We’ll come clean right now- it can sometimes be difficult to get Team Wonderush to exercise. Put us in an aerobic workout context and the shocking extent of our unfitness becomes depressingly clear. Get us into something low-impact like yoga, and we turn into giggling children. But then we met Disco Yoga. It is so much fun. We had to catch up with Sarah Hunt and find out more about how this awesome class came into being:
How did you get into what you do?
I went to my first yoga class by mistake. I had just moved to a new area in Vancouver and there was a gym across the road. I had never been drawn to gyms but I decided to sign up for a pass. I used to walk around the weight room, not knowing what to do. One day, I decided to leave shortly after I had arrived and the receptionist caught me. He laughed and suggested a yoga class that was just about to start. I was reluctant but went anyway. I fell in love with yoga instantly! Within a short time, I signed up for a yoga teacher training course.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Energising sequences to stretch and strengthen our bodies mixed with calming and restorative poses to relax and nourish our minds. My teaching style is light hearted, upbeat and playful, but also relaxing and balancing.
how did you come up with the idea for disco yoga? And why would you recommend it? You used to be a celebrity instructor – are there any celebrities that are into disco yoga?
I come from a family where there was always music and dancing going on – whether it was in the kitchen while getting dinner ready or at family reunions with anyone from grandparents to children involved. Once I started doing yoga, I found the sequences to be similar to dance routines. When I started doing yoga at home, I would crank the music, dance around and throw in some yoga poses. Kind of like a yoga dance party! I figured I wasn’t the only one who would like this so I decided to start a fun yoga class in a funky space in East London. It was originally going to be any style of upbeat music but in one of the first few classes, a disco song came on by mistake. The class loved it and requested more of these songs. From that night on, the class became “Disco Yoga”!
Why would I recommend it? Many reasons but mainly because:
-There is always a dance party…and dancing is such a release
-It’s a way to let go of structure, rules and adulthood for an hour
-It’s the perfect balance of movement, celebration, laughter and relaxation
Celebrities into Disco Yoga…Sure! In the comfort of their own home, with their friends and their song requests
Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
I have always been a daydreamer. At a young age, I used to stare out the school window and imagine all the fun and exciting things that were going on in the real world…while I was learning about fractions. I wanted to be a grown up, but maintain the playfulness of a child. Now I always make sure to ask myself – would my inner child approve of this? It’s a good way to check in and make sure there is a good dash of nonsense in your life. Perhaps this isn’t surprising…
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Travel! It doesn’t matter if I’m taking a day trip to a nearby town or travelling across the globe. I absolutely love exploring new places and cultures. I even love the process of getting there. When I’m on a plane, I’m the most inspired and always make sure to bring a pen and paper. This is when I have many creative ideas flowing and I now call them “airplane insights”. In the past few years, my job and travelling have blended together so I couldn’t be happier. Looking down at tiny houses, cars and landscapes while speeding through clouds is the best way to experience the vastness of the world and put life into perspective. It’s the closest thing to time travel!
What’s your favourite part of London? Any places you’d recommend there?
The thing I love about London is that there are so many amazing areas within one big city. I’m lucky that I get to travel around London all day for work and I often do star shapes of the tube map in a day. It’s an great opportunity to explore all of London’s different places. If I had to pick a favourite area, I would have to say the one where I live…Broadway Market. I ended up there by fluke and I instantly loved it. My favourite spots are London Fields for a picnic on a sunny day and The Dove for a cosy pub experience on a rainy day.
If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?
Time travel. Hands down! I am dying with curiosity to experience the roaring 20’s and the psychedelic 60s!
If Disco Yoga sounds like it’s up your street, don’t forget to book your tickets here and give it a try!