Vogue sums up the Y7 experience when they call it "yoga for people who put on gangsta rap and and handle it.” Don't get us wrong, we love a good yoga class, but sometimes the music and vibes of a traditional studio makes us want to stay in savasana the whole time. Between the toasty room (between 80 and 90 degrees), perfectly curated hip-hop playlist, and the spiritual gangster energy, Y7 takes a refreshing approach to traditional yoga.
The Sweat Scale
Hot yoga is definitely not for everybody, but Y7 classes are not quite as uncomfortably warm as other hot yoga. The room is warm enough to make you nice and flexy, but not so much so that you get light-headed or dizzy. Y7 has a warm (literally) and inviting atmosphere – no need to feel intimidated if you can’t touch your toes. Instructors take a “do what you can” approach to class, making all students feel comfortable and at ease and allowing you to cater how hard you work and ultimately how sweaty you get.
Y7 offers two classes, “WEFLOWHARD™ VINYASA” and “WEFLOWHARD™ SLOW BURN.” As you can assume from the titles, the vinyasa class is a bit more fast-paced than “slow burn,” both, however, are killer workouts. The classes are 60-minutes of moving and breathing with intention, all while hip-hop/R&B songs play in the background. AKA everything you love about yoga, but with better background music. Slow burn classes focus more on isometric poses, while vinyasa classes are more breath/movement-oriented. Regardless of which class you pick, you’re guaranteed to #getsweaty as you “flow hard." Whether you’re a tried and true yogi or have never even heard of “downward dog," you are welcome at Y7. All they ask is that you come with an open mind and are ready to take an “hour long vacation of body exploration, transformation and movement.”
What to Wear and How to Prepare
Although it’s not oppressively hot, the Y7 studios get very warm very fast, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re well-hydrated beforehand. Make sure to have a light snack at least an hour beforehand so that you leave class feeling strong and tired, not weak and hangry. Your clothes will likely be drenched in sweat by the end of class no matter what you wear, but we suggest leggings and an airy tank. Mats are available for rental for $2 and skidless towels for $3. Keep in mind that Y7 is a cash-free studio and only accepts credit and debit cards for payment.
Ambiance can truly make or break a fitness studio, especially a yoga studio. Yoga is all about your individual journey as you become stronger and more mindful and the no-mirror, dark, candle-lit atmosphere of Y7 allows you to do just that. The people at Y7 are no yoga snobs. Instructors and students are there to have a sweaty, spiritual and epic practice. No judgment, no cult vibes, no side-eye in the mirror– just a hip-hop oriented yoga studio filled with friendly faces and great tunes. Does it get better than that? As Big Sean would say, blessings on blessings on blessings.