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The Latest
Published Monday Apr 13, 2020 by Meredith Simmons

10 Things I Wish I Could Say to My Favorite Fitness Instructors

Fitness
Mindbody Community

It’s been just over three weeks since I was last in a gym. Three long weeks of wondering if my skipping a rep of push-ups was visible on camera, not jumping to avoid annoying my downstairs neighbor, and using a four-pound jug of salsa as a dumbbell. Basically, I miss seeing my favorite instructors in person. 

If I could hang out with them right now, here are ten things I would tell them:

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually miss Burpees. 

Being a good apartment neighbor means I’m only doing low-impact workouts. I take back (almost) of my complaints about Burpees, jumping jacks, and other jumping-based movements. 

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually miss Burpees. 

Being a good apartment neighbor means I’m only doing low-impact workouts. I take back (almost) of my complaints about Burpees, jumping jacks, and other jumping-based movements. 

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I sleep better with you in my life. 

I was a loyal 6 AM workout aficionado, I’ve had to change my sleep patterns without your classes—and I can tell. It’s harder to get out of bed in the morning, and on the days that I don’t work out, it’s hard for me to fall asleep. I’m already looking forward to switching back to my regular routine when the time comes. 

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I sleep better with you in my life. 

I was a loyal 6 AM workout aficionado, I’ve had to change my sleep patterns without your classes—and I can tell. It’s harder to get out of bed in the morning, and on the days that I don’t work out, it’s hard for me to fall asleep. I’m already looking forward to switching back to my regular routine when the time comes. 

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I’m amazed at your creativity. 

Every day it seems like you have a new idea. Sometimes I don’t like them, because they are really hard. (Paper plates as makeshift floor sliders? Come on!) Regardless of how I feel after each workout, I am constantly impressed by your ingenuity when it comes to teaching without equipment.

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I’m amazed at your creativity. 

Every day it seems like you have a new idea. Sometimes I don’t like them, because they are really hard. (Paper plates as makeshift floor sliders? Come on!) Regardless of how I feel after each workout, I am constantly impressed by your ingenuity when it comes to teaching without equipment.

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You help me remember what day it is. 

My days are blurring together—and I don’t call them by their names anymore. Its either leg day, arm day, core day, or rest day. Honestly, I was probably already doing this, but it’s become abundantly clear that I tell time based on your classes. 

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You help me remember what day it is. 

My days are blurring together—and I don’t call them by their names anymore. Its either leg day, arm day, core day, or rest day. Honestly, I was probably already doing this, but it’s become abundantly clear that I tell time based on your classes. 

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I’m only able to get through this because of you. 

I don’t mean this in just the emotional sense, though that’s true, too. To my favorite yoga and Pilates instructors: I’m only able to physically survive the questionable ergonomics of my home office because you’ve taught me proper posture and how to breathe to release tension. 

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I’m only able to get through this because of you. 

I don’t mean this in just the emotional sense, though that’s true, too. To my favorite yoga and Pilates instructors: I’m only able to physically survive the questionable ergonomics of my home office because you’ve taught me proper posture and how to breathe to release tension. 

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I wear studio swag when I feel lonely. 

While I’m basically living in yoga pants 24/7, I still am trying to look professional for my video meetings. But there are days when things feel really hard, and on those days, I pull out gear from your studios and wear it under my sweaters and jackets. It’s a little bit of secret confidence. 

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I wear studio swag when I feel lonely. 

While I’m basically living in yoga pants 24/7, I still am trying to look professional for my video meetings. But there are days when things feel really hard, and on those days, I pull out gear from your studios and wear it under my sweaters and jackets. It’s a little bit of secret confidence. 

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I miss the community you created. 

I started my day with the same crew, and I miss my workout BFFs. While some of us have traded reps for red wine, I miss seeing the faces of my friends on the regular.  

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I miss the community you created. 

I started my day with the same crew, and I miss my workout BFFs. While some of us have traded reps for red wine, I miss seeing the faces of my friends on the regular.  

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I can’t wait to see you again. 

I’m not sure when it will be, but I dream about it. Seriously: I’ve had dreams about getting after it in the studio again. I’m looking forward to the endorphin high, the high-fives, and being extremely sore after it’s all done. 

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I can’t wait to see you again. 

I’m not sure when it will be, but I dream about it. Seriously: I’ve had dreams about getting after it in the studio again. I’m looking forward to the endorphin high, the high-fives, and being extremely sore after it’s all done. 

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I don’t want to live in a world without you. 

In the last few weeks, it’s been pretty easy to imagine a world without you in it—and I don’t want to experience that. I know times are tough right now, but you will get through this—look at all of the things I’d tell you if I saw you in person right now. You’ve changed my life, and for that...

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I don’t want to live in a world without you. 

In the last few weeks, it’s been pretty easy to imagine a world without you in it—and I don’t want to experience that. I know times are tough right now, but you will get through this—look at all of the things I’d tell you if I saw you in person right now. You’ve changed my life, and for that...

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Thank you. 

Above all else, thank you.

 




If you want a chance to see your favorite fitness instructors—or find your next favorite—book a virtual fitness class on Mindbody!  

What would you tell your favorite instructors? Head to our Instagram Stories to share a thank you! 

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Thank you. 

Above all else, thank you.

 




If you want a chance to see your favorite fitness instructors—or find your next favorite—book a virtual fitness class on Mindbody!  

What would you tell your favorite instructors? Head to our Instagram Stories to share a thank you! 

