What We Tried: Deep House Yoga, a vinyasa class taught to the soundtrack of a live techno DJ.
Where: On the dance floor of Verboten, a nightclub in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
For How Long: The class lasted one hour.
How It Felt: “There seems to be a movement around ‘wellness clubbing’ right now,” George Faya, Verboten’s co-owner and one of the class DJs, told HuffPost, referencing the increasingly popular sober morning raves that have popped up in cities from Melbourne to San Francisco. “I wanted to integrate health and wellness into my life, and night-clubbing is part of that lifestyle.”
Deep House Yoga takes “wellness clubbing” a step further, creating an opportunity for full-body contemplation in an environment that otherwise may feel incongruous to meditation and reflection. But the unlikely combination worked.
Faya’s mix, which ebbed and flowed with our postures, helped to keep my practice energized and inspired. The video projections of psychedelic winter scenes wrapping around three walls provided calming points of focus. And the darkened environment reminded me that for a full hour, my mind should be dedicated to my body.
Faya added that for many of his students, yoga and live music serve similar purposes. “People find a sense of spirituality through music,” he said. “So this union is not so far-fetched.”
While sweating in Warrior II pose with lights and beats swirling all around me didn’t necessarily bring me closer to a religion, I did feel a little bit like an actual warrior. Continue reading >>