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  • Writer's pictureRoberta Whitney Hughes

Finding Serenity: Exploring the Benefits of In-Person, Virtual, and On-Demand Classes

Does your busy schedule leave you with barely a moment to spare? If so, I imagine the idea of engaging in activities like yoga, Pilates and meditation that promote relaxation feels like a luxury you can't afford. The good news is that since the pandemic the world of wellness has evolved to accommodate even the busiest of lives, making it possible to benefit from instruction both online and at your favorite studio.

When life is busy and demands are high, it may feel overwhelming (maybe even impossible) to set your heart on a mission to find balance, reduce stress, and embrace self-care. That is why it is important to build a hybrid practice that allows you to step away from the chaos and immerse yourself in the present moment. Think of it this way. Online classes are the gateway to virtual empowerment and In-person classes provide a small retreat from the rigor of daily life.

Cultivating a hybrid practice can solve the problem of time constraints, reduce mental and emotional exhaustion, create community, and help you navigate the ever-persistent guilt of making yourself a priority.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of a hybrid practice that combines taking classes in person and taking classes from the comfort of your own home.

1. Time Constraints and Self-Care- The instant accessibility of on-demand content transforms your space into a sanctuary of serenity, making self-care an integral part of your day. It’s no secret that most of us struggle to balance the things that require our attention while also finding time to care for ourselves. During busy times, times of travel, or time spent at home caring for sick kids or family members, virtual classes are key to creating an oasis of calm. Whether you have 5 minutes or a full hour, the beauty of virtual instruction lies in its flexibility. Offering a range of options – from livestream classes that connect you with an instructor in real-time, to on-demand sessions you can access whenever your schedule allows, virtual classes bring a newfound freedom to self-care.

2. Healing Within: Addressing Mental and Emotional Exhaustion- Your mental and emotional well-being are paramount to living a life you love. The benefits of guided yoga, meditation, and Pilates sessions, both at your favorite studio and through virtual platforms, offer an oasis of calm, where skilled instructors guide you toward tranquility. When you intentionally carve out small pockets of time at home and larger pockets of time to visit your local studio, you make it possible to reconnect with yourself. By crafting a hybrid experience that fits the pace of your life, you will discover solace in the present moment and alleviate the weight of stress that accumulates throughout the course of a day.

3. Creating Community: Wellness With Friends- Social interaction, community, and friendship are all known to reduce your stress response. Enter the world of in-person and livestream classes designed to cater to your unique needs while inviting you to connect with others. On the one hand, when you are seeking a mini-retreat from life and craving time away with like-minded people, taking classes at your local studio can provide a much needed outlet. On the other hand, when your calendar is packed and you desire the opportunity to connect with others, livestream classes can provide a similar sense of community without taking too much time away. Both options will pave the way for you to release physical tension, emotional fatigue, and experience rejuvenation.

4. Embracing Self-Love: Guilt and Prioritization- Do you fear that dedicating time to your own well-being will lead to neglecting your loved ones or falling behind in your responsibilities? For most of us, especially working moms, guilt often accompanies the desire to prioritize ourselves. While we may know that self-care is not selfish, when it comes time to put ourselves first, we become reluctant. Most of us tend to move our personal needs to the bottom of the list, especially when life gets busy. The good news is that it is possible to train your brain to prioritize self-care. Virtual classes can be the easiest way to begin. With instruction available at your fingertips, you can easily pencil in 5-15 minutes into your day. Remember, taking time for yourself is an act of self-love that replenishes your capacity to care for others. The benefits of virtual classes will extend far beyond your mat, creating a ripple effect of positivity that touches your family, work, and relationships.

As you delve into the world of in-person and at-home virtual classes, you will cultivate harmony, relieve the symptoms of stress, and bring more peaceful moments into your daily life. In a world that often demands more than it gives, it is up to you to make yourself a priority. A hybrid experience including yoga, meditation, and Pilates instruction will offer you the tools needed to navigate life with grace, resilience, and above all, a sense of profound well-being.

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