Y7 Studio Soho

4.5

New YorkYoga,

Review:

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byHannah Sackett, March 6, 2019

Looking to get your yoga on without all of the secretly judgemental “namastes”? Dying to take a class not dominated by impossibly thin pretzel people? Welcome to The Tribe Called Sweat. Here, you aren’t expected to fit into some perfect, “ultra zen” culture (um, was it just us or did that “namaste” kinda sound like a F#ck You?) or to do every pose perfectly. Y7 asks you to bring your badass self on in and do you, baby boo. This brand is the queen of the chic, edgy, non-traditional yoga class and we’ve got four words for you: hot, candlelight, hip-hop, yoga.

This isn’t regular yoga, this is cool yoga. You’ll get the same adrenaline high here as you do from a Barrys or SOUL class. As if its unique style of yoga wasn’t enough, Y7’s culture says “yea we do yoga, but don’t f#ck with us!” The studios are littered with perfectly applicable lines from hip-hop classics or phrases that pay homage to the genre. Their signature class is called “We Flow Hard” and everything from the walls to the gear they sell to the tile in the bathrooms is black. Like our soul. Okay, okay, just kidding …  Our point is: this is an ultra cool experience for the mind and body that, between the bumping music and the darkness, helps you stay in the zone and not feel judged. In fact, you may find a stronger version of yourself through this type of yoga than you do in any bootcamp or HIIT class. Surprised? We were too.

RUNDOWN

WORKOUT

Disclaimer: There’s no difference in class style between We Flow Hard and Hip Hop Sundays. It really just refers to the type of music you’re going to hear. Any other day, you might hear everything from pop to R&B, maybe some house thrown in, whereas Sundays are purist hip hop tracks – #SundayService.

So what EXACTLY are you getting out of this non-traditional yoga quest? An hour long vinyasa flow style class that has three different flows segmented into three different sections. First, you go through a slow burn, breaking down each pose and holding it for several breaths. Second comes “one breath, one movement,” where you flow from one pose to the next in line with your breathing. Finally, you take the flow on your own. At this point, the music goes up and you can start to freestyle a bit by adding additional poses, headstands, maybe even a difficult toehold – whoa, living on the edge! Once you reach that final flow, you think, “Oh man, bring on the savasana” (aka a beautiful mini nap for those who don’t speak yogi). But before you can get to that sweet promised land, you have to get through what is called the “final push” or “final work”. This can range from a one-legged bridge series to an ab crunching boat pose raise and lower to an extra long plank. Unlike a gentle style of yoga, this is a speedy yoga that would work up a sweat even if you weren’t inside a 90+ degree room.

Y7 classes are open to students of truly EVERY LEVEL with modification options being shared like mono at a middle school dance. Plus, you don’t have to be an expert or have a dictionary guide for yoga terminology – everything is described super clearly. If you’re more advanced, there’s tons of time to work on your handstands or inversions. Oh and did we mention that everyone ends up pretty much half naked? Being a truly no judgemental zone and that the studio is a balmy 90 degrees, stripping layers off during practice is fairly common. You’re going to want to leave the long lulus at home and consider bringing a back up tank for after class. You’ll walk out feeling like you sat in the splash zone on a log flume ride – #SweatyAF.     

INSTRUCTOR

At Y7, it’s all about the voice. At this studio, we experience the practice with only the glow of candlelight and mostly with closed eyes, so having a clear voice paired with easy to understand instruction is crucial. In this category, Lauren wins the damn gold medal. Beyond that though, we really struggled to connect to her teaching.

We like our Y7 instructors to feel a bit more personable. Most make themselves vulnerable to us by sharing a dorky personality trait or an embarrassing or frustrating story that we can all empathize with. This sort of allows us to exhale a little deeper because the instructor feels super relatable and human … even if they’re WAY better looking than most of us on our best day.

With Lauren, we never really got that. No edgy remarks or quirky statements, just by the book yoga instruction. We know that seems like a fairly picky comment, but as avid Y7-ers, we know how important that quality is to the overall experience. That’s half the reason we give up our hard earned doll-hairs right? To have a connection with our FitFam.

SPACE

Being in a walk up really hasn’t throw us off of hitting up Y7 classes. Outside of being a reality of space in NYC, it sort of fits in with the overall culture of the brand: sexy in a real and raw sort of way. Plus, the studios use their staircases as a cheeky way to leave you messages like “I’m on a new level” or “I’m all the way up” – one word per stair. Once inside the studio, you’ll find that you have to have a ton of patience getting to a locker, grabbing your mat, and finding a spot in the practice space. The overlap of classes starting and ending results in just a smidge of controlled chaos. A bit of this is alleviated by the fact that Y7 specifically designates separate changing rooms so that the bathroom doesn’t get held up – a godsend in their smaller studio spaces.

We love the location, the staff, and the instagramability. Unfortunately, there are no showers at this location, so this one isn’t a great option for pre-work, lunch time, or pre-happy hour. This isn’t exactly the type of workout you can just towel off or dry shampoo after.

Y7 Studio Soho
4.5

430 Broome Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013
SoHo Yoga $$$

Y7 Studio Soho

SoHo Yoga, $$$

430 Broome Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013