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Published Tuesday May 14, 2019 by Jacki Carr

The Power of the Unplug: 6 Ways to Disconnect in Denver

Barre
Meditation
Yoga

We are living in a digital world with information at our fingertips. Notifications and communications arriving by the second—making it increasingly harder to hit the power button (let alone airplane mode). I am a firm believer in a digital detox to keep my brain fresh, my thoughts comparison-free, and my body fully present. As I finish the final chapter in ‘How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life’ by Catherine Prince, one quote really resonated with me:

“Breaking up with your phone means giving yourself the space, freedom, and tools necessary to create a new, long-term relationship with it, one that keeps what you love about your phone and gets rid of what you don’t.” 

But where does one start? I began thinking of my favorite places where I literally cannot (and do not want) my phone: on a mountain climber, out in nature hiking, on the yoga mat. These are the spaces I can explore my own digital detox and connect deeper into my mind and body. 

In Denver, escaping technology can be easier than it sounds. From a new workout class to the great outdoors, here are my seven favorite ways to disconnect:

Meet me IRL at the barre.

I love a slice of humble pie while my inner thighs perform tiny repeated movements and my muscles—that barely get any love in my real life seated in front of a computer composing emails and coaching clients—get that feel-good shake, shake, shake feeling in a barre3 class. With four locations in Denver— Cherry Creek, Highlands, Highlands Ranch, and Belleview Stations—it’s easy to find a class where you can forget your 5,452 emails!

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Meet me IRL at the barre.

I love a slice of humble pie while my inner thighs perform tiny repeated movements and my muscles—that barely get any love in my real life seated in front of a computer composing emails and coaching clients—get that feel-good shake, shake, shake feeling in a barre3 class. With four locations in Denver— Cherry Creek, Highlands, Highlands Ranch, and Belleview Stations—it’s easy to find a class where you can forget your 5,452 emails!

Play at the park.

A far out favorite in the city, Wash Park is the place to experience nature in the city. Not only is the park a lush 155 acres with two lakes, but it also has a 2.6-mile run and bike path, ten tennis courts, two flower gardens, and volleyball nets. When the city feels, well, city-ish and the day gets screen-heavy, pop over to the park for a run, walk, pack a picnic or just get barefoot and feel the grass while reading a book!

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Play at the park.

A far out favorite in the city, Wash Park is the place to experience nature in the city. Not only is the park a lush 155 acres with two lakes, but it also has a 2.6-mile run and bike path, ten tennis courts, two flower gardens, and volleyball nets. When the city feels, well, city-ish and the day gets screen-heavy, pop over to the park for a run, walk, pack a picnic or just get barefoot and feel the grass while reading a book!

Take me to The River.

One of my favorite studios to make shapes and find my breath on the mat is The River Yoga. Most classes are heated—not necessarily phone-friendly. With a dynamic offering of teachers, classes for the kiddos, and even daycare during certain times of day, this beautiful studio space provides calm in my busy schedule—especially when my breath is interrupted during a frenzy of notifications. Good news! They have two locations - one in Golden Triangle and another in Five Points. The River also leads Yoga on the Rocks classes at Red Rocks this month!

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Take me to The River.

One of my favorite studios to make shapes and find my breath on the mat is The River Yoga. Most classes are heated—not necessarily phone-friendly. With a dynamic offering of teachers, classes for the kiddos, and even daycare during certain times of day, this beautiful studio space provides calm in my busy schedule—especially when my breath is interrupted during a frenzy of notifications. Good news! They have two locations - one in Golden Triangle and another in Five Points. The River also leads Yoga on the Rocks classes at Red Rocks this month!

Climb a mountain—indoors.

Feeling the hike but don’t have the time to trek to the mountains today? Don’t give up on your goal! TRANSFORM Colorado hosts a 30-minute class called Climbing on Versa Climber machines. We’re talkin’ about an awesome playlist, climb sequences to the beat, a lot (I mean A LOT) of sweat, hands, and legs moving at all times and intervals to keep you at a high intensity. Pack your phone; I dare you.

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Climb a mountain—indoors.

Feeling the hike but don’t have the time to trek to the mountains today? Don’t give up on your goal! TRANSFORM Colorado hosts a 30-minute class called Climbing on Versa Climber machines. We’re talkin’ about an awesome playlist, climb sequences to the beat, a lot (I mean A LOT) of sweat, hands, and legs moving at all times and intervals to keep you at a high intensity. Pack your phone; I dare you.

Take a hike.

There comes a point in everyone’s week when screen time is at an all-time high. That means you need to hit the road and take a hike. The Flatirons of Boulder are breathtaking— like one of those ‘I cannot believe I actually live here’ moments. Grab your GPS and head to Mt. Sanitas for a 3.2-mile loop packed with wildflowers and nature-style staircases. Be ready to sweat as this hike is not easy, especially when you add that altitude, but it’s totally worth it. I suggest going early as this is a favorite and often crowded! Always remember to pack water and leave your phone in the car.

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Take a hike.

There comes a point in everyone’s week when screen time is at an all-time high. That means you need to hit the road and take a hike. The Flatirons of Boulder are breathtaking— like one of those ‘I cannot believe I actually live here’ moments. Grab your GPS and head to Mt. Sanitas for a 3.2-mile loop packed with wildflowers and nature-style staircases. Be ready to sweat as this hike is not easy, especially when you add that altitude, but it’s totally worth it. I suggest going early as this is a favorite and often crowded! Always remember to pack water and leave your phone in the car.

Breathe in Boulder.

Post-hike, stick around Boulder to grab lunch then sweat it out at a sweet afternoon flow at Amana Yoga. There is a daily 4 pm Happy Hour YIN class at this beautiful studio during the week or a 4:15 pm YIN on the weekends that we highly recommend after that Sanitas hike to recover and rest. The yin of yoga to the yang of the hike is all about balance.

Speaking of balance, it is a gentle practice to explore time on your phone and get into your real life off the phone. Practice, and we will see you out there. Get your sweat on without your phone by booking your favorite workout ahead of time on the Mindbody app or Mindbody.io

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Breathe in Boulder.

Post-hike, stick around Boulder to grab lunch then sweat it out at a sweet afternoon flow at Amana Yoga. There is a daily 4 pm Happy Hour YIN class at this beautiful studio during the week or a 4:15 pm YIN on the weekends that we highly recommend after that Sanitas hike to recover and rest. The yin of yoga to the yang of the hike is all about balance.

Speaking of balance, it is a gentle practice to explore time on your phone and get into your real life off the phone. Practice, and we will see you out there. Get your sweat on without your phone by booking your favorite workout ahead of time on the Mindbody app or Mindbody.io

Jacki Carr
Written by
Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
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Beauty
Published Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Do We Expect from Beauty Salons Reopening Now?

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Salon
COVID-19

Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID. 
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.  

Here’s what you had to say... 


1.    You’re about 50/50 when it comes to heading back 
 


53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.  

2.    But if you are going back, you want the "normal" experience

While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.

3.    You aren’t quite comfortable with others in your home 


58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.

4.    You really appreciate your stylists

69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.

5.    Some of you are willing to take risks... 


But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”  


6.    Nail salons are a lot less trafficked 


Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).  


7.   We’ve all noticed (and embraced) the changes

Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...


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It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them. 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
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).