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Area gyms and yoga studios offering free classes online

Posted: 3:20 PM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 19:36:13-04
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LEXINGTON, KY (LEX 18) — Feeling restless or in need of exercise? There's an app for that. Many local gyms and yoga studios are now bringing their services online to make sure people are still taking care of their physical health while so many are cooped up indoors.

"Right now is the best time to dial in on your fitness, " said Lauren Colston, GM of Lexington's BodyFit.

Colston said as soon as they got word that they would be forced to close their doors, they knew they wanted to go online.

"So Facebook Live workouts is what we rolled with. Our team was, from the very beginning, like 'yes I want do live workouts, yes.' We were like okay perfect this is going to work out because so many people wanted to go live on our team, " Colston explained.

Their instructors and personal trainers are going live from their own individual homes, providing a variety of workouts multiple times a day, completely free.

Colston said, "You'll see their pets in there, their kids running through the screen because that's kind of what we're all going through right now."

Molly Hogan of Creative Yoga said her mindset was similar. She took the lead from fellow yogi Lissa Sims and started doing classes on Periscope.

"It's a nice way to have a little normalcy in this crazy time that we're in, " Hogan explained.

Even for people who have never tried yoga before, Hogan said, now might be a perfect time to tend to yourself in this way.

"This is a great time for people to not have the mirror in front of them, not being worried about other things around them and just truly try a pose they've never tried before or even step on their mat for the first time, " Hogan said.

Yogi Lissa Sims said, " I've been amazed at how wonderful it feels to connect with other people who are home alone. It has helped me and from what I hear it helps others as well."

The women agree it would be wonderful to see everyone in person once things return to normal, but for now they feel grateful that they can still reach people both near and far, maintaining a sense of community during this uncertain time.

"I think when we all are showing up on our mat at the same time, even when we're in different locations, it's just a nice little energy shift as well to know that we're all doing it together, " Hogan said.

To follow along with BodyFit's trainers head to their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bodyfitlexington

They also offer their classes on a free app. If you are interested, email: INFO@BODYFITLEXINGTON.COM

To access Molly Hogan's yoga sessions follow her on Instagram for updates as well as access to her Periscope link:
@mollyfhogan

For more mindful, slower paced yoga sessions follow along with yogi Lissa Sims at:
lissasims.com