Get Well

Learning to Work Out Your Inner Self

by Maggie Suszka

While many of us have heads that are still spinning and hands that are trying to remember to write or type 2020 instead of 2019, others have fully launched into a world of wellness focused regimens for the new year. For many, it’s working out to get their bodies lean and mean for the months and eventual summer to come. 

However, some individuals are becoming more aware and educated on the importance of their mental and spiritual being. One could say wellness is becoming multidimensional, and Taylor Morrison is leading that revolution in the heart of the Midwest in Chicago with Inner Workout

The short of it: Inner Workout is a 60 minute wellness class that blends movement, breathwork, meditation, and journaling to help people build the skill of self-care.

The light bulb moment took place in March 2019 before a yoga class. “I had the thought, ‘“You should create a self-care class’.”  The idea sounded almost like an audible voice! I knew I wanted to develop a practice that felt restorative in the moment and also helped individuals build the skill of self-care,” said Morrison. 

Introducing people to Inner Workout has been a vulnerable experience for Morrison. She explains that asking people to trust her to co-create a transformational space with them is something she does not take lightly. But ultimately, it is a beautiful thing to watch people experience the practice for themselves.

“Inner Workout is really designed to help people practice self-care in a meaningful, sustainable way. It’s rooted in the kosha model, the Vedantic concept that we have different layers to our being,” shares Morrison. “So, Inner Workout isn’t just focused on caring for your physical self but also accessing and caring for your energy, your mind, your wisdom, and your bliss. It’s a truly holistic practice with benefits both on and off the mat.” 

The idea of multidimensional wellness echoes in her last sentence. Morrison firmly believes that each class will give you exactly what you need – as long as you are really listening to yourself and responding with love. 

“I think the biggest benefit of Inner Workout is that it gives individuals 60 minutes to get to know themselves better,” she said, “Each class is cued in a way that encourages people to tap into what they need in any given moment. It’s not often that we allow ourselves the space to do what we need rather than what we think we ‘should’ be doing.” 

Even Morrison is no stranger to burnout. She stressed that she is very intentional about practicing self-care for her own wellbeing. “I’m not naturally gifted in this area. My tendency is towards workaholism. But I think that’s exactly why I’m doing this. I’m building the company and the practice that I need,” said Morrison. Her own deep dive into examining and taking a hard look at her self care practices is what birthed the idea in the first place. 

Currently, Inner Workout classes are being offered exclusively in Chicago, in swanky partner spaces from Ace Hotel to the American Rhythm Center. They are striving to travel and have a handful of pop ups in other cities in 2020. Their on demand Foundations Series is also available for purchase online.

If you’re looking for words of wisdom from Morrison, especially if you’re on the brink of burnout, she stresses to listen within. “Find a minute each day to check in with yourself. Maybe that’s through sitting in silence, doing a body scan, or jotting down notes. Become a student of yourself. Then start to use the data you’ve gathered to respond to your needs with love,” she said. 

Feature Image via Vanessa Granda

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