Simple Ways to Take Care of Your Mind and Body While You Ride Out the Safer-at-Home Order

From Instagram dance classes to free guided meditation, some ways to stay physically and mentally fit

One of these days, gyms will reopen and in-person therapy will resume, but in the meantime, here are some pleasant ways to keep your mind and body fit during quarantine.

Sweat it out

Ryan Heffington, a noted choreographer—he’s the genius behind Sia’s “Chandelier” video—and owner of Silver Lake’s the Sweat Spot, is holding regular dance classes on Instagram live (@ryan.heffington) that are cathartic and joyous, with an occasional booty break to twerk things out. Classes are free, but donations are encouraged. Even if you can’t spring for a Peloton, you can still get a good Peloton workout. The company is offering a free 90-day trial of its app, which includes a number of options, from strength training to stretching, that don’t involve spinning. Many are just ten or 20 minutes, perfect for a stealth WFH break.

Stretch it out

Stay relaxed and limber—makeshift home office be damned—with online yoga classes. Mini-empire One Down Dog is streaming classes via Zoom, and virtual yogis can attend their first one for just $5. Several options are offered each day, from disco flow to prenatal to kids. Ellen Huang Saltarelli, a popular Eagle Rock teacher known for using props, is livestreaming donation-based sessions on her website several times a week. Roam, with locations in Frogtown and Silver Lake, has also gone online with several level-specific offerings each day.

Pro Tip!

“Running is a great source of cardio. Keep it interesting and challenge yourself by doing intervals: set a timer, run for one minute then walk for one minute. Repeat for ten to 20 minutes. Be cautious when running outside and make sure to keep social distance. I’ve been going early in the mornings when no one is around.”

Bec Wilcock
Nike Running Coach

Find inner peace

Now is probably an ideal time to take up that meditation you’ve been meaning to get to for years. Yoga Nest Venice is posting free meditations on SoundCloud. The DEN, with locations in Studio City and La Brea, has a range of daily streamed classes, from self-compassion to breath work. Single sessions start at $10 each or opt for a subscription if you plan to stick with it. Unplug is also conducting its myriad classes online, from sound healing to breath work. One-shots are $24, but there’s an intro deal with two weeks of unlimited sessions for $35.

Keep your kids moving

You’re not the only one who needs to stay active. British fitness guru Joe Wicks (@thebodycoach), who has more than 3 million Instagram followers, is running free daily PE classes for elementary schoolers. The classes are about a half hour and feature plenty of running in place, shadow-boxing, and other potentially exhausting moves. For younger children (three and up) check out Cosmic Kids on YouTube for yoga and mindfulness videos with elaborate animated back-drops and storytelling elements.

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