How to use virtual yoga classes to help hotel guests unwind
We’ve all experienced stress while travelling. Delayed flights, long car drives, heavy luggage... Fortunately, yoga and other wellness activities are the perfect way for guests to alleviate tension before or after a long journey, loosen up any niggles or aches and reset.
Read on to find out how you can best use virtual yoga classes to help your guests unwind.
How do yoga classes release stress?
Yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises are excellent ways to help guests reduce stress, replenish energy, and enhance their overall well-being.
Yoga encourages mental and physical relaxation, with postures that promote flexibility, relieve tension, and alleviate pain. It also promotes the release of mood-boosting endorphins, which are the feel-good hormones that can positively affect how you handle stress.
As guests practice, they should be able to feel at one with their body, thoughts, and feelings, and find it easier to let go of travel tension.
But how do you go about making sure your guests can access a relaxing yoga class in a way that makes them comfortable and at a time that suits them?
Best ways to offer virtual yoga classes to promote relaxation
The world of virtual wellness has opened so many avenues for travellers to access their wellness routines when on the move. To make the experience as simple and relaxing as possible, consider offering a few of the options below.
Independent or group virtual yoga classes
Not everyone is comfortable exercising in company; some prefer solo relaxation over group settings. Offering your guests a variety of ways to experience your virtual yoga classes means they can choose an option that they are comfortable with.
Hotels welcome visitors from all corners of the globe. Whether you have guests arriving late after a long journey, or they are struggling to sleep due to jetlag, offering 24/7 access to a virtual wellness platform can help them relax and recover more quickly.
Make choosing a class simple
We’ve all spent hours scrolling through our TV streaming service trying to find something we want to watch, but the choice can be overwhelming. The same can apply to virtual wellness. To avoid a frustrating search, offer your guests a carefully curated selection of premium classes.
With Earth+Sky, you can be sure that every one of our classes has been produced to the highest quality, meaning an exceptional experience every time. And with just over 40 classes there’s a wide, but not overwhelming, variety of options.
On-demand or scheduled classes?
If you have a studio at your hotel, you can make classes available on a scheduled timetable or through an on-demand platform. Both options have their advantages.
On-demand allows your guests to select classes, normally via a wall-mounted tablet. This means they have the flexibility to choose the class they want at a time that suits them. However, this can sometimes mean that the studio could be occupied when a guest goes to use it.
Offering a scheduled timetable combined with on-demand services creates the perfect balance between reliability and flexibility. It means guests don’t need to think about what class to select and can simply head to the studio at the right time.
To ensure you capture the needs of all your guests, consider offering a blended timetable, with a few scheduled classes throughout the day, and on-demand blocks in-between.
Give your guests everything they need
Though yoga can be performed with nothing but floorspace, it’s better done with a few accessories, the bare minimum being a yoga mat. But mats are reasonably bulky things to transport, especially when flying.
Consider providing mats, blocks, and blankets to elevate your virtual yoga classes. If offering an in-room option, a real perk for the guests would be to find everything they need right there in the room when they arrive or provided as part of a bespoke check-in service to interested guests.
Extend the experience
Let your guests start their wind-down before they even set foot in your hotel using a virtual wellness app.
Through pre-arrival communication, you can give your guests access to a platform where they can start their wellness journey at a time that suits them from any digital device. Bringing their wellbeing into the foreground beyond their physical stay will help build excitement and elevate their experience to a whole new level.
One or a mix of a few of these methods can help you create the perfect solution to offer your guests virtual wellness classes.
If you are interested in further exploring how virtual wellness classes can enhance your guest experience, get in touch with our team today. We are experts in crafting truly outstanding virtual experiences and work with you from concept to delivery to capture your every need.