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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jan 02, 2019 by Devin Dilday

Workouts That Will Amp Up Your New Year Routine

Strength Training
Yoga
Interval Training
Dance
Cycling
Barre

New year. New workout? We’ve all heard the “new year, new me” mantra before, but this January, we are *seriously* rethinking how to kickstart 2019 when it comes to our well-being. 

Instead of committing to a routine that has us feeling bored by February, we are all about committing to a few types of fitness that we really like (or dare we say, love?). If you're looking to skip the standard gym gear and try something new in 2019, there’s no better time than now! From trendy group classes to finding the beat, here are five of our favorite workouts for all fitness levels that will keep you looking forward to your next sweat session. Enjoy! 


Get ready to row. 

rowing workout fitness

Rowing is our go-to way to make any cardio routine a little more exciting. A low-impact exercise making its way into more and more circuit training classes, rowing can act as a form of total-body strength training. Plus, boutique studios—like Current in NYC—are creating killer rowing sessions that blend cardio and choreography so you’ll be feeling stronger with each stroke. Now, who’s ready to make some waves?


Just dance

dance fitness workout

One of our top wellness predictions for 2019, dance fitness is super buzz-worthy this new year—and it sounds like the trend is here to stay. Whether you’re looking for an intro to hip-hop or just want to find your groove while getting your heart rate up, dance classes can keep you on your toes when it comes to your wellness routine. Super cool studios, like 305 Fitness with locations in NYC, Boston, and D.C., specialize in Insta-worthy dance workouts. And did we mention, 305’s dance cardio classes feature a live DJ!?


Fast fusion fitness.

fusion fitness workout

Group fitness is getting a makeover this new year. Featuring shorter class times and badass blended workouts, making your exercise a little more interesting has never been easier...or more effective. Think: a 45-minute yoga + HIIT session or cycling + barre class. Studios like CorePower Yoga do it (and do it well) with classes like their Yoga Sculpt—a heated hybrid of free weights and vinyasa yoga flow. We love these types of workouts—they keep us on track on even the busiest day. 


Multi-sensory meditation

mediation wellness

Another 2019 wellness prediction, taking care of ourselves mentally and emotionally is becoming our top priority this new year. It can be easy to focus on your physical fitness, but we are striking a better balance when it comes to our well-being and redefining our rest days. With mediation classes and studios that are offering immersive experiences with elements like sound baths and aromatherapy, finding your zen zone will be extra awesome, all year long.

 

Outdoor adventures. 

outdoor fitness

It’s time to take your workout outside. With many boutique fitness studios using the great outdoors for inspiration, you can sweat it out in bootcamp and HIIT classes that are embracing the fresh air, no matter the season. But it’s not just about circuit training—studios are taking it to the water, too, with classes like SUP (stand up paddle board) Yoga and more. From the park to the beach, being a tourist in your own city with a change in scenery is a great excuse to get your exercise on any day of the week. 


From discovering a meditation session near you to trying your first dance class, easily find and book any workout or wellness service on the MINDBODY app and MINBODY.io.

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
Written by
Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
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.