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5 Tips for Newbies Attending Their First On-Site Yoga Class

New Yogi

So, your office is jumping on the wellness train and is offering an on-site yoga class during your lunch break. Or maybe you’re a tenant of an apartment complex, and your landlord or building manager posted a flier advertising a community yoga class, free of charge, right downstairs. The problem is, you’ve never attended a yoga class, and you don’t know your chaturangas from your namastes.

Are you going to skip out? Of course not! You just need a support system to get your head in the game, and don’t worry. We’ve got your back! Here are 5 tips for newbies attending their first on-site yoga class.

1. Wear comfortable clothes.

One of the best parts of yoga is that you’re encouraged to dress comfortably, which is a huge perk if you’ve spent the day in work clothes. Though there are many well-known brands out there, don’t feel like you need to dress in designer yoga clothes to get the full experience! Keep it simple. Wear stretchy pants or shorts (exercise attire is just fine!), and a comfortable shirt that is a bit fitted, since many yoga poses will have you bending at the waist. Most often, yoga is done barefoot, so don’t worry about footwear – but if you’re uncomfortable taking off your shoes in front of strangers, opt for socks with non-slip grips.

2. Bring a water bottle.

If you’re a beginner, yoga can be tricky, and you’ll likely find yourself sweating and out of breath at one point or another. Make sure to bring a water bottle to hydrate yourself if need be! However, try not to overdo it, because if you leave for a bathroom break, you’ll interrupt your flow and may distract other yogis in the room. After class is over, be sure to hydrate plenty. Your body will thank you for it after you exercise it in new ways!

3. Show up with an open mind.

Even if you’re skeptical, always try to show up to your first yoga class with an open mind. You never know what aspects of class you’ll like best! All yoga teachers have a different approach, and if you enjoy your time on the mat, you’ll want to practice with many different instructors to find the best fit for you. Don’t be afraid to try that tricky-looking pose, to modify poses to fit your needs, or to chant “OM” loudly with the group! You’ll never know what works for you unless you try it all!

4. Sit in the middle of the room.

One of the best tips for yoga newbies is to sit somewhere in the middle of the room during your first class. That way you’ll have other yogis in front, behind, and on all sides of you in case you need help understanding the way a pose is supposed to look. Most instructors will walk around the room and offer adjustments and assistance if need be, so don’t worry about sitting right up front. Give yourself plenty of room and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

5. Be kind to yourself.

Above all, be kind to yourself before, during, and after your first yoga class! It can be very intimidating signing up for something new, and you’ve already done a great job by expressing interest. Even the most disciplined yogi is never through with their yoga journey. Yoga is an ongoing practice, and you can’t fail because each person’s practice is their own. Continue showing up to class and you will thrive!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga classes for employers, landlords, building owners, and every organization in between. To request more information, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

Landlords, Build a Sense of Community for Tenant Retention

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If you’re a landlord, you’re currently in a pretty good position. Many people are now choosing to rent rather than own, and according to the Pew Research Center, more U.S. households are headed by renters than at any point since at least 1965. Unfortunately, this does come with its own set of challenges for landlords, particularly retaining tenants when there is so much rental availability out there.

Landlords can retain tenants by improving customer service, particularly through technology, fast communication, and building a sense of community for renters.

Another way to effectively enhance the tenant experience is to build a sense of community by promoting community events. Trivia nights and pizza or ice cream socials, for example, can give residents a chance to get to know their neighbors. Landlords can also use these organized events as opportunities to inform tenants about new services and building updates. Bringing community to the center of the tenant experience can make an apartment building a place where people feel at home.
— Bisnow

There are many ways to build a sense of community for tenants, one of which is by focusing on health and wellness. A report by the Nielsen Global Health and Wellness Survey recently reported that more younger consumers than ever before are concerned about healthy eating, and that the most health-centric group of consumers in general is Generation Z – the group that is next in line as prospective tenants. With this in mind, landlords should consider offering health-conscious community events, such as on-site yoga and holistic wellness courses. Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers these types of classes for landlord-owned properties, office buildings, and everything in between.

Read this great article from Bisnow on four customer service tips landlords swear by, including building a sense of community. For more information on setting up an on-site yoga or wellness class on your property, visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

Speculative development in Waltham ready to draw companies to the suburbs

Urbanized, well-amenitized developments are the sweet spot for active tenants.
— Bisnow
Post at 200 Smith

With Waltham's Post at 200 Smith campus completed, it doesn't look like office buildings in downtown Boston have completely taken over the real estate market. This speculative development sprawls across 36 acres and includes a fitness center, hiking trails and an MBTA shuttle. Bisnow spoke to a managing partner of Anchor Line Partners about why the company decided to invest in suburban real estate and why he's not worried about finding tenants.

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga classes near Boston, MA. If you want to bring on-site meditation and yoga to your Boston office building, drop us a line!