The class begins with a 10-minute relaxed, meditative warm-up. Focusing on breathing and connecting with your thoughts, you quickly forget how packed the room is. However, this is not your typical spiritual yoga class. From Tupac to Florence and The Machine, loud and sometimes profane music begins to energize the room. It’s hard to resist shaking your hips from side to side.
Most traditional yogis likely frown upon the use of Hip Hop music, but the familiar songs provide motivation for regulars and a chance to drown out any pestering thoughts from the previous week. While “Bootilicious” may not aid in any self reflection, “Stronger” by Kanye West certainly does, especially for the newly broken hearted.
In less than 30 minutes, the entire class is dripping sweat from all pores. The large floor-to-ceiling windows that face Boylston Street are now completely fogged over. HHY follows a slightly more advanced practice; think sun salutations, balance poses including headstands and crow. Modifications are always given, but this is not the class to take if you are a genuine yoga beginner. Each sequence is never repeated more than a couple of times, reducing the dreaded redundancy of many yoga classes. There is more focus on building heat within the body and testing ones strength than a traditional restorative class.
HHY quickly turns into unintentional hot yoga as a result of the challenging poses and sheer number of bodies. A towel and bottle of water are highly recommended. The time flies and you leave feeling refreshed, accomplished and in dire need of a shower.
In Back Bay, where the average yoga or Pilates class drop-in will cost you $20-25 per session, BBY is a steal. The studio has been around for over 5 years and it seems like their prices have remained the same. You can drop in for just $15. During the week $5 community classes are also offered. They also offer new member discount packages.
This class is not for people with claustrophobia or new age yogis who love a good sitar track. Planning to try it out? Don’t forget to bring your own mat, towel and water bottle. Back Bay Yoga is at 364 Bolyston Street by the Arlington stop on the Green Line.
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