Meredith Simmons
Written by
Meredith Simmons
Senior Content Marketing Specialist and Certified Group Fitness Instructor
About the author
Meredith is an avid sports fan and group fitness addict, which lead to her becoming a certified fitness instructor in 2019. A long-time Mindbodyian, Meredith helps tell the stories of the thousands of businesses using Mindbody to make the world a happier and healthier place.
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Published Friday Aug 07, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Top 7 Cities for Virtual Yoga (and How to Book Classes)

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Fitness
COVID-19

It’s safe to say, the way we conquer our daily routines has changed drastically over the last few months. The way we perform our jobs, how we socialize—even the way we workout—have flipped from in-person, group settings to virtual platforms to keep us safe and healthy. There's no denying that navigating this new normal has certainly come with its ups and downs, to say the least. In fact, a recent survey revealed one-third of Americans said this pandemic has caused more stress and anxiety in their lives, which isn’t surprising given the circumstances.  

With anxiety levels at a high, people need relaxation, self-care, and movement more than ever. Enter yoga. 

Yoga has long been touted for its amazing ability to calm the mind and help folks stay in-tune with their body—which is probably why more and more people are embracing an at-home practice.  

Whether you’re looking for a powerful Vinyasa class to help kickstart your morning or yearning for a gentle, evening flow to wind down after a busy workday, taking a yoga class is now more accessible than ever. With 91% of group fitness studios offering or planning to offer live stream and/or on-demand classes, those who are ready to get their asana on have plenty of yoga classes to try all over the country. 

While there’s no place like om, most of us could go for a little virtual vacation right now. I know I could! Ready to get a taste of what yoga classes are like all over the country? Here are the U.S. cities with the most virtual yoga classes available.  
 

1.    Chicago 


It seems poetic that Chicago hits our number one spot on this list because it was the first city in America that was introduced to yoga back in 1893. Swami Vivekananda presented yoga at the World Parliament of Religions and made a speech on the concept of body, spirit, and mind. It seems the presentation made a lasting impression on the city. 
Try getting your Zen on with one of these studios: 
    •    The Lab Yoga 

    •    Bottom Line Yoga 

    •    Bare Feet Power Yoga 


Book a virtual yoga class in Chicago 
 
 


2.    Washington, D.C. 


Everyone knows that Washington DC is where you can visit some of the world’s most famous monuments, memorials, and museums. But you may be surprised to learn that it also offers one of the most robust libraries of virtual classes to help yogis sample some classes at the nation’s capital.  

Stop, drop, and yoga with one of these studios: 
    •    Yoga District 

    •    Yoga Heights 

    •    The Yoga Shala 



Book a virtual yoga class in Washington, D.C.   

 


3.    Houston 


Houston is one of the most culturally diverse cities in America—in fact, you can folks speaking 145 different languages and thousands of restaurants serving up food from more than 70 countries. If those facts have you working up quite an appetite, feel free to indulge. They also have plenty of virtual yoga classes available to help you torch some calories.  

Work up a sweat with one of these studios:  
    •    Shaka Power Yoga 

    •    Yoga Athletex 

    •    The Atrium 



Book a virtual yoga class in Houston  
 
 


4.    Philadelphia 


Did you know one of the first businesses to open in the City of Brotherly Love was a brewery in 1683? If you’re familiar with the ever-evolving trends of yoga, then you have most likely heard of or participated in beer yoga sesh. Get ready to try yoga the Philly way by cracking a cold one and doing some downward dogs in the comfort of your own home at the end of the day.  

Get ready for the beer and yoga to flow with these studios:  
    •    Three Queens Yoga 

    •    Tuck Barre and Yoga 

    •    Good Karma Yoga and Barre 
 



Book a virtual yoga class in Philadelphia 
 
 


5.    New York City 


New York City is home to 8.4 million people, making it the most densely populated city in the entire nation. With that many people, you know there must be a ton of yogis looking to relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Start spreading the news and flowing with some of the most dedicated yogis in the U.S.—there are a ton of virtual yoga classes to choose from in the Big Apple.  

Get in shape in a New York minute with these studios: 
    •    The Shala Yoga House 

    •    bode nyc 

    •    Sacred Brooklyn 
 



Book a virtual yoga class in New York City 
 
 


6.    Columbus 


Get ready to make some virtual yoga neighbors. Did you know that Columbus, Ohio is considered the heart of the country? The reason for that is because nearly half of the America’s residents live within a 600-mile radius of the city. Ready to put your heart and soul into your at-home yoga practice? Then check out what this city has to offer virtually.  

Strike a pose with one of these studios: 
    •    Bexley Yoga 

    •    Yoga on High
    •    GoYoga 



Book a virtual yoga class in Columbus
 
 


7.    San Diego 


San Diego is known as one of the happiest cities in America—mainly because of the beautiful weather, picturesque beaches, and the abundance of yoga classes available. While a vacation to this area may not be in the books for this year, you can certainly flow with the best of them by booking a virtual class at a San Diego studio. 

Stay classy and sweaty with these studios:  
    •    Honey Yoga 

    •    b3yond yoga 

    •    Union Yoga 



Book a virtual class in San Diego 
 
 


This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the yoga studios offering virtual classes to help you stay fit, healthy, and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these offerings inspire you to either start a new at-home practice or are helping you seasoned yogis continue your path to wellness. Interested in seeing what other cities are hosting a bevy of online yoga classes? The options on Mindbody are endless—literally!   
 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.