Taking care of your mind and body should always be a top priority when it comes to ensuring that you’re living your best life, but in these trying times, it’s more important than ever. If you’re beginning to feel trapped and stagnant as you adjust to working from home, here are several local fitness studios offering virtual classes to help keep your mind sharp and your body healthy from your home office.
Whether or not you currently attend a yoga class or have tried from home, I’m sure you’re familiar with the practice. A blend of stretching for the body and meditation for the mind, yoga can boost your mental and physical fitness by improving sleep, busting stress, strengthening your heart, and more. What’s more, yoga studios like MEND, INNERLIGHT CENTER FOR YOGA & MEDITATION, and NEWPORT POWER YOGA bring professional instruction directly to you with both live streaming classes, and on demand options; Namaste.
This newly opened boutique yoga studio nestled next to Equality Park offers classes designed to strengthen mind and body. This week, they took their classes digital so you can access them from home – because social distancing. All you need is a mat, a towel, and hand weights (if you’ve got ’em). Members can join the class as usual, while newcomers and those without a membership are asked to consider making a donation via Venmo (@mend_yoga).
How to join: Head to their Instagram (@mend_yoga) and click the link in their bio.
What you’ll need: Yoga mat, towel, hand weights (optional)
INNERLIGHT CENTER FOR YOGA & MEDITATION
Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, based in Middletown, has transitioned all their upcoming classes online. Classes are hosted through Zoom Video and include all levels yoga, subtle yoga for restoration and resilience and more.
How to join: Go to the classes tab at innerlightyoga.com, sign up for the online class and keep an eye out for for an email 15 minutes prior to the start of class.
What you’ll need: Yoga mat
NEWPORT POWER YOGA
This yoga studio located on William Street overlooking Bellevue Avenue offers a vigorous and challenging style of yoga designed to build strength, balance and flexibility. In light of the recent health crisis, the studio has transitioned their classes for virtual participation using Zoom Video. Anyone purchasing a 10-class pass while the studio in closed will receive an additional 5 free classes.
How to join: Head to their Zoom and use the meeting ID: 337 233 9714
What you’ll need: Yoga mat
Between completing your job-related tasks, trying to absorb (or avoid) the non-stop news cycle, and potentially keeping your child (or children) busy, working from home can be stressful; give your mind a rest with a nap, listening to some of your favorite music, reading from a magazine or book, or even taking a relaxing shower or bath. Studies show that even just a minute of deep breathing can relieve stress.
These fitness studios below took their classes and turned them digital – easily accessible from your home and social-distancing approved.
STUDIO BARRE NEWPORT
This week, Studio Barre took their Quick Tuck 45-minutes classes, designed to build core strength and improve posture, virtual. If you’re a current member, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a link and personal password to access the virtual studio. If you’re a newcomer, send an email to request a virtual membership.
How to join: Email email@example.com
What you’ll need: A sturdy countertop or railing, yoga mat, weights (or wine bottles, as suggested by Studio Barre!)
PULSE NEWPORT & BELLEVUE BARRE
OUTDOOR WORKOUTS STILL IN SESSION:
- Friday 7:15 AM: Beach Camp Prep with Kate
- Saturday 8:00 AM: Beach Camp Prep with Frank
- Sunday 8:00 AM: Beach Camp Prep with Kate
SALT CYCLE STUDIO
Salt Cycle Studio in Tiverton rented out their spin bikes to riders and is bringing anyone with a bike at home their favorite classes on-demand.
How to join: Visit the Vimeo website or app and use the promo code HOME available now through 3/27 to receive $5 off their first on-demand two-class series.
What you’ll need: At-home spin bike
LIVE WELL WITH JANELLE
Janelle Laurito is a Rhode Island based, self-proclaimed Mindset Shifter and Change Agent. In other words, she’s a godsend during these times of anxiety and uncertainty. Janelle helps women overcome their life stressors by empowering them to adopt simple daily self-care practices through mindfulness, movement, and nourishment. Join her over the next few weeks as she streams live flows and meditations on her Instagram feed and Instagram live to help stay calm, centered and connected.
How to join: Head over to Janelle’s Instagram (@livewellwithjanelle)
What you’ll need: Yoga mat
NOVEMBER PROJECT NEWPORT
November Project™ is a free fitness movement born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now present in multiple cities around the world (including Newport!), the movement uses a sense of accountability to motivate people of all ages, shapes, and fitness levels to get moving. They have closed until further notice and transitioned all classes to online using Zoom Video.
How to join: Head over to November Project Newport’s Instagram (@novemberprojectnpt) and click the link in their bio
BULL FROG FIT
The personal training team at Bull Frog Fit in Portsmouth is offering workouts on their IGTV. Targeted towards total body fitness, exercises can be completed with your own body weight.
How to join: Head over to Bull Frog Fit’s Instagram (@bullfrog_fit)
What you’ll need: A body
Remember that we are all in this together; sharing what works for you on social media or through conversation may help others struggling to adjust. Your network of clients and colleagues may benefit from your successes – and you from theirs.
ISLAND MOVING COMPANY
|CLIMB THE WALL & DANCE SERIES MOVEMENT CLASSES:|
|To break out of your isolation blues and get you dancing, Island Moving Company and the Newport Academy of Ballet are offering a valuable thread of continuity and social connection with our new announces CLIMB THE WALLS & DANCE!, a new series of live-streamed and recorded content that can be accessed at home or anywhere people are connected to the internet.|
Climb the Walls & Dance! provides live-streamed content that you can do at home, available through IMC’s website and social media platforms.
The FREE, 30-minute micro-movement classes are a great way to engage with new and wonderful things to watch and do!
SCHEDULE for March 30 – April 3:
The Climb the Walls & Dance! series features kids and adult programs — including:Monday, March 30, 12:30 – 1:00 – Salsa with Jose (instagram live)
Wednesday, April 1, 12:30 – 1:00 – Ballet with Emily (facebook live)
Friday, April 3, 12:30 – 1:00 – Conditioning with Greg (instagram live)
ONLINE CLASS SCHEDULE WEEK OF 3/30/2020 – 4/4/2020
Monday March 30,2020 9AM
Wednesday April 1,2020 9AM & 6PM
Friday April 3,2020 Noon
Saturday April 4,2020 9AM
Saturday April 4,2020 (free class) 10:30AM
All classes will be Pilates Mat based classes with the exception of Saturday @ 10:30AM, which is a free class designed to boost the adrenal glands and reduce stress. All other classes are $10 with 10% of all proceeds going to a local non-profit.Week one proceeds will go to the Martin Luther King Center in Newport