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Published Friday Nov 15, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

ICYMI: A Recap on Boston’s Best of Wellness Event

Fitness
Beauty
Meditation
Recovery
Dance

If you’re an L.A. local, you remember our first Best of Wellness event at the AllBright West Hollywood. We loved it so much we decided to bring it to Boston! 

On a cold Boston night, Erin Foster and 200 attendees warmed up at the Artists For Humanity Art Gallery for an evening of all things wellness! After Eliza Shirazi kicked off the event with a sweat-worthy workout, attendees recovered with services by BDY SQD, organic skincare treatments from Balans Organic Spa, and reiki, tarot readings, and group meditation care from UNION

In case you missed it, here’s what we’re (still) talking about from the event – and our favorite moments! 
 

Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

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Workout + headphones = way too much fun. 

We leveled up our group fitness class with host Eliza Shirazi, creator and founder of the award-winning kickboxing and music-driven fitness brand, Kick It By Eliza®. During her fun, dance-inspired workout, we threw on some Sound Off headphones for an immersive experience. Adding this mega-cool tech to any fitness creates the desire to dance (and sweat) like no one is watching. 

It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

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It’s possible to reset on the regular. 

After an intense (yet fun) fitness class, healing is crucial. Thankfully, we had BDY SQD on hand as our official recovery zone. With assisted stretching and NormaTec boots to help with increased flexibility and relief from sore muscles, we got a lesson in this efficient experience. Designed detoxification and an overall reset in just 30 minutes, this personalized wellness service will have you up and ready for that next workout in no time. 

Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

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Yes, you can get an organic hand treatment. 

Balans Organic Spa stole the show with their powerful skincare products! A Swedish, woman-owned wellness studio, Balans Organic Spa is all about a lifestyle of luxury. Specializing in organic custom facials, body treatments, and massages, Balans even gave Erin Foster a special skin treatment on her hand, so her ring finger will look *extra* radiant on her wedding day!

We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

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We took things to a higher level. 

For the people who are struggling through this Mercury retrograde (let’s face it, that means all of us), UNION sat down to do a little one-on-one inner work. With wellness workers specializing in tarot readings, the healing power of reiki, and group meditation, it’s safe to say this space was sending out some zen vibes by the end of the night. 

What city should we go to next? Stay in the loop on all of our local events on our events page! 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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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!   
 

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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.