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If you’re a busy millennial like me, sometimes you forget to take time to practice self-care. I am a full-time public servant, a part-time masters student at Boston University, a full-time lifestyle blogger...and many times I’m assisting my family with the care of my newborn nieces. With all that going on, it's imperative that I take at least one day to address my self-care needs. That whole “sleep when you’re dead” mentality is probably one of the most problematic lifestyles to lead. Proper self-care has many benefits for your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. And if you truly practice self-care regularly, you ultimately become a better person for those around you.
With that said, I take Self-Care Saturdays very seriously. My ideal Self-Care Saturday starts off with waking up at 10:00 am to drop off laundry. Then, once I’ve gotten the heavy lifting out of the way, I start addressing my body’s physical needs. One activity I recently picked up was boxing! If you’re in the Boston area and you have the MINDBODY app, you should check out Peter Welch’s Gym. Boxing is a full-body workout, and it allows you to take out all of your stress on a punching bag or in the ring. The first time I used MINDBODY to book a class, my first session was free! Now, boxing has been a permanent part of my Self-Care Saturday routine.
The next step in my Self-Care Saturday is going to the spa to get a facial and massage. Let’s face it, between sweating at the gym, dealing with everyday emotions, and the all-nighters that us grad students have to pull off, our bodies need lots of hydration and tension release. I never skip a Saturday at the spa because my facials have been vital to keeping my skin clear, and my massages release knots in my back. I am not a princess by any means; however, you don’t realize how important it is to get rid of tension in your back and your face until you start aging.
Now that I am fully relaxed, it doesn’t hurt to head to a salon to get my hair and nails done. Honestly, if I wake up slightly under the weather, a great pick-me-up is investing in my outside appearance. A little polishing here and there goes a long way. By looking through the MINDBODY app, I identified three new salons that do natural hair. This is pretty exciting for me, because I was having a hard time finding one near me.
Lastly, before the ladies call me to paint the town red; I have to make sure I curl up with a good book that has nothing to do with work or school. Reading has always provided me solace in the craziest of times. When my emotions are high, reading my favorite fashion book or even Harry Potter book gives me great vibes. Sometimes I read for hours then take a nap on some fresh new sheets to conclude the day.
My Saturdays often feel revolutionary because my week is so all over the place. For this reason alone, I am such a big proponent for taking time to rest, recoup, and rejuvenate!
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!