If you were a fan of Yoga 213's unique brand of hip hop yoga, originally in a small studio at the rear of South Yarra's Jam Factory, you're likely to love it even more now that they've moved to airy, spacious new digs on Richmond's Swan St.
Downward dog to Drake? Breathing through your balances to Biggie? Sounds like our kind of exercise! Yep, Yoga 213 fuses traditional yoga practice, in a more laid back environment, with all your favourite hip hop and rnb jams.
Sammy Veall, Yoga 213's young founder, spoke to us at the new space opening last week about her journey - from a difficult time facing recovery after burns to 35% of her body, to finding a new path to zen via hip hop yoga in LA, her aim is to make yoga accessible to the 2015 professional who is keen to escape the seriousness of the 9-5 grind.
“Hip Hop yoga made me realise that everything was going to ok – it helped me recover from my accident by improving my strength and flexibility,” said Sammy. “Feel good music combined with free flowing yoga is an incredibly powerful combination, and our classes are really casual and fun.”
"More Melburnians are getting into hip hop yoga, which is massive in LA, and are finding the unexpected combination of hip hop music and yoga really addictive. My new Richmond studio is a much bigger, custom designed space which will provide a dynamic environment for more people to enjoy hip hop yoga."
The new Richmond studio, minutes from Richmond Station is located on Level 1, 97 Swan Street - and includes multiple showers, change rooms, a great new line of yoga wear to purchase, and of course a big painting of the patron saint of hip hop - Biggie.
Now that's a (gangsta's) paradise, if you ask me.
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