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5 of the Most Unique Yoga Classes in Your Area

Yoga at Winery

The practice of yoga can be traced back all the way to 3000 B.C., where civilizations in India developed it as a way to achieve harmony between the mind, body, and soul on the path to divine enlightenment. Nowadays, yoga has evolved as western culture has adopted it. More people are practicing yoga than ever before. According to The Good Body, between 2012 and 2016, the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%. If you’re trying to get to the studio for your yoga class, you’re not alone! 

As more people have adopted yoga, the variety of practices has increased as well. Yoga classes can now be set to hip hop music, combined with high-energy fitness classes like pilates, and heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. There truly is something for every yogi now, and heading to a unique class is a great way to bond with friends both old and new! 

Interested in trying a unique yoga class to shake up your practice? We’ve compiled five fun, modern yoga classes to search for in your area!

 

1. Goat Yoga

Yes, you can now practice yoga amongst baby goats, and it is so cute! Goats are known to be playful, snuggly animals, and they’re pretty great at downward dog. Practicing Goat Yoga is the perfect way to integrate your practice with nature. There are plenty of other animal-related yoga classes popping up as well – many shelters are using it as a tactic to increase animal adoption!

 

2. Brew-Ga (or Winery Yoga!)

Yoga at a brewery or winery is the perfect way to unwind with friends. Many tasting rooms now offer hour-long yoga classes followed by a curated beer or wine tasting (BYOM – bring your own mat!). The great thing about these locations is that classes are held both indoors and outdoors, and many tasting rooms have beautiful grounds. If you don’t drink alcohol, consider looking for a yoga class at a kombucha tap or organic market instead!

 

3. Silent Yoga

Silent Yoga is a creative way to keep your inner monologue going while still participating as a group. The way it works is that yogis will put on wireless headphones, blocking out ambient noise, and the yoga instructor and/or an accompanying DJ will play a special mix! Sometimes your instructor will also have a microphone so you can hear instructions, but if not, these types of classes are flexible enough for you to do your own thing. What a way to rock out!

 

4. SUP Yoga

This practice is becoming more and more popular. SUP stands for “stand up paddleboarding,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like – yoga on a paddleboard in the water! This class can range from moves for the absolute beginner to long-time instructors who want a challenge. On a beautiful day, there is nothing more serene. But be forewarned … it is a lot harder than it looks!

 

5. Glow-Ga

Have you ever been to a cosmic bowling alley? Glow-Ga is similar in that all the lights are turned off and you practice by blacklight and neon signs! Be sure to wear white or neon colors to get the best effect, and bring some glowing jewelry to up the ante. Usually, this type of yoga is accompanied by fun music. This is a fantastic choice for a larger group if you’re looking for ways to get your entire office involved! Commercial real estate professionals can also offer on-site Glow-Ga classes in their buildings as a way for tenants to get to know each other. Need help? Chasing Nirvana Yoga is up for the challenge!

What is the most unique yoga class you’ve taken lately? Sound off in the comments! 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for businesses, tenant-occupied buildings, community events, and more. To schedule your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

* Photos sourced from FSU Campus Recreation and Bella Rose Yoga Studio, respectively.

The Best Tenant Retention Method? Design Your Corporate Property Around Their Lifestyles

Tenant Retention

Today’s corporate property team does much more than manage buildings. It is responsible for creating an enticing, collaborative environment that fosters creation and productivity for top talent. Though this may seem daunting, it is in fact an incredible opportunity for property owners. A carefully designed work atmosphere can appeal to fresh, young minds who know that their own well-being goes hand in hand with their team performance, therefore leading to happy tenants all around. But what are the amenities corporate property teams and decision makers should focus on?

Think of it as you would in all aspects of life – where would you want to be? If a corporate property team can create a building that employers and employees actively enjoy and want to spend time in, they will be that much closer to retaining these tenants for years to come. It doesn’t so much matter the industry, the property size, and the newness of the building. What attracts people is a place where they can feel happy, even while they’re chugging along through their traditional 9-5. 

Regus, a multinational corporation that provides serviced offices, virtual offices, meeting rooms, and videoconferencing to clients on a contract basis, reports a few ways that property can attract talent in a new article. Interestingly, it makes no difference whether an office space is big or small, as long as the workplace offers what a typical employee enjoys. It’s all about thinking creatively and flexibly.

