One of my favorite things to do while traveling is checking out local fitness studios and stay on top of trends. I had a quick 36 hour trip to NYC last weekend for my niece’s birthday and thought that the perfect time to pop into a new class. Hip Hop Hot Yoga? Namaste yes!
Hip Hop Hot Yoga? Namaste Yes!
As I have mentioned recently, I am kind of obsessed with yoga at the moment. I recently wrote about why I think it’s so important for runners to incorporate it into their routines. “Y7” was a NYC Yoga studio I’ve been wanting to try and happy to find a “hip Hop hot yoga” class that I could squeeze into my weekend trip. Hip Hop Hot Yoga sounded like a crazy cool combo and I honestly was not sure what to expect at all. Would it be “dance-y”? Loud? Fun? I seriously had no idea but definitely wanted to find out.
Y7 Studio- Flat Iron District
I am always surprised by how small studios are in New York City as I am used to spacious entryways and huge locker rooms in my suburban classes in the Northern Virginia area. As we ascended the narrow stairway up to the Y7 studio, I could feel the temperature rising. Entering the check in area, there was a hustle and bustle that felt very “New York”. Very fit, scarcely dressed and very sweaty yogis leaving the previous class looking accomplished.
Stepping into the yoga studio, it took a few seconds for my eyes to adjust to the darkness. The candlelit room was really quite dark. We quickly arranged our mats according to the markers on the floor. Close, but not too close to the yogini, next to me. So the Hip Hop part? Today’s class was Rihanna themed and I was comforted that I knew most of the songs.
Unlike a typical yoga class where music is more of a background, this Hip Hop Hot Yoga class had more of a night club feel. There were no mirrors in the room which I am a fan of. How many times have I thought I was really looking like a yoga pro only to glance in the mirror and see how ridiculous I look. Yep we’ve all been there! This way, you just flow without any idea of how you look.
The flow is definitely much faster than a typical hot yoga class. It helps to have some knowledge of basic yoga poses so you can easily follow along with the instructor’s cues. A few times during the hour, we instructed to do a free flow for a few minutes.
I was not sure how hip hop and yoga could actually blend together but Y7 makes it work. They do “flow hard” and it’s a nice change of pace. You kind of have to “go with the flow!” One of the most unique yoga experiences I’ve ever had and a fun morning.
Would you give it a try? What do you think about Hip Hop Hot Yoga?