We went off on one earlier in the week about how we kind of resent New Years resolutions and are choosing instead to make 2016 a Happy You Year. Of course, it’s very easy to spout inspirational pep talks like that, but it’s hard to imagine what a Happy You Year might really look like. Well, not any more, folks. Community Manager Nicola is here, and today she is imagining how a Happy You Spring might go:
This week Team Wonderush attended an early-morning yoga class. It was traumatic having to get up, but we soldiered on and found a little bit of relaxation in the process. Of course, being based in London, that lasted all of seven seconds. But those seven seconds? Amazing. Here are some of the thoughts we had during our class, which might well be some you’ve had too. There’s no shame in it. Of course, we would say that:
- This is too early.
- I hope I don’t fall asleep if we have to lie on the mat.
- If I do, what if I snore?
- I can’t believe people do this every day.
- Man, I wish I looked like that person.
- Do I have to take my socks off?
- Do people seriously do this every day?
- No. I am an empowered, confident person who does not have these thoughts.
- I really do wish I looked like them, though.
- Ooh, they’ve got their own yoga mat. I bet they’re, like, a pro.
- Are they going to play this music the whole way through? This isn’t-
- Oh, actually, this is quite relaxing.
- Oh my god, I can’t even touch my toes.
- Can I Instagram this? People should know I did this.
- I bet that person’s tshirt never rides up.
- Stop staring at that person’s arse.
- Wait. What was that? I wasn’t listening.
- I don’t have a practise. Should I tell them I don’t have a practise? What’s a practise?
- Wait, my leg’s supposed to go where?
- Don’t fart, don’t fart, don’t fart.
- Don’t giggle, don’t giggle, don’t giggle.
- Man, this is actually pretty hard.
- I am a warrior in my warrior pose and my warrior name is Beyonce Pad Thai. I should probably get my own warrior name and stop stealing Mindy Lahiri’s.
- I don’t understand why people need hot yoga when normal yoga makes me sweat this much.
- I think I’m thinking too much.
- How does everybody just know what this stuff means?
- I wonder if the candles have ever set anything on fire.
- Seriously, don’t fart, don’t fart, don’t fart.
- I wish I’d eaten something before I got here.
- Seriously. Did anyone else just hear my stomach rumbling?
- I should definitely book my yoga retreat when I get home. I wonder if they’ll let me have three months off, or if I should just quit. I wonder how much it costs to get to the Andes.
- Was I always this tall?
- *Mental Facebook status drafting*
- *Mental ‘I’m so relaxed and cultured’ tweet planning*
- I am now officially relaxed. I am calm and centered. Woe betide the first motherfucker who ruins it.
Team Wonderush have all kinds of classes and experiences available across London, so if yoga isn’t your bag we probably have something else you like. You should definitely check out our main site to see what we have going on. We’re adding stuff all the time. We also attend a lot of the events in person, so we’ll probably see you around somewhere.
This week our Class Spotlight falls on Aerial Fit at Skylab Studio. Team Wonderush went to Skylab studio a couple of weeks ago. It was a great class, and a one-of-a-kind experience. We worked muscles we didn’t know existed. We also took some time afterwards to talk to Astra, our taskmaster (in a lovely way) and the lady behind Skylab:
How would you describe your teaching style?
Why would you recommend your class?
Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at Skylab?
What’s your favourite part of London? Any places you’d recommend?
If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?
Class: Aerial Fit
Taught By: Astra
Team Members who tried it: Community Manager Nicola, Business Development Manager Jon
Location: Chalk Farm
Finding the location for Aerial Fit felt like kind of an achievement in itself. Skylab Studio is in Chalk Farm, but it’s down the side of another building and the next-door alley has recently started being developed into a car park. We actually joked that if we never found the place we’d just hang off of some JCBs for a bit. It was lucky that we did eventually find the place, because climbing up building site machinery sounds like the kind of thing they make educational warning videos for school children about.
Definitely do not be put off from looking for the place, though. When you get there Skylab have a loft-type setup, but a cool-and-airy one, rather than the horrible one at the top of your house. It’s all wood floors (crash mats to hand, of course), white walls, and a massive sofa. There are also aerial hoops and silks hanging from the ceiling. So, basically, it is my dream living room.
The class itself is split into three twenty-minute sessions. The first is a series of strength exercises designed to work the muscles used for doing things in the air (you know all of the muscles you never knew existed? Those ones.) After that we had twenty minutes of climbing silks, and twenty minutes of work on the hoop. Or, if you’re like me and have the upper-body-strength of a five-year-old, forty combined minutes of flailing.
This isn’t the kind of fitness class you’re likely to go along to and be great at straight away (and if you are I demand to know how) but that’s totally fine, because it’s an amazing skill, but it is just that – a skill. It takes practise. I’ll be totally honest – when we were trying to climb silks I don’t think my feet left the floor once, which was not through lack of trying. But writing this the next day I definitely know I had a good workout.
It also needs to be said that in the face of pure ineptitude from Team Wonderush, Astra was nothing but encouraging. She offers variations if she thinks it’ll help and straight-up cheerleading if that’s what you need. So if worry about whether you’ll be able to keep up or not is what’s stopping you – don’t let it.
Before the class ended we had a cool-down. Nothing in that moment could have been more appropriate than the start of the very first song, when Ed Sheeran came out with “When your legs don’t work like they used to before”. Except it was mainly our arms and hands. But it’s the thought that counts. Thanks, Ed.
Does exercise in the air take your fancy? Have you, like me, been harbouring fantasies of being an aerial performer for years? Can you reach down and pick up the change I dropped? Seriously, because my arms ache. Visit the main site for your chance to try getting fit in the air – or any of our other classes and experiences – for yourself.