The workplace of the future is agile, with open-plan, activity-based spaces, seating options from hot desks to sofas, and separate areas for collaborative and private work. With all of the resources at large corporations’ disposal, those that commit to changing their strategy can inspire in a way that small companies can only dream about.
— Regus

Work-life balance is another big factor in designing a building both employers and employees will enjoy. According to the Regus Workplace Revolution report, over 50% of workers now work outside their main office for 2.5 days a week or more. This isn’t always attainable for every company, but as long as their building space offers the feel of working with freedom – such as including on-site fitness classes, collaborative spaces, and supportive amenities that fit employee lifestyle choices – they have a higher probability of staying. This is good news for corporate property teams!

Property managers need to look at other workspaces, too, including shared spaces or studios that are laid out in a way that encourages co-working or co-creation. These are better suited to new flexible work styles, fit employee lifestyle choices and meet the needs of different generations. They offer places to meet interesting groups and to collaborate more easily.
— Regus

If you are a corporate property professional looking to up the appeal of your building, consider adding collaborative spaces reminiscent of an employee’s day off. An on-site yoga or fitness studio is a great place to start. Utilizing “green” practices is another. Listen to your tenants needs, and if necessary, offer a survey to find out what they are. Re-design your building around these needs and poll them again. The results should please you!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to office spaces, corporate properties, community events, and more. To set up your free consultation as a property owner, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

Meet Sarah Helt, Our First West Coast Yoga Instructor

instagram.com/sarahehelt

instagram.com/sarahehelt

Sarah Helt has helped us introduce Chasing Nirvana Yoga on-site yoga classes to the west coast with her recent class in Los Angeles. The Iowa native has lived everywhere from Chicago to New York City to Australia, but she’s currently enjoying the L.A. chapter of her life. These days, she leads teacher training programs all over the country, as well as yoga retreats.

As an avid traveler, she makes sure to embark on a mindfulness-related pilgrimage each year to deepen her practice and understanding of the world. Last year was Nepal, this year is Peru. That’s just one small aspect of Sarah Helt’s yoga journey that will leave you feeling inspired to try one of her yoga classes!

How did you get into yoga?

I tried yoga for the first time when I was 19. When I moved to New York for college from Iowa, I was looking for something to supplement my workouts that could help me with stress and the culture shock of the city. As a performer, I’m naturally inclined to some of the movement and flexibility, but the patience and silence and strength in holding still was very hard for me at first. My first class was rigorous, but it was transformative.

Did anyone guide your yoga career?

I took an advanced studies clowning class -- I had to audition for it -- and I really bonded with the instructor over yoga. He studied clowning in France and had many adventures throughout his life, all in the pursuit of movement and entertainment and self-expression. He took me under his wing in a collegiate yoga class and eventually asked me to be a TA before he retired.

You’re so self-serving and self-centered in college that I wouldn’t have contemplated sharing this love of yoga if he didn’t encourage me to be his teaching assistant. He was planting the seed [of my career] at that time.

I knew I wouldn’t have a 9-5 thing like my parents, so I just let the universe speak to me and through me.

How did your career evolve from there?

I applied for yoga jobs and worked side jobs until I had enough yoga work to quit waiting tables. I knew I wouldn’t have a 9-5 thing like my parents, so I just let the universe speak to me and through me. When I was teaching yoga for marathon runners and other athletes in Chicago, I was approached about training paralympians through the Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Club.

I transitioned to a small-group and individual client base and began a disability-focused practice. I have clients with very specific needs who allow me to be creative with how yoga looks and sounds, so I have the opportunity to totally diversify my classes. I think yoga, at its heart, is a form of service. I have found a way to financially support myself while still being able to give back. I’ve also become the director of communication at a nonprofit called Accessible Yoga.

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instagram.com/sarahehelt

What are your yoga-related passions?

I’m passionate about creating safe spaces in the yoga industry for women. The stage is set for us to take on more. Our roles in society were introduced by the patriarchy. I feel like men are afraid that we’re going to take something from them, but all we’re asking is that they share the load. I lead yoga retreats, including ladies-only yoga retreats. This September, I’ll be bringing a group of women to Mexico for a yoga retreat.

What has life as a full-time yoga instructor taught you?

It’s a lonely profession that requires you to hustle and seek out opportunities on your own. And the once you’re hired, you’re hired just based on you and your skills. Having people who are pushing you and encouraging you and seeing little lights and sparks inside of you, those are the most important relationships to cultivate. This sense of community is important for me as a yoga teacher.

It’s so easy to be extroverted and not self reflect, which is a skill I’ve worked on. The more you invest time and energy into things that aren’t real -- like TV and social media -- the more you’re wasting time that could be spent looking inside yourself.

Stay tuned for more Chasing Nirvana Yoga classes in L.A. with Sarah Helt!