Class Review: I.AM.YOU. Yoga
Class: I.AM.YOU. Yoga
Class Location: I.AM.YOU. Studio (132 Mulberry Street)
Instructor: Lauren Imparato
Class Description: “I.AM.YOU. classes strive to provide a 360-degree sensorial, personal, and exclusive kick-your-ass yoga experience that will rock your mind and body. Classes link breath with creative and athletic movements that are designed for all levels. Each session features music curated by I.AM.YOU’s Resident Mixologist, vintaj, and is influenced by rock&roll, hip-hop, salsa, flamenco and other rhythms from around the globe.” (from the I.AM.YOU. website).
Favorite things about the class:
- Guaranteed physical and mental challenge every class. There are so few yoga classes in the city that can actually kick your ass and get your mind right, AND be theoretically, body/kinesthetically, philosophically accurate and authentic to Tibetian and Indian traditions.
- Music – is always incredible. Every week there is some track that sticks in my head and I have to ask Lauren or Vintaj – the resident dj – about.
- Studio is a gorgeous Nolita loft full of incredible art and photography. The combination of the old wood beams and Mick Rock Bowie photos is not to be missed!
Least favorite things about the class:
- When I am feeling like a bloated lazy ass – it is impossible to slack off and cruise in this class. Lauren is hands on and assists you in your poses. She also seems to have eyes in the back of her head – she knows when your coasting….
- Sometimes I get too into the music and get a little lost in listening to what I am supposed to be doing in the class – a yogic work in progress I guess.
- Its getting more crowded. This used to be my little secret – but now it seems many people have caught on – as they should – its the best class in the city – but I still long for the less crowded days.
Additional Comments: Each class starts with a brief meditation and chanting in Sanskrit, which I have to say for me really is the best way to transition from work/blackberry/city stress into a rigorous yoga practice. Then typically there might be a particular pose Lauren puts the class into that is related to what she is teaching that night, while she gives her often amusing dharma talk that begins with a small moment about city life, being cut off by an angry biker, a curious moment from the ebb and flow of daytime business transactions on Mulberry Street – where the studio is located – and ends with a connection to a modern yoga practice.
The yoga style of class is a very athletic vinyasa flow with other yoga traditions blended in. It starts with surya namaskara A series and pauses to give everyone the opportunity to pick someone or something to dedicate your class to – beyond the spiritual implications – believe me some nights you are going to need another reason outside yourself to push through. Then the music really begins and so does the sweat…a little over an hour later through latin, world, hip hop, and rock you are transformed.
Overall class rating: 5 0ut of 5 stars