DeepBeats // Deep House Yoga at House of Yes
My real friends know that one of my deepest passions is music. Specifically, I love electronic music, mainly trance and house with a side of techno. Recently I’ve gotten more and more into deep house music, known for its slower tempos, muted basslines, and soulful vocals. While not as upbeat and high energy as my beloved trance, it’s groovy and perfect for chill sessions, boat parties, and…yoga!
About DeepBeats // Deep House Yoga
My friend Lea shares my affinity for electronic music, and came across DeepBeats Deep House Yoga at House of Yes. DeepBeats // Deep House Yoga is the brainchild of DJ George Faya, who saw it as an answer to New Yorkers’ desire for health-conscious clubbing. The amazingness of Deep House Yoga is that you’re able to combine the usual mind/body benefits of yoga, but it’s beautifully enhanced by listening to house, deep techno and nu-disco. The combo of sounds and yoga just mesh so well together, that you wonder why it hasn’t been done before, and more often. I couldn’t wait to try it so we grabbed our yoga mats and made the trek to Bushwick, Brooklyn.
House of Yes
House of Yes is the perfect location for Deep House Yoga. It has amazing decor – it’s artistic and it’s colorful and it’s funky…kind of like deep house music. You feel like you’re in a space where anything goes – no judgement exists here.
You set up your mat wherever you like, and since I don’t do yoga that often I opted to go toward the back of the room. As my confidence grows I will move closer to the front, and I plan on coming back time and time again. The room always fills up, so make sure to arrive a little early to get a prime spot.
DeepBeats Deep House Yoga features Vinyasa flow, which is my favorite kind of yoga. You’re literally flowing the entire class, which goes along perfectly with the grooves of the music. I also prefer Vinyassa because I feel like I’m getting the best workout, as well as stretching parts of my body that I normally wouldn’t. It’s not until I took Deep House Yoga that I realized how much I DON’T stretch in my usual gym classes. We’ll always do a quick 5 minutes at the end of each class, but it always feels rushed and like it’s an afterthought. With yoga, I really feel like stretching is part of the entire experience. As you age your flexibility will become more and more important, so in the new year I’m making it a goal to do yoga about once a week to retain and improve upon my flexibility.
DJ George Faya has his perch at the front of the class, and a yoga instructor will stand up there to lead the class and guide you through all of the moves.
You can expect the usual poses like Chaturanga, Upward-Facing Dog, and Downward-Facing Dog, as well as more challenging positions like Crain pose and Chakrasana. If you’re new to yoga, do not fear. The room is dark and everyone’s focused on their own inner journey, so you’ll feel comfortable if you need to bow out from certain poses. For example, I would love to be able to do Crain pose but it’s just not happening YET.
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose)
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose)
Viparita Virabhadrasana (Reverse Warrior)
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
The backdrops on the screen show nature and water, furthering the flow theme. And believe me, these images help when you know you’re going to enter a polar vortex the moment you step outside of House of Yes once class is over.
Refreshments – Revive Kombucha
Another awesome benefit to Deep Beats Yoga is that Revive Kombucha always provides ice cold drinks before class. If you haven’t tried kombucha yet I highly recommend it, both for its health benefits and general yumminess. Kombucha tastes similar to a soda in that it’s slightly carbonated, but it’s actually fermented black or green tea made with bacteria, yeast and sugar. I know my description isn’t really making you want to run to the store and buy some, but I promise they taste good and because it is fermented, it provides a ton of probiotics and vitamin B. Revive Kombucha comes in flavors like Tropic Wonder (orange cayenne), Free Ride (hibiscus flowers) and Campfire (green tea with toasted rice).
And here’s the man behind DeepBeats Deep House Yoga – DJ George Faya.
Finally, I had to get a few shots of House of Yes in the daylight since most people are likely to visit when it’s pitch black outside.
This is a separate room with a bar area.
House of Yes’s outdoor patio, which must be amazing during summertime.
An obligatory selfie of course.
I love partying and clubbing just as much as the next person, but there’s something incredibly refreshing about leaving House of Yes with a relaxed body, clear mind, and general sense of contentment. Besides, an amazing brunch (and cocktails) wait just across the street at Sea Wolf.
To try DeepBeats // Deep House Yoga, visit their website for their schedule of events.
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