Live Virtual Workouts to Try This Week While You’re Stuck at Home
Get ready to sweat, learn, and eat healthier.
Raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness or the American Parkinson Disease Association this weekend and give your daily walk around the block some new purpose. Both nonprofits will host virtual events in lieu of their annual fundraising walks. Or, mix up your weekly self-care routine with unusual classes like Healthworks Fitness’ Baby Goats Takeover on Thursday, or Down Under Yoga’s Creative Yoga Project series beginning on Sunday evening.
Monday, May 25
Sculpt Live: Sweat Fixx’s sculpt classes nix the cardio for 45 minutes of pure, high-energy strength training. Instructors will push you to pulse, lengthen, and breathe through each challenging move, targeting every muscle in your body while you sweat.
$26, 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m., sweatfixx.com.
Tuesday, May 26
Slow Flow: Five Doors Health + Wellness offers dozens of yin and restorative yoga classes to help you find zen during the stay-at-home order. Class fees are as low as $10, with scholarships available for those in need. True to its name, this slow flow class will move at a gentler pace than a traditional vinyasa, linking every movement with a breath. Every pose is optional or modifiable, and class will conclude with a cozy savasana.
$10-$15, 7 a.m.-8 a.m., fivedoorsyoga.com.
Yoga Sculpt: CorePower Yoga’s virtual studio has expanded, featuring 12 live classes each day hosted by instructors around the country. Catch an evening sculpt class with Boston-based instructor Jacqueline Ro, whose self-proclaimed mission is to create “honest, grounded connection” in the classroom.
$18, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., live.corepoweryoga.com.
Wednesday, May 27
Vinyasa Yoga 101: This YogaWorks class for first-time beginners runs through the vinyasa basics: alignment, breathing, basic postures and relaxation techniques. You’ll need a yoga mat, yoga blocks or hardcover books, a light blanket, and a yoga strap or belt to participate.
$25-$45, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., yogaworks.com.
Thursday, May 28
Baby Goats Takeover: Each week, Healthworks Fitness boasts a killer lineup of classes on their Instagram Live—from kitchen takeovers to self-care tips and sweat sessions. But if there’s anything you don’t want to miss this week, it’s a baby goat celebrity takeover on Thursday afternoon. What better way to spend your lunch break than with some aww-inducing baby farm animals?
Free, 12 p.m., instagram.com.
Meditation for Acceptance: This series of Coolidge Yoga workshops combines group discussion, guided meditation and optional homework to let go of painful expectations, understand causes of suffering, and find freedom through a regular meditation practice.
$40, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., coolidgeyoga.com.
Friday, May 29
Yoga with Quazzy: Brooklyn Boulders instructor Quazzy will lead an hourlong ‘Earth Mind’ flow, part of a series of classes focused on peace and understanding. Though classes will be fun and lighthearted, they will still cover big topics like meditation and philosophy. Flow along with the suggested group playlist, practicing sweat-inducing poses that target your core and hips and challenge your balance and breathing.
Free, 11 a.m., brooklynboulders.com.
Caring for Self in this Time of Crisis: The Girls Rock Campaign of Boston invites educator, facilitator and coach Dr. Liza Talusan for an all-ages lunchtime workshop on pandemic self-care this Friday. Dr. Talusan will talk strategies for self-care to help manage current disruptions in our regular routines and emotions.
Free, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., facebook.com.
Saturday, May 30
Yoga in the Beer Garden (Virtual Edition): Andrea Savino’s hugely popular Remnant Brewing yoga class has gone virtual for the time being, relying on donations to run each Saturday morning. Your favorite hourlong flow challenges the whole body, with an especially tough core circuit in the middle. After you’re done, crack open a cold beer like old times.
$10, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., eventbrite.com.
NAMIWalk Boston 2020: While millions struggle with mental illness exacerbated by the pandemic, show your support by helping raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness this weekend. Walk a 5K from your neighborhood, then share your walk on social media under the hashtag #NAMIMassStrong. If walking is out of the question, you can also show your support through a self-care activity, like baking with your family, practicing yoga or spending time on a soothing craft.
Fundraiser, 11 a.m., namiwalks.org.
Sunday, May 31
New Wave Yoga: Balance your lunar and solar energies with 35 powerful minutes of yoga to the tunes of the B-52s and Blondie. Then, stretch out for 25 minutes to the sounds of Joy Division and Bauhaus. Instructor Crystal Rose will link the 80s new wave Spotify playlist before class begins.
By donation, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., eventbrite.com.
2020 APDA MA 2020 Virtual Walk: Walking for the American Parkinson Disease Association helps raise money for crucial Parkinson’s Disease education and research, as well as patient and family support. Sign up to be a virtual optimism walker, and fundraise online through Facebook. Different fundraising benchmarks will earn different fun prizes—from a signature APDA hat to a shoutout on the organization’s social media.
Fundraiser, 12 p.m.-3 p.m., apdaparkinson.donordrive.com.
Intro to Yogic Philosophy: This Boston Yoga Union workshop explores the adaptation and evolution of yogic philosophy, unraveling the movements you know and love from the spiritual nature of the practice. Participants of all levels are welcome to further their yoga study with instructor Sandy Klemmer. This class will teach historical context, formal definition, key concepts, significant texts and more.
$20, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., bostonyogaunion.com.
A Creative Yoga Project with Katie Robinson: This Down Under Yoga series is designed to help you adopt new, healthy habits and practice creativity in your daily life. With your small group and the guidance of instructor Katie Robinson, you’ll pick a new habit to start, a habit to break, a book to finish and a creative project to work on over the course of three weeks. The first session of this workshop will kick things off with an introduction, goal-setting, yoga, and creative prompts.
$90, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., downunderyoga.com.