I have a new dream job: professional workout tester and reviewer. Does that exist? Seriously, how cool would it be to try every workout in town and write about it? Why it took me so long to come to this realization is beyond me, after this summer of ClassPass and all.
What spurred this idea? Y7 yoga.
I went to a late morning vinyasa flow class at Y7 called “WeFlowHard.” The description says it all:
“We flow through our sequences with intention, braiding postures together that will open, stretch and restore your body from the inside-out…We will peel back the layers through a smart and safe yoga sequence, carefully choreographed to music that ranges from The Weeknd to Stevie Wonder. We ask that you come with an open mind, stripped of any and all expectations you carry of yourself, and take an hour long vacation of body exploration, transformation and movement.”
I described it to my mom as “yoga Beyonce would do” because I just got that Queen Bey vibe. (I’m not cool enough to say that sentence so let’s quickly move on…). It was a heated, candlelit class with slow, powerful music. Think songs with a beat like “Take Me to Church” by Hoizer. The instructor choreographed smooth sequences with a variety of postures.
Speaking of choreography, something that stuck out to me was that the instructor led us through a (somewhat long) sequence twice on each side and then left it up to us to go through twice more. When it was our turn, she blasted the music and we just moved to the beat. I loved that. We didn’t hold any one pose for too long, other than half pigeon at the end. Very flowy and vinyasa-y.
It felt like a trendy workout but it lived up to the hype.
Later at night I was lucky enough to see Manhattanhenge. Manhattanhenge, named after Stonehenge, is when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the grid in Manhattan, lighting up the north and south sides of every cross street. Honestly, it never dawned on me that this didn’t happen all the time, but it makes sense now. After tonight (Monday) this is the last time Manhattanhenge will happen until next year.
Of course, my photos didn’t come out great (reason to upgrade to iPhone 6?), but Google Images makes up for my lack of skill.
I can’t say this was better than watching a sunset on the beach or on the dock near my home (my personal favorite), but it was blindingly beautiful. Literally.