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The beautiful thing about yoga? Each and every practice belongs to you. From hot yoga sessions to Vinyasa classes, I (like many) find my center on the mat. But, I started to notice that all those warrior poses were wearing out my foundation. Ten years—and what feels like twenty-something mats later—I finally purchased a piece of workout equipment that gives me peace: a high-quality yoga mat.
With plenty of brands out there that feature new, luxurious mats, I knew I wanted a mat that not only offered non-slip support, but long-lasting quality. My yoga mat is my workout sidekick; the foundation for my practice, and I wanted one that would be with me wherever my journey goes. After reading countless reviews and talking to my fellow yogis, I found Jade Yoga and their best-selling Harmony Mat. After breaking my new mat in, I easily found four reasons why buying *really good* yoga gear is totally worth it.
No matter what pose you practice, your mat will be there. So why not spend a little extra on something you will actually use? Whether you’re a beginner or super yogi, having a mat that is durable can make a difference in everything from Savasana to Downward-Facing Dog.
Jade Yoga is all about creating eco-friendly, sustainable yoga mats that make Mother Earth a better place. Made with natural rubber from rubber trees (no synthetics here), Jade taps into a reliable and renewable resource, so you feel even better about what you are practicing on. Plus, their mats are made here in the USA, and they plant a tree for every mat sold!
It’s all about the grip, and the comfort of course! Versatile enough for the *hottest* yoga class and cushiony enough for a restorative session, having a Harmony Mat allows me to feel confident during my flow. Traction is super important to my practice, and finding my zen on a mat that provides some serious stability is key.
It might sound silly to some, but my yoga mat color is a reflection of my bright personality. As soon as I unroll my mat, I am instantly in my sanctuary and choosing a hue I love only motivates me more. Jade Yoga’s palette features simple, soothing and cool colors that speak to any mood. From Slate Blue to Sedona Red, you can find a yoga mat hue that truly reflects you.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.