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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.
death of the walk-in
The Latest
Published Wednesday May 20, 2020 by Sara Lesher

When Salons Near Me Reopen: What To Expect From The First Visit Back

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Salon

Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut

Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes. 

Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:


Going the distance

As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions. 

On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.


Keeping it clean

In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.

In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest. 
 

literally check ourselves out

Checking yourself out 

After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.

Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.


Switching it up

All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.


Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.

Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.



MINDBODY. “COVID-19 APP USER SURVEY #5.” MAY 2020.
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).