FINDING NIRVANA WITH SWEAT AND SOUND
BY SARA DARLING
Sometimes you find a yoga class that’s so good you don't want to tell anyone else about it.
But sooner or later you realise that sharing is powerful, and you want to shout it from the rooftops. The Sweat and Sound collective is a mixture of secrecy and sharing. A private member's yoga club if you like, where you work out to live music, in an exclusive location which is only announced the day before the event.
Keeping it low-key is part of the intimacy of the event, and means that it can be a personal journey for all participants. With each event meticulously themed, with equipment and snacks provided, clients just have to turn up to get transported into a secret hideaway.
Along with an adrenaline-boosting workout, Sweat & Sound experiences showcase the subtle art of creating an emotional experience and the power of sharing. Even if you come alone, back to back mediation with your neighbour is much more rewarding than doing it by yourself.
Founded by Ariana Alexander-Sefre, a dancer with over twenty years’ experience, Sweat & Sound offers a unique fitness experience which is a source of enlightenment as well as being endorphine busting, using two non-discriminatory things in the world – sport and music.
Joining one hundred other yoga bunnies in the stunning surroundings of St George’s church in Holborn, was a magical experience; With live music coming from Ailsa Tully, and yoga guru Hannah Mae leading the practice, the class was transported into Paolo Coelho’s story of The Alchemist, whilst flowing through the moves.
From the mystical plains of Andalusia to the pyramids in Egypt, the focus was on harnessing our intuition, and recognise our heart's truest desires which was a great focus during the progressive yoga moves, and listening to beautiful live music from the three piece band was as uplifting as relaxing.
Followed by wind down meditation, we layered up and were offered drops of vegan skincare, Five Dot Botanics to rub on the skin, which were filled with nourishing botanical nutrients and further absorbed by the frequency of the music.
When the practice ended, it was as it something new had been reignited in me. Energised, focused and ready for anything, I supped a CBD tea, and floated home.
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