The yoga boom wasn’t confined to lockdown, according to a new report.
The collective shift towards embracing a slower pace of life was reflected in our workout choices as lower impact exercises reigned in the homes of thousands of Brits.
Without weights and gym equipment at home, many switched to mat-based modes of fitness.
Even if it was reluctant at first, some of us have come round to it, adopting slowness and gentleness more fully – these things don’t have to come at the cost of getting fit.
The pattern is showing in fitness membership brand ClassPass’ studies, which revealed their spa and wellness services were up 74% in July 2021, when compared to the same time in 2020.
Classes that focus on ‘finding your zen’ have also been on the up.
In a move away from high intensity workouts, people are turning to holistic classes that are connected more directly to mental wellbeing.
Yoga, Pilates and stretch classes in particular have been popular, and ClassPass say these types of workouts have ‘proven to be effective stress busters’.
These types of workouts can include ‘relaxing techniques such as guided breathwork and meditation’, making them an experience truly for the body and mind.
Across ClassPass’ top 10 booked appointments, in-person yoga takes the second spot while livestream yoga comes in ninth – in fact, people new to ClassPass are most likely to make this exercise their first booking.
How to do Firelog pose for a low-key, self-care workout pose
Equipment needed: Two or three pillows
1) Take a seat on your pillow with your legs extended in front of you
2) Cross one ankle over the opposite knee
3) Bring the other foot underneath the opposite knee
4) Line up the shins so they are parallel to one another and parallel to the front edge of your mat
5) Find a soft forward tilt in the pelvis
6) If there is a gap between your upper knee and the foot underneath, pop a pillow into this gap for support
7) This is a pose targeting the hips, not the knees, so if you feel a strong pressure in the lower knee, then place the upper foot down in front of the lower shin, to relieve any unnecessary pressure or pain
8 ) Take a deep inhalation into your belly as you slowly lower your chest forwards and lengthen your arms forwards with the back of your palms resting on a pillow or the ground
9) Stay here for 2-4 minutes whilst releasing tension in the jaw and inviting softness into your breath
10) Make sure to come out of this pose slowly and carefully before repeating on the other side
The pose is often used in Blok’s ClassPass yoga classes.
This trend for self-care is feeding into post-workout after-care too, which people are engaging with and investing in more.
Interest in cryotherapy, used to treat body tissue, has been particularly high in London.
The treatment shocks the senses and encourages lymphatic drainage, reducing inflammation and swelling.
Other treatments with a restorative edge, such as acupuncture and cupping, are also on the rise as they help with muscle recovery and healing.
‘Cupping helps to relieve muscle tightness and strengthens the immune system while acupuncture is important for reducing joint pain and inflammation – as well as many other benefits like improving sleep and reducing migraines and menstrual pain,’ they say.
No longer opting for a quick half-hearted stretch and leaving it at that, research shows Brits are thinking about their entire workout process more holistically.
For the first time in the brand’s history, massage is one of the top 10 reservation types on ClassPass.
The pandemic brought us a mix of weird and wonderful trends – here’s one that hopefully sticks.