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It’s no surprise we miss our beloved hot yoga studios. I miss joining my yoga community and sharing in movement during our joint yoga practice. I miss teaching in-person classes and connecting face-to-face. I so badly want to experience my body heating up, feeling the change in temperature as I walk into a heated yoga room. And of course, I miss all the benefits of hot yoga (flexibility, stress relief, calorie burn, and so many more.)
Yeah, this is hard.
To make these times a little bit easier for us hot yoga folks, I’ve created this list for you to experience hot yoga in your room at home. Think of it as a ritual you partake in, just for you. Think of it as something you deserve to create for yourself, even during this time of chaos. While it will never take our favorite yoga studio’s place, it will quell our thirst (or will it?) until we meet again.
This is rule number one. In order to have the full hot yoga experience, your room has to be hot. Position your infrared heater a few feet away from your mat, with the heated side facing you. I achieve my best at-home hot yoga sessions when I allow the room to heat up for 20 minutes prior to my flow. This is a great time to adjust to the temperature, drink water, meditate, or journal.
Please note: an infrared space heater should never be left unattended. When not in use, unplug that bad boy.
Now, we’re talking. All the best hot yoga studios know a combination of humidity and heat is what makes the room feel so dreamy and sauna-like. Adding this element of moisture to the hot air is a gamechanger (and helps us move through those poses with ease). You can place your humidifier in the corner of the room and turn it on at the same time as the heater. Build your personal yoga studio oasis, baby.
I know, don’t yoga teachers always say that? Well, we do, because it’s true. The key to building internal heat is by utilizing ujjayi breath. Keep a steady, consistent, strong breath; inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the nose—for the entire yoga practice. It’ll take some getting used to, but it makes all the difference.
When we target large muscle groups and incorporate dynamic movement in a yoga sequence, we can build heat more easily. Think oscillating between Warrior 2 (quadriceps, glutes) and Star Pose—or Crescent A (quadriceps, hamstrings) and Low Lunge Pose. However many times on each side until your heartbeat starts pumpin’ (and you start to sweat)!
The stomach area is where the Manipura chakra is located. The element of this chakra is fire, and it’s no wonder—when we engage our belly muscles, we build tons of warmth. A plank is a simple and effective static pose that will quickly create heat and sweat. Continue building your sweat by adding Side Plank Pose, Dolphin Pose, Boat Pose, or crunches. Must I go on?
Who wouldn’t want a softly-lit yoga space? Sprinkling candles around the room adds not only warmth, but an ethereal vibe to your practice. You can even use the fire from a candle as your Drishti (point of focus) when moving through your standing postures.
Please note: make sure the candles steer clear of flammable objects and are placed on stable surfaces.
Imagine yourself walking into your favorite hot yoga studio. What do you smell? I’m sure it’s a combination of moving bodies and essential oils (tell me I’m wrong). Add them to your at-home hot yoga ritual! Consider placing your favorite essential oil on your wrists and your temples prior to beginning your practice. If you have a diffuser, that works, too.
While we aren’t exactly stoked to be inside, we owe it to ourselves to keep our passions alive. By creating a home practice that mimics the studio experience (and going virtual when you can), we can continue to thrive as we shelter in place.
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The last few months have posed quite the challenge for fitness junkies all over the world. What used to be as simple as waking up early to go to your favorite sunrise yoga class or hitting the gym after work to maintain physical fitness has unfortunately come to an abrupt halt. For most of us, our fitness routines have been put to the test as we learn to embrace this “new normal” of WOFH (working out from home).
Even though COVID-19 has forced us to change up how we get a sweat sesh in, we’ve also been presented with a great opportunity to redefine the way we commit to our wellness routines. Luckily, the simplicity modern technology affords us these days gives us a ton of options to stay fit and healthy right in the comfort of our own homes.
Here’s how you can use the Mindbody app to freshen up your workouts:
While you may be missing out on the in-studio experience (trust me, I get it!), the Mindbody app enables you to take a class from any studio, no matter the distance. Whether you’re fixing to keep it local and check out places within your area or interested in a virtual workout 500 miles away, your options are endless. With 91% of group fitness studios making their classes available through live stream or video-on-demand, you can work out at any studio of your choosing.
Finding a virtual class in your area or in another city is simple with the Mindbody app. Simply log into the app and access virtual classes directly from the home screen.
Whether you’re fixing to keep it local or interested in a virtual workout 500 miles away, your options are endless.
With virtual classes dominating the workout scene right now, you have more access to different types of fitness classes than ever before. Maybe you live in a town where certain workouts aren’t available quite yet—or maybe you tend to be “set in your old ways” when it comes to your fitness choices and you never can get around to trying something new. I’ll be the first to admit there are certain classes I may have avoided in the past (I'm looking at you, HIIT) because I’m more of a yoga fan and enjoy being able to go at my own pace and take breaks when I need to.
We all get in our own head when we’re experiencing something for the first time—especially when it comes to a workout class. However, being in the privacy of your own home, you have the luxury of setting your own pace and taking rest/water breaks when you need to. Plus, tons of studios have Intro Offers for new clients, so you can try out new studios and classes for less.
You know what they say—variety is the spice of life. Well, the same can be said about your workout routine. If you’re looking for another way to mix up your fitness journey, try taking a class from a different studio or teacher than you normally would. Not sure if you’ll vibe with a certain studio or teacher? No problem. You can learn about a studio and get to know their teachers all within the Mindbody app.
Here’s a fun tip: Are your virtual game nights or weekly House Party check-ins with friends getting stale? A fun way I’ve been staying connected with friends during quarantine is by jumping into classes my friends have on their weekly rotation—whether they live in another state or just down the street.
Even though the in-studio experience feels like an activity of the distant past, the Mindbody app makes it easy to stick to your fitness goals, stay sane, and support your favorite studios, too. With the ability to browse and book virtual classes anywhere, anytime, you can find the right workout for you whenever you need it. And let’s be honest, a good sweat is something we all REALLY need right now.
Ready for some yoga at home or see why virtual HIIT is a hit? Click here to book a virtual workout.