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When it comes to spirituality, some people find pleasure in Organized Religion, others prefer a Solo approach in nature and some do not believe in a higher power—none of these approaches is good or bad.

And some people seem to prefer to sweat. In a recent episode of the Mindbodygreen podcast, psychologist David DeSteno, Ph.D., says that there is another place where you could consider your spiritual side: fitness classes.

Are fitness classes the new faith-based institutions?

“People often say that the body is a temple. This usually means that you have to take care of your body — you have to treat it with respect [and] you have to exercise,” says DeSteno. “But the body is also a vehicle of spirituality and can also be a temple in this way.”

Think about it: Exercise helps you connect with your own body, clear your mind and foster community. In addition, “exercising not only releases endorphins — the chemical responsible for the runner’s High — but also endocannabinoids,” adds DeSteno. “These endocannabinoids bind humans socially”1.”

Research conducted by Emma Cohen, Ph.D., professor at Oxford, also show that group practice promotes social bonding, sharing experiences. And as people feel more connected to each other, “they can actually feel spiritual ecstasy when it reaches the right Level,” he notes.

Some fitness brands even rely on the spiritual experience of group exercises — take SoulCycle, for example. “At SoulCycle, one of the last things people often do at the end of the session is called ‘Mountaineering,'” says DeSteno. “It’s this way of pushing yourself to an increased level of effort and excitement. When these chemicals are released when you do it with others, and especially when you have music in a spiritual context, it can place your mind in that Moment of deep openness. People will cry and feel attached to each other.”

Essentially: If you have ever felt overwhelmed by emotion during a Spinning class, you are definitely not alone.

Especially with institutions like SoulCycle, a large part of the Adoration of its members is based on a connection with the instructors. DeSteno has heard anecdotal accounts from more and more people who consider their fitness trainers to be more than just a trainer and even ask them for serious life advice.

You might compare the urge to confide in a fitness trainer to those who turn to a religious leader. However, DeSteno notes that we do not usually provide fitness trainers with the same consultative training and that they do not necessarily sign up to teach cycling while acting as a life coach.

Although it is always a good idea to build relationships with people you see often, such as fitness trainers, it is also important to remember that your time in a Pilates or cycling class is intended to connect body, mind and even soul, but does not replace therapy.

Other ways to tap into spirituality

For those who prefer to skip the intense training classes, don’t worry, there are many other ways to tap into your spiritual side. Here are some ideas:

Spend more time in nature: Even if you don’t live in the countryside, you can prioritize being present outdoors and practicing your connection with the elements. Lie down in the grass, walk along the water, plant a tree and enjoy your inner connection with nature.

Try meditation: the benefits of meditation depend on the approach. If you want inner peace, try mindfulness meditation. However, you can also experiment with spiritual meditation – here’s how, plus 11 other methods to try.

Practice gratitude: One of the easiest ways to tap into spirituality is to start a gratitude journal. When you write about the things you are grateful for, you feel connected to those around you and find a presence. You may even want to keep a diary several times a day to enjoy the daily benefits, a concept that DeSteno calls “microdosing gratitude”.”

The food to take away

Fitness classes can offer you a Moment to connect with your body, your soul and those around you. However, there are many other ways to connect with your spiritual side, including spending time in nature, meditating, and practicing gratitude. As we said above, spirituality is different for everyone. Fortunately, DeSteno offers several ways to flex your “soul muscles”.”