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Here’s What Classes and Studios These Fitness Influencers Are Grateful For
Fitness
Published Monday Nov 12, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

Here’s What Classes and Studios These Fitness Influencers Are Grateful For

Fitness
Kickboxing
Yoga
Bootcamp
Barre

While it might seem like Thanksgiving is all about the delicious food, it’s also a time to practice an attitude of gratitude. From the best studios to classes and types of workouts they can’t live without, check out what our favorite fitness influencers are grateful for this season—and all year long! 


Allison Metselaar

@healthyabili

@healthyalibi

Bootcamp made me feel like I belonged somewhere for the first time since my high school basketball days. I’m so thankful I found it when I did. It changed my body and my mindset on fitness and health, not to mention the post-workout feeling is incredible.

 


Melanie Torres

@headstandsandheels

@headstandsandheels 

I'm so grateful for Yoga Vida and their incredible roster of teachers. Last summer, I enrolled in Yoga Vida's Intensive 200-hour teacher training, which was one of the best decisions I've ever made. After 30 days of non-stop learning and practice, I left with a new sense of confidence, amazing friends, and a fiery passion for sharing yoga with as many people as possible. Although I don't go to the Yoga Vida studios as frequently as I used to, it will always hold a very special place in my heart, and I'm so blessed to be part of their community.

 


Flora Beverley

@foodfitnessflora

@foodfitnessflora

I'm so grateful I discovered boxing, my current workout of choice! It makes me feel so strong, and my coaching sessions leave me feeling invigorated, with the added satisfaction knowing I can defend myself if I ever needed to. I'm actually training for my first fight at the moment!

 
Dustin Isom

@dustinisom

@dustinisom

Barre3 Henderson has truly become my safe place to explore, learn and grow into a stronger and more confident person. I have created such strong friendships with everyone that has walked through our studio door—thankful for my b3 tribe!

 

Arielle Berneman

@sweatinsd

@sweatinsd 

I'm thankful for yoga and the peace it brought into my life. After each class, I leave feeling completely renewed and refreshed. It's my workout of choice when I'm looking for more than just a sweat but rather a mind, body, and soul connection.

 

Tara Marguiles

@movewithtara

@movewithtara

About four years ago, I was looking for a change and wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone. I went to my first pole fitness class and at first wasn’t sure, but I stuck with it, and it’s now one of my favourite past times. It taught me to value grace as well as strength, be creative and not take myself too seriously. I can’t recommend it enough!

 

 Bianca Klotsman
@holisticrx

@holisticrx

I'm grateful for Megan Roup's class at Studio B in NYC. She really helped me look at fitness as a fun activity and not as a task or something I "have to do." Her classes are full of energy, hard work and always a good time. Another OG studio I love is Physique57, one of the first places I tried in my area! Not only am I thankful for their attentive instructors and intimate classes, but their new Chelsea location is also stunning. 

 

Charlotte Holmes

@misscharholmes

@misscharholmes

Earlier this year I became a yoga instructor at one of my favourite studios in Covent Garden. Since it opened two years ago, I’ve taken various classes and immediately felt like part of the family. Now, I’m honoured to lay down my mat four times a week and teach. Thanks to this practice, the people I come into contact with have a daily positive impact on my life, and it's taught me to be kinder to myself—on and off the mat— something that I struggled with up until now.

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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.