Hip Hop Yoga!
The word yoga and nightclub in the same sentence reminds me of my roaring twenties. I’d party all night and then repent in the morning with a hot yoga class. I thought a hot yoga class would simultaneously sweat out my hangover and purify my soul. It helped a little with the hangovers; I’m still actively working on the soul part.
So, when I heard there was an opportunity to practice yoga in a nightclub, I danced all over it. Class was held at City Nights nightclub. People lined up their mats low on the dance floor and up high where the VIP folks normally hang. Of course, I decided to be a baller and practice up top but the only bottle I enjoyed was smart water. The view did not disappoint, people turned their glow sticks into a variety of accessories such as: anklets, bracelets and headbands. The best part was watching everyone uninhibitedly jam out. Class was choreographed by Libby Murfey; she had a really fun nature about her. I was impressed with her ability to simultaneously groove and guide us through practice.
We bopped in and out of crescent lunges and warrior poses, we tapped our feet out in chair pose and we got low, low, low in star pose. Every time I am in tree, I think of staring up at a big and beautiful sun, this time, I got to salute a disco ball. I felt the energy rise when Drake’s Hotline Bling came on and people went bananas when Silentó’s Watch Me followed. A lot of us made up the moves but that was the fun part, not caring if you got it right or wrong.
The practice of physical yoga is to help provide a deeper mind-body connection and to help prepare for meditation. A lot of people get caught up with aiming for perfection in poses, which is really not the intended outcome of a practice. This class truly allowed people to get into the present moment by enjoying each move regardless of alignment or precision. I consider that a good night at the club.