The spir­i­tual fit­ness rev­o­lu­tion

Ex­er­cise, mu­sic and emo­tional re­lease com­bine to make the hottest class in NY and LA. The aim is to find your peace through strength, says Brigid Moss

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How a new US class prom­ises to help you find peace through strength

Taryn Toomey has cre­ated prob­a­bly the most un-bri­tish fit­ness class yet. Sim­ply called The Class, stu­dents are ex­pected to grunt, shout, scream, laugh and/or cry, as well as se­ri­ously sweat. “If you need to laugh, laugh. Weep, weep. We give peo­ple a space to feel, with­out judg­ment,” Toomey says. “This is not about ‘let­ting go’ – it’s about ‘feel­ing it’, so the feel­ing can be felt and pro­cessed.”

Toomey, a dewy-skinned, lithe-limbed, crys­tal­wear­ing, 38-year-old beauty, has cre­ated the hottest-ever mind-body class. It’s not yet in the UK, but in LA, you might bump into Naomi Watts or Jen­nifer Anis­ton, and in New York, Christy Turling­ton Burns. This sum­mer, Toomey launched her own stu­dio in Man­hat­tan’s Tribeca – all crys­tal lights and tour­ma­line-flecked floors – and a Lu­l­ule­mon col­lab, her sig­na­ture pale pal­ette mak­ing for a rail of sim­ple chic in the brand’s Lon­don stores.

Toomey trained as a yoga teacher after quit­ting a ca­reer in fash­ion, lat­terly at Chris­tian Dior. Then,

“after a few years teach­ing yoga, I sim­ply needed more fire in my prac­tice,” she says. “I needed to shake up and clear ‘stuck’ en­ergy, emo­tion, thoughts and residue that had ac­cu­mu­lated in me through­out my life. The Class slowly and or­gan­i­cally de­vel­oped from there.”

In The Class, you’ll sweat out the same move, say, a flow­ing burpee or her “heart-open­ing” arm-flap­ping move, for a whole song. Toomey calls mu­sic her co-teacher. “If one or two songs are quiet and emo­tional, the next song will be ex­plo­sive. This strat­egy, paired with move­ment, breath and sound, cre­ates surges of en­dor­phins that help to clear and flush what­ever emo­tions come up in the body.” It’s a spir­i­tual and fit­ness rev­o­lu­tion: us­ing move­ment to re­lease the emo­tional body. Let’s hope some UK teach­ers do the $3,000 train­ing soon. The Class might sound un-bri­tish but it might be ex­actly what we need. In­sta­gram: @taryn­toomey @the­class­bytt

Taryn Toomey’s fit­ness regime prom­ises to help clear ‘stuck’ en­ergy

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