius of the city. Ready to put your heart and soul into your at-home yoga practice? Then check out what this city has to offer virtually.
San Diego is known as one of the happiest cities in America—mainly because of the beautiful weather, picturesque beaches, and the abundance of yoga classes available. While a vacation to this area may not be in the books for this year, you can certainly flow with the best of them by booking a virtual class at a San Diego studio.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the yoga studios offering virtual classes to help you stay fit, healthy, and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these offerings inspire you to either start a new at-home practice or are helping you seasoned yogis continue your path to wellness. Interested in seeing what other cities are hosting a bevy of online yoga classes? The options on Mindbody are endless—literally!