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The following is a guest article from the internal Mindbody community.
Our world has turned upside down and not so much in the fun, handstand kind of way. We’ve been asked to stay inside, away from our local communities and our normal routines. As a student, not having access to my favorite yoga classes has been hard on both my body and mind (missing that hot yoga therapy sesh, le sigh). As an instructor, I worry about my peers’ livelihoods as their work comes to a halt.
The studio experience has been taken away from us.
In its absence is the opportunity to share our local favorites beyond their city limits. We have a chance to support our communities in new ways. We do that by sharing and participating in their efforts to deliver movement in innovative ways. We do that by offering support beyond our memberships. It’s up to us to help keep our small businesses afloat and our robust communities alive. The ask? Find new ways to support your favorite studios. Participate in the offerings they have created and share what they are doing. Connect with others about your experiences.
Got it? Okay, I’ll start. Here are mine.
Shine Yoga Studios
For you fellow yogis out there, this is my “home studio”. This Northern California studio is committed to its students’ home practice. Not only are they selling blocks, bolsters and mats for at-home use (prop-heavy savasana forever), but they are offering free yoga and barre classes via Vimeo. Live classes are also available. Sign up through the Mindbody app.
SLO Yoga Center
All you need is a Mindbody account to get access to this location's digital studio, where they feature nine free classes, ranging from gentle yoga to HIIT Pilates. Do yourself a favor and take the Flow and Stretch yoga class after a long day of #wfh (trust).
This beachy studio packs a huge punch. Click here and scroll all the way down for free classes from the studio’s larger-than-life owner, starting at four minutes all the way up to a full, 60-minute sweat. Keep a lookout for live classes, promoted on their Instagram.
Spark Flow? Yoga Sculpt? Bootcamp? This studio’s variety will keep your body guessing. You will break a sweat with their free digital offerings - cough, cough, Power Flow. A mat towel is a must.
This Nebraskan studio has offered its community a virtual studio for years. Within the last week, they’ve added 120 percent more content (think yoga nidra, cycle, meditation, even audio runs). They even offer virtual kids classes, too!
Brass tacks: Studios can use your help financially. There are many ways to support your second homes during this trying time. I've actually seen friends send their favorite instructors (and stylists for that matter) support via Venmo. People are getting clever, and the outpouring of support is amazing. Don’t hesitate to reach out to see how you can help. It’s up to us to keep our communities alive as more and more of us shelter in place.
These are trying times, but we will get through it together, one virtual down dog at a time.
What are your favorite studios doing to keep their community connected and moving? Tell us (and tag us) on @Mindbody!
Remember, we are getting through this together, and together we will emerge stronger. To show your local studios support during this time, please visit them on Mindbody.io or in the Mindbody app and find your favorite classes (or ones you've always wanted to try). Also, tag them on social media, along with @Mindbody, and we will support in any way we can.
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.