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If you’re one of the millions who are choosing to stay home right now, you know that isolation can feel, well, isolating. For those of us living outside of our hometown, like myself, it can be even more challenging to access the usual comfort of being at home. I’ve been living in San Diego for six months now and still feel myself settling into my west coast community. A big question I’ve been asking myself is, “how can I create a feeling of familiarity as a transplant who still feels foreign?” In other words, what are some ways I can establish a sense of community and comfort without being able to explore my new city? Here are some things I’ve come up with that are making staying in my house feel like being home.
Coming together around the dining room table is an experience that’s been elevating social wellness for thousands of years. Growing up, sitting down to have dinner as a family was an important piece of my home life. Since traveling of any kind is currently off the table (or is it?), gathering with family is an impossible task. We’ve instituted virtual family meals over Zoom that transport me right back to my seat at the table.
Moving to a new city means leaving behind your family, friends, and favorite instructors. While it’s been a blast to work up a sweat trying all the local studios in San Diego, I still have a huge place in my heart for my hometown teachers. One of the hardest parts about leaving New York was knowing I'd have to replace my regular yoga schedule at Hudson Yoga Project with a new one. But over the last few weeks, they’ve rolled out virtual classes that help me feel like I'm right back in the studio with my favorite east coast instructors. All I have to do is book on Mindbody, open my computer, and roll out my mat. Win-win, right? If you want to check out the virtual classes your hometown has to offer, just set your location and start exploring.
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Shopping at small businesses is an awesome way to immerse yourself into a new community. Though you may not be able to sit down for some corner eats or shop for a new work-from-home wardrobe at your local boutique, there are plenty of ways to support your local business owners from the comfort of your own home.
Call in a takeout order from a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try and strike up a conversation with the staff. Let them know you’ll be in once they’re back to business as usual. Donate your piggy bank funds to your favorite shop. Shop online from your local boutiques. Kick it up a notch by sharing your support on social media, letting them know you’re grateful for their communal contribution.
If you’re on social media, odds are you’ve stumbled upon friends challenging one another to different quarantine activities. Workout buddies usually make showing up for your fitness routine way easier. With the rise of virtual fitness, it’s easy to corral friends from near and far to join in on your fitness schedule. Share a link to your Mindbody virtual class and snapshot your workout in action. Nominate your workout pals from across the country and keep the movement up from city to city. Hint: Tag @mindbody in your WFH workout stories for a chance to be featured!
Modern technology keeps it pretty easy to stay in touch with friends between Zoom, texting, and social media. However, nothing feels as personal as a handwritten letter. I ordered some postcards from one of my favorite local shops and wrote letters to my friends with a list of what makes them so amazing. This kind of reflection is a great reminder of what a strong, loving community you’ve already got under your belt.
Remember that social distancing doesn’t mean diminishing community. Follow us on Instagram @mindbody to stay connected with our like-minded community. Have an exciting way of finding comfort in your home away from hometown? Give us a shout and we’ll spread the word.
Want to support local salons? Browse Mindbody to find one near you, then head to their website to see if you can purchase products or gift cards!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!