Reverb launched in its current home in April 2017; however, it began as outreach classes in Nov 2016 by founder, Ashley Bell who first taught dance and group fitness in the early 90s.
At Reverb, Center classes and Unwind classes are among their most popular offerings. Center classes allow folks to find the fluid nature of vinyasa practice at a slower pace, and without the shoulder and wrist heavy transitions of that practice. Unwind classes focus entirely on mobility and breath work, allowing the teachers to call on their preferred techniques, such as yin yoga and myofascial release, to unpack stress and tension. People also enjoy the studio's Lotus Flow classes. This dynamic style was created in NYC by Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi, and Ashley has 300-hours of training from the Manhattan outpost of that studio, Laughing Lotus.
Community outreach is approached in a variety of ways. On site, the studio offers a self-selected drop-in rate, allowing students to choose a cost from a price range that works for their budget. Space is also donated to two local non-profits each week so that they can use the income from those classes to raise funds for their organizations. One of those classes is a Recovery Yoga class, for those affected by the disease of addiction. Residents of a local treatment program also participate each week. They recently added a free class for local F&B workers in conjunction with the Heirloom Foundation, a group that champions health initiatives for folks in the food and beverage industry – a cornerstone of our local economy.
Reverb’s studio includes the “Light Box," a 33’x33’ square space with three of the four 20-foot walls made entirely of polycarbonate – a transparent material that allows for ample natural light that shifts beautifully throughout the day. There is a smaller studio as well, a lovely lounge area with a library of inspiring books and writing/ drawing materials, a sizable dressing room, and restroom with shower. Reverb also offers a small selection of yoga mats and branded gear.
There is a deck that is shared with neighboring offices that overlooks a courtyard adjacent to several restaurant concepts: Bad Wolf, a coffee shop with tasty pastries, homemade ice cream, and a small but crafty cocktail menu; Workshop, an upscale food hall featuring five different rotating restaurant concepts; and Edmund’s East Brewing Company, the tap room/ brewing and bottling facilities for a successful neighborhood eatery with a celebrated bar program.
PHOTO CREDIT | Jess Spence