#WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: A Tribe Called Sweat

Instructor Chloe Mackie aka Liberator of Darkness

If I was to tell you that New York City was to get yet another Yoga studio (which, spoiler alert: I am), you’d probably take a deep sigh and think something like:

1) Please let this one play good hip-hop.

2) Please let this one have a high-temp room that makes me sweat like a wildebeest exactly the way God intended.

3) Please let this one have free WTRMLN WTR’s Watermelon Juice.

Wow, it’s like those Yogis read your mind.

Because now, there’s this: Y7 Yoga Studio (“Y” for yoga and “7” for the seven chakras), a grotto of beat bumping, sweat dripping, Vinyasa, candlelit yoga now open in Flatiron.

The place is cozy, but not tiny. The actual class space held about 25-30 people without being crammed ass to face during downward dog, exposed brick and a hand selected hip-hop soundtrack chosen by the guest DJ (naturally), set the scene for some serious stretching action.

Basically, this is the kind of place that makes a bench-press station seem as current as a Pinto. Sure, they’ve got some touchy-feely stuff that’ll help you tap into your inner well-consciousness-being and the like, but they’ve also got a Vinyasa flow that will give you a run for your money.

The intermediate-athletic flow lead by instructor Chloe Mackie was a bit faster paced than a more traditional practice, but than again everything about Y7 is non-traditional–starting with the lighting, or lack there of. Other than a few candles in the front of the room, it was dark, which I found at first to be terrifying and later more liberating.

Photo: Y7 Studio
Photo: Y7 Studio

Yoga terminology is relatively foreign to me, how the hell was I supposed to look at the person next to me to to make sure I was doing the right thing if I couldn’t see them?! Chloe explained that she would guide us through each order of the asanas once slow, pick up the pace, and then we would continue on our own without her at our own speed.

Luckily Chloe’s a badass instructor who gave clear concise directions of where she wanted our body to be, and when she wanted it to be there. An absolute must when your teaching a room full of slippery sweaty bodies in the dark. The repetitive nature and progressive pace of the sequence helped as well, making it easier to recall the order of the poses when it came time for the freestyle portion. I had plenty of time to explore each posture and work my way into it.

The room is heated enough to loosen your muscles and get your heart rate up quickly, but not bake you alive. The beauty of the dark heat combo is that you loose all sense of embarrassment. It’s simply too hot to worry about whether your boobs are swinging around or how your hair is plastered to your head. In fact, I kind of enjoyed being allowed to just sweat all over the place and not feel out of place.

Inner peace: achieved.

You can rent a mat $2 and sticky towel for $3 at the studio, or bring your own. To all the hot yoga novices like myself, I would highly recommend the sticky towel. I tried bringing my own cheap towel from home, and left looking like a human lint roller. I later found out that the beauty of the sticky towel is that it will better adhere to the mat, and the fabric is almost like a microfiber so it won’t rub off on your clothes like regular towel lint does.

Refresh after class with blow dryers, face towelettes, deodorant, dry shampoo (in lieu of showers) and plastic bags to put your sweaty clothes in. There aren’t any lockers, so leave your Rolex at home.

Maybe you’re the type of person who likes to have “fun.” Or move your body around to “music.” Or say things like “Om.” If so, this place is going to make a whole lot of sense to you.

 

New student special. $45/two week unlimited OR $99/one month unlimited.

 

Y7 Studio 
25 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
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Samantha Datz graduated from The University of Tampa with a BS in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. She is a fitness expert with a passion for motivating and inspiring others. Samantha’s versatile teaching style combines many fitness trends, keeping her on the cutting edge. Her certifications include Level II Peak Pilates Instructor, Xtend Barre™, TRX Suspension Training, SpringTone® and the CoreAlign® method. Today, Samantha’s business includes private training, small group training and teaching expert level fitness classes at New York’s elite Pilates studio Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates, as well as world renowned health clubs Reebok Sports Club/NY and The Sports Club/LA. Samantha’s regimen involves sports specific training, and post physical rehabilitation. She has trained top professional athletes such as Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reggie Brown. She has also trained celebrities such as Sir Ian McKellen and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Victoria’s Secret runway models, and dignitaries such as Prince Osman of Turkey. Samantha has appeared on various media outlets; she was showcased in South Tampa Magazine with “The Best of the Best Fitness Instructors” mentoring a competitor in the Biggest Loser Competition. She has been featured as a Pilates expert training co-hosts Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards of the nationally syndicated Daytime television show. Samantha’s newest endeavor is becoming the Fitness Director for Sharetheglam.com. Samantha’s fitness training means achieving fitness and balance on three levels: the emotional (The Mindset), the spiritual (The Motivation), and the physical (The Movement). She helps her clients reach their full potential by focusing her training on utilizing proper body mechanics when exercising to help the body operate at peak efficiency without hurting itself.Contact her at sDatz@sharetheglam.com!