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4 Ways to Say Thanks to Those That Inspire Your Wellness Journey
Wellness
Published Wednesday Nov 14, 2018 by Mckenzie Hathaway

4 Ways to Say Thanks to Those That Inspire Your Wellness Journey

Fitness

While it’s officially the season of thanks, being grateful shouldn’t be exclusive to November. This time of year helps to remind us who we are truly thankful for, especially when it comes to our journey. Here’s to the people that we often spend the most time with; our wellness community! From the trustworthy instructors that keep us going strong, to the front desk team at our go-to studio, we couldn’t do it without them. 

If you're looking to show a little *extra* gratitude to the ones who support your wellness endeavors, we have four thoughtful gifts that will keep giving long after Turkey Day.

 

To your wonderful workout buddy. 

Yoga Club MINDBODY

How do you say “thank you” to the person who is always up for some downward-facing dog or joins you at that last-minute lunchtime fitness class? Give them the gift of contemporary comfort they will actually use with Yoga Club! Featuring brand name, discounted athleisure apparel that is personally styled and delivered right to their door, Yoga Club’s subscription service is the perfect present for the one you love to workout with.
Use code GRATITUDE30 to score $30 off your first box here

 

To your #1 fitness studio or wellness business.

Fitness wellness thank you note

Maybe it’s like a second home. Or perhaps it’s your sanctuary where the staff supports your every move. Whatever your go-to wellness business is, show you’re thankful for the place that keeps you feeling your best with a handwritten thank you note. A simple way to show your gratitude, a few words of appreciation will go a long way to those that give their all to their wellness business. Plus, they might even put it on display at the front desk!

 

To your favorite instructor or practitioner.

Hydro Flask MINDBODY

Those that make you better have a special place in your schedule… and your heart. Show your gratitude to the instructor that pushes you past your limits or the practitioner that makes your mind, body and soul whole with a new Hydro Flask water bottle. They work hard for you, so give them something easy and thoughtful— the gift of hydration!
Get 10% off your Hydro Flask order with code MINDBODY-28.

 

To the one that motivates you.

MINDBODY App

Whether it’s a sibling, a significant other, co-worker or friend, it’s easier than ever to show that special someone how much you appreciate them. Choose a specific studio or business and surprise them with a MINDBODY Gift Card! From circuit training to the spa, the MINDBODY app offers the gift of wellness for the people who help you step out of your fitness and wellness comfort zone.

Mckenzie Hathaway
Written by
Mckenzie Hathaway
Marketing Partnerships
About the author
From working at a fashion magazine to taking on the tech industry, Mckenzie has a passion for bringing companies together. With a deep desire for inclusion within all spaces, you can find her dancing in the streets of Italy or swimming in the Pacific.
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.