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The Latest
Published Monday Mar 30, 2020 by Mindbody Team

A Lesson in Connection: This is Twist Yoga in Lake Oswego, Oregon

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Fitness
Virtual Classes

2020 may not be going at all how we may have expected, we are all finding ways to adapt and move forward.

Fortunately, we live in a digital age where we can remain connected and maintain our well-being online. The silver lining is, even though we can't actually visit our favorite studios right now, we can access them virtually from the comfort (and safety) of our living rooms! Not only that, but with so many studios offering virtual classes, we can venture out and expose ourselves to ones in different cities we typically would never be able to try! 

We’re here to bring you the inside scoop on some *awesome* studios you might like to try (because there's just so damn many!). So, meet Twist Yoga. We (virtually) sat down with Jennifer Pahl, owner of Twist Yoga in Lake Oswego, Oregon, to find out more about her studio, what sets it apart, and how it’s handling the shift from normalcy right now. 
 

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Starting at the top, give us an overview of your business! 

Our “How” – Founded in 2013 around the belief that connection fuels happiness, Twist Yoga is a locally-owned yoga studio deeply rooted in community­—a true hub of happiness. In addition to many different styles of yoga and fitness classes, we also offer Yoga Alliance certified teacher training, private lessons, online classes, and workplace wellness solutions.  
 
Our "Why" – At Twist Yoga, connection is at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s connecting mind to body, breath to movement, or individuals to their community, our mission is to fuel happiness through connection. 
 
We aim for each and every person who visits our studio to walk out feeling lighter, stronger and more connected with themselves and the world around them. 


What sets Twist Yoga apart from other studios?  

We are a true HUB of happiness. Connecting our community to each other and to the best teachers in town, we fuel happiness like no other! We are a small business with one location, locally invested and owned since day one.  
 

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What makes your business a unique virtual destination?  

We are so fortunate that we launched Twist Yoga Online in 2017. We have over 125 recorded classes that we have had up and running and serving our clients since before the pandemic. Therefore, our students were already experienced with our online classes. Our teachers, as well, were practiced and equipped. Now, we offer two live classes per day streamed via Twist Yoga Online, too. We also had a payment system set up, so we can charge for the online classes and pay our teachers! 


How should someone prepare to take a Twist Yoga virtual class?  What's the most popular one?

Create a little space for yourself, roll out a mat if you have one, and get ready to breathe and move and smile. Our most popular virtual classes are grounding flows.  


What’s the ideal in-home setup and most popular virtual class?  

There isn't one! Pets, kids, limited space... nothing is ideal. If you can carve out a small space, do it. 
Maybe light a candle, play some music, spray some essential oils, or not! Maybe you are still in your pajamas, just ate another cookie, and haven't showered in days. That's ideal, too. Or, maybe you just watch a class and sit there. We want our students to do what is right in that minute. Maybe tomorrow you put on yoga pants and roll out a mat and lay there in savasana for an hour. Awesome!


How do you want people to feel before, during, and after class? 

I'd love them to start class feeling great. But I know in these uncertain times, many feel anxious. 
 
While taking class, they will keep connection, be more grounded, open, and balanced. They will feel a little glimpse of life BC and at the studio. 
 
When they finish, I’d like them to feel compassion for themselves and others. A sense of grounding and peace and accomplishment. Alive. Our goal is to get the body and the mind in the same space at the same time. I want them to feel like THEY CAN DO IT and THEY WILL BE OK. 

 

Twist Yoga Virtual Savasana


How are you attracting people to your classes online and what sets them apart?  

We are offering 3 weeks free if you subscribe by 3/31! Since we have so many recorded and are doing live classes, we really have an edge there compared to people who are just entering the space. 

We also offer 2 months FREE to all first responders, health care workers, and teachers, and we have A LOT of people all over the world taking advantage of this! We also offer our members with class cards to use one punch from their class card to get one month of unlimited online classes. 


During this time of uncertainty, when a community really needs to band together, what is your wellness philosophy? Both personal and across your business?  

Always, always stick to our Core Values to survive and THRIVE!!! 

- Show Respect 
- Inspire Connection 
- Fuel Happiness 
- Be Curiously Authentic 
- Always Be the Student  


How have you been personally practicing wellness during this time? 

Not as much as I should. I am struggling with my home practice because I am so close to it all. 
When I am practicing, I deeply mourn my students and teachers. It’s very emotional right now. I have found that I need more high impact (our Shred Class) so I can get out of my mind for a minute. 


How are you living this out during “stay-at-home" mandates, social distancing, and beyond?  

Lots and lots of virtual meetings, happy hours and games. We have calls with our teachers and staff and are dedicated to staying connected. Personally, I am trying to keep a little normalcy by going into the studio each day to work by myself. It's nice to be in the space and keep the positive energy alive. 

 
Twist Yoga Iphone

What should Twist Yoga members know about their membership during this time?  

We have personally contacted every one of our monthly and yearly members to let them know what we are doing for them and how they can stay connected. We will add on as much time as needed for our students who were in their intro month when we had to close. All class card expirations will be extended until June 30, 2021. We are committed to their health and wellness, and we will get through this together and open our doors again and be stronger than ever! 


How can consumers support your business during this time?  

YES! They can leave us reviews on Google, Yelp and MB. They can buy mats and other retail at 25% off! They can subscribe to Twist Yoga Online - just $18.99 a month. 


Anything else you’d like to add about the current state of the wellness industry, where we’re headed, our communities, etc.?  

Mindbody ONE is my saving grace in these times. The community created there for business owners is unparalleled and will be one of the main reasons that wellness businesses can and will make it through to the other side. 

