Community Amenities

Crystal Carden Brings Essential Oils to CNY

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Have you heard the news? Chasing Nirvana Yoga is adding an essential oils expert to our yoga teacher lineup, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Crystal Carden to the team!

Crystal, a Massachusetts native, dove headfirst into her yoga practice and essential oil studies about a year ago. Her journey began when her family started a keto diet variation that helped her lose over 60 pounds. She was inspired to continue finding new ways to be the happiest and healthiest version of herself. After trying just one yoga class, she was hooked!

Crystal started her teacher training around the same time she began learning about essential oils as natural solutions for health issues and substitutes for chemical-laden products. Once her family was paying more attention to the food they put in their bodies, she wanted to take the effort one step further and cut out unnecessary chemicals. Crystal was able to replace a lot of her family’s everyday items and medications with essential oil rollers. From headaches and muscle pains to anxiety and fatigue, the ailments that can be treated by essential oils are endless.

“When you find something you love, you want to share with people. I believe in this too much to fail. And I give the oils to my kids, so you know I truly believe in them.”

Because essential oils only take about 20 seconds to enter the bloodstream, they’re perfect for fast relief and benefits. She says anything you would ingest as a plant can be ingested as an oil. Plus, her oils are certified as non-GMO, so you can trust that none of the crops were treated with chemicals when they were being grown.

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Something Crystal loves about her work with essential oils is tailoring the concoctions to individual people; it makes her feel like a Harry Potter of holistic wellness. For example, she recently created an essential oil solution for a woman who wanted relief from asthma and allergies. Even her husband, who was skeptical of Crystal’s oil voodoo at first, finds himself asking for the “magic potion” for his neck. Meanwhile, citrus blends work nicely for her 12-year-old son, Brennan, who tells me that lime is his absolute favorite oil.

“When you start to see what you do benefit other people, that’s the cool piece. You become an inspiring person for people, who then want to make healthy changes for themselves. That’s the neatest part for me.”

Could bringing essential oil rollers into the office help employees focus, feel more energetic and avoid aches and pains? Absolutely! Contact Chasing Nirvana Yoga to learn about the different essential oil solutions and rollers that Crystal can make for you. Feel free to check out Crystal’s business, Branches & Co., for more information about essential oils.

Property Managers, Now is the Time for Built-In Community Spaces

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According to an article from Allwork, 83% of employees using co-working and other forms of flexible space claim to have benefited from these new work environments over the last 5-10 years. The same article shared that by 2020, 50% of large companies will have some form of shared office space. Dedicating areas for community space in the office is a trend we’ve all been watching as employers realize their success. Preconceived community spaces in commercial real estate buildings that are already built in and ready to go, however, are just beginning to take off as property managers catch on.

Property management has grown tremendously over the past decade. As tenants look toward a more concierge-style experience, serving clients and their exceeding expectations is paramount. Property managers need to create an environment for the human experience to thrive.
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Hospitality considerations for tenants are becoming a necessity for retention. Now that on-the-go, collaborative millennials are moving in, user experience is the key to promoting creativity. Megan Matthews, Mid-Atlantic managing director at commercial real estate advisor JLL, says ten years ago, wellness initiatives like yoga classes, for example, were the sole purview of employers but would have been unheard of in commercial real estate. But as the workplace continues to adapt to the demands of a more experience-seeking generation, property managers will follow suit. CRE property managers, now is the time to focus on using space as a service and building these amenities into the floor plan!

Read more in this excellent Bisnow article. If you are a property manager in search of where to start, reach out to us at Chasing Nirvana Yoga. We offer on-site yoga and wellness classes ideal for any community-serving property.

Musings on Creative Building Amenities from BOMA Roundtable Event

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Recently, a few members of our team attended the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Roundtable event on creative building amenities, hosted at 100 Summer Street in Boston. We host an on-site yoga and wellness class at 100 Summer Street and were thrilled to be able to attend the panel!

 We left with a number of takeaways on the direction building amenities are heading.

Perhaps most importantly is that to succeed, landlords and employers are realizing it’s less about getting your money’s worth and more about staying competitive in the market. If these professionals don’t start following the trend, they will quickly fall behind.

The trend? It’s all about the amenities you offer! Listen to your tenants and provide the amenities they are looking for. Don’t just survey them – go out and talk to them! You can’t just rely on neighborhood amenities. You need amenities within your property to build your community. You can certainly partner with outside vendors, and you should consider using local vendors for each property you own to give it the appropriate city feel tenants seek.

 Commercial real estate professionals might wonder how they can amenitize without sacrificing real estate. Luckily, there are plenty of ways, such as using vacant space, using conference rooms, refitting old bathrooms into showers for runners and cyclists, and bringing in amenities that have their own trucks, such as food, eye vision, and blood bank trucks.

We learned that from an employee's perspective, perceived workplace building must-haves include the 3 Fs – Food, Fitness, and Fresh Air (aka outdoor spaces). In terms of actual work must-haves, people look for programming, programmable spaces, meeting and networking spaces, casual meeting spaces, an activated lobby, a secure building, coffee, a resilient building, a gym, and a clean, comfortable atmosphere.

We completely agree. Combining these two perspectives, we've seen this in action based on the response to our on-site yoga and wellness classes! It's a great way to encourage community.

Other ideas for unique amenities include pop-up retailers, artists, dental, custom tailoring, Tesla test drives, video games, general games, and partnering with local charities. Millennials in particular are focusing on their health, so health-related amenities, such as on-site fitness centers and yoga classes, are a plus. And always be sure to program for five years out rather than twenty years out. Trends tend to change too quickly for long-term planning, and your tenants will thank you for listening to their immediate needs.

Thanks again for having us! We loved this session!