Have you ever gotten tired of the bar scene, wished there was something else to do besides drink on a Friday night and feel terrible the next day?
Enter Future Sound of Yoga, a night of yoga set to a cool blend of incredible DJ music. I decided to try a session recently. Arriving at Paddington Uniting Church I was greeted by a long line of fellow yogis waiting to enter. We took off our shoes at the entrance and went into the beautiful space that has high ceilings, a huge floor space and dramatic artwork on the walls.
The lighting is spectacular, blue and purple lights create the vibe for what you can feel is going to be a unique yoga experience.
Angel, the vibrant yoga teacher bounds into the room, full of smiles and good energy. Her husband Matt is at the front of the room setting up the DJ music. Angel explains the session for the night, which is flow yoga, which means slower a slower pace of yoga set to 'uplifting beats and soothing sounds'. Matt deejay's music such as Moby, Bjork and Leftfield among many other awesome artists. Other nights offer fire yoga, which is more dynamic and involves free style dancing.
The session begins and we are doing simple yoga poses repeating on each side at our own pace. I really dig it, as I feel in a yoga class things can tend to go too fast and you don't spend enough time in each pose. With this style of yoga I was able to luxuriate in each pose really feeling the sensation of stretching the body, relaxing into each pose at my own pace. The accompanying music fills our ears and I feel my heart soar on the wings of the uplifting beats that Matt provides.
The class goes for two hours, beginning with a seated posture and moving into warm ups. Then we practice a yoga flow and do some partner work which is nice to meet new people, then moving into a cool down. The time passed so quickly and by the end I felt so chilled out and happy.
I spoke with Angel and Matt afterwards about what they enjoyed most about teaching at Future Sound of Yoga and they said they loved the ability to bring people together through the unique sensory experience of fusing yoga, dance and music. People are able to connect with each other and go out as an alternative to bars.
I was very curious how Matt and Angel came up with the concept of FSOY. Angel said they met in 2005 at a dance event in Glastonbury. They both loved practicing yoga with music on, finding it helped them get out of their heads and into the body. As Angel is a yoga teacher and Matt is a DJ they decided to fuse their passions together and create the Future Sound of Yoga. Lucky for us they did and they live in Sydney, we can go to this unique yoga night easily. FSOY has become quite popular, they tour bringing the joy of yoga and dance to people at yoga/music festivals worldwide.
And don't worry about being an expert at yoga, it is open to all levels. So the next time you are not sure what to do on the weekend, book a Future Sound of Yoga session with your friends. You'll have a fantastic time, guaranteed.