by Sunee LaClaire
Ahhh technology. It makes our lives easier (sometimes) while simultaneously getting us completely hooked. Having a mini computer in your hand could become a blessing or a curse and the determining factor is of course how you use it. Just like the technological advances that came before, the phonograph, the photograph, the moving image, smartphones can be used to educate, communicate, and elevate our human experience, if that is how we choose to use them. One small way to use your phone for good is to download the MindBody app and use it to book your classes.
Here are my top 8 reasons why booking classes (and services) through the app is so great.
1. See the schedule in real time.
Last minute substitutions won’t ever surprise you since the schedule is not only updated in real time and if you pre-registered for a class, you can automatically be emailed if a teacher gets a sub.
2. Book your classes instantly.
If you already have a package, you can book your classes with a tap of the screen. If you need to buy classes, it will take a couple of extra taps, but less than a minute.
3. See all the upcoming events at a glance.
You can preview all of the upcoming events on the studio page to plan when you’d like to attend your next workshop or special class series.
4. Leave a review.
Loved a specific class or teacher? Leave them a review. Positive feedback does wonders. ?
5. Quick and easy check in.
When you register for classes in advance, your name already appears in the check in app when you arrive at the studio and all you have to do is click, ‘check in’ and glide into class.
6. Track your classes and your steps.
Did you know that you can connect your fitness tracker to the MindBody app so you can track fitness activities that happen in class?
You can also see a record of all of the classes you have been attending, which can come in very handy for rebooking that class you loved but teacher’s name has escaped you.
7. See last minute deals.
Studios offer last minute deals on classes and you can see them all in the app.
8. Book other services
Mindbody is not only used by fitness class providers. Beauty and wellness practitioners use the system as well which means that you can use the same app to book appointments for all types of services.
At YogaSole, pre-booking your classes is just a suggestion. As a community studio, we always hold spaces for walk-ins. Registering for classes in advance does have advantages. When we know to expect people we can help make sure they have an appropriate spot and help them get props set up before they even walk in the door. Many students have told us that they like to make reservations in advance to help them stay committed to their practice. Since the system sends an email reminding you that you signed up to attend class, it can be a good nudge to get on your mat.
We also receive questions about why people might not wish to sign up for classes in advance and many of them are about the cancelation policies. We have developed generous cancelation terms, some of the most fair we have seen in the industry. If you are unable to make it to class, you can cancel up until 30 minutes before class starts directly through the app or the website. As a smaller studio with limited space and in order to be fair to and respectful of the other students, we will deduct 1 class or the cost of the class from your account if you don’t make it and don’t cancel in advance. We also ask that you arrive early to class to settle in as we close classes 3 minutes after the scheduled start time to prevent disruption during opening meditation and warm up.
Have questions? We have answers! Let us know via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (718)635-1958