 

If you'd like to find more virtual classes to try, browse our inventory on Mindbody, and explore the world of wellness from wherever you are. 

Want to get the word out about your studio's virtual offerings and how the Mindbody Community can support you? Answer our short survey, and we'll be in touch!

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Published Tuesday Jul 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

How to Find the Best Gym or Studio Membership For You

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Expert Advice

If you’re a commitment-phobe like me, you probably understand the stress of searching for the perfect gym or studio membership. When offices were open and I commuted to and from work, I especially struggled. Do I find a studio near work or home? If it’s near my office, I can go after work, but what about weekends? I don’t want to do that commute when I don’t have to!  

Then, add on the fitness type decision and try not to let your head explode. What if I get bored of cycling and want to try something else? What if I get super sore after HIIT and need a yoga class? Do I need to become a member at multiple locations?  

Maybe this is just a me problem... but I don’t think it is. I mean, that’s why the Mindbody app exists in the first place—so you can try out different classes and studios, commitment-free. Although it’d be nice if one membership could cover multiple fitness types, at some point, picking your favorite and committing just makes sense. 

So, how do you choose the perfect gym membership for you? 

 

Identify your needs 

What are you looking for in a gym, studio, or health club? What do you care most about? Is it a smaller, intimate workout setting with instructors who know you by name? A larger studio with tons of fitness classes throughout the day, so you can always find one to fit your schedule? What about the staff? Are there certain qualities you’re looking for in your instructors? Do you prefer soft encouragement while you exercise, or instructors who aren’t afraid to push you harder during training? Think about your routine. Do you prefer morning classes or evening? Are you looking for 30-minute, high-intensity classes you can squeeze in on your lunch break? Or longer, slower-paced classes to wind down after work? There are so many different factors that can affect your choice in studio, and with so many options, you can get pretty specific. 

What do you want from a studio that you just aren’t quite satisfied with at home? Think about your fitness goals. Maybe you get your cardio in the form of running outside, and you need some help with strength training. Maybe you invested in a fully decked out weight room in your garage when COVID-19 hit, but now you’re looking for a yoga studio to help with recovery

With all those options out there, it can be hard to even know where to start. So, asking yourself questions like these is a good first step. 

 

Check your budget 

When it comes to picking a monthly membership, of course, budget is important. Sit down with your spreadsheet, or app, or whatever the hell you use to budget your monthly spending and see what you can afford to shuffle around. Wellness is an investment, not just a one-time purchase, and weaving it into your monthly budget will help you prioritize it. 

Once you’ve determined how much you’re willing to spend per month, decide if you want any of that to be left over for the occasional drop-in class. You may want to spend most of it on a membership but keep a little extra for those days you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a new workout. Or maybe you’re a creature of habit, and you’re fine with just sticking to your favorite. That’s fine too! Just be sure to make those decisions early and factor them in while budgeting. 

 

Try before you buy 

Lots of studios on Mindbody provide Intro Offers, or special deals for new clients only that allow you to try out some classes at a lower rate. For example, some studios (like VibeFlow yoga in San Diego) offer your first class free, and others give discounted rates for your first 2 weeks or a month. When I was looking for a yoga studio to join, I tried just about every Intro Offer in my area. It’s a great way to save money and try out local studios before committing. Plus, it got me out of my comfort zone! I got to try so many different types of yoga before deciding which I liked best. Every instructor, studio, and class is so unique and different—it’s fun to get a feel for all the different mini fitness communities within your own larger one.  

For those that don’t have any new client deals, you can check to see if they have Last-Minute Offers. These are drop-in deals for one-time classes, that fluctuate in price depending on timing, number of spots left, etc. So basically, if there’s a class in your area that starts in an hour and still has several spots left, odds are, you’ll be able to join that class for a lower drop-in rate!  

And if you’re not quite ready to head back into the studio—or if those in your area have not yet reopened—another great way to try before you buy is virtual classes. Many studios offer live stream and on demand workout classes on Mindbody, so you can get a feel for the classes and instructors from the comfort (and safety) of your home. 

 

Be flexible 

I know I told you to identify your needs in step one. Find out exactly what you’re looking for a studio to provide. But, when it comes to picking a membership, it’s important to be flexible (and I’m not just talking about your yoga class). While identifying your needs is a great first step to narrowing down your options, you may find that while trying out different studios, those needs totally change.  

In my case, I thought I really wanted a membership to a hot yoga studio, but when I branched out and tried one that didn’t offer heated classes, I found a different kind of yoga environment I really enjoyed (and, of course, this made it really difficult to choose).  On top of that, I was new to yoga and a little nervous about how I looked in class. I wanted a larger studio where I could hang in the back and try not to be noticed. But then, during my second or third week of class using an Intro Offer at a smaller studio, the man at the front desk greeted me by name, and my perspective totally changed. I went into class and laid out my mat in the front row, ready for the instructor to give me tips for improvement—and I’m better for it.  

All of this to say, you never know what you’re going to find when it comes to trying new things. Have your list of wants and priorities, but don’t be afraid to tear it up and start over—and enjoy learning about yourself along the way.  

So, if you’re ready to face your fear of commitment and settle down with your soulmate studio, now you have somewhere to start. Whether you’re trying to be more cost-effective, craving a community, or just need a good old-fashioned routine your life, a membership is a great way to consistently prioritize your wellness. Not only that, but you get the awesome benefit of joining a fitness community where you’ll see faces you recognize, meet some workout buddies, and be encouraged by instructors to keep improving in your practice. So where do I sign up? 

 
Book classes on Mindbody to get started. 

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
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Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).