In my infinite quest to find motivation to exercise, one day I decided to try Woom Center.
I really like what’s happening with yoga studios in New York right now. They’re opening all over the place, with lots of different concepts, and each one is even cleaner, more organized, and more beautiful than the last. The days of poorly lit studios that smell like old socks are gone – now it’s big windows, clean mats for everyone, delicious smelling candles, and even the accessories are beautiful and perfectly maintained.
The reason I wanted to try Woom is because yoga is presented there as a sensory experience, and I love sensory experiences. The idea here is to appeal to every one of your senses. Your sight, first of all, with 360° projections on the walls in the room. Your hearing, with a great sound system and perfectly curated playlist, and of course you can’t go without the gongs to do sound baths. And for your sense of smell, they diffuse different scents throughout the class.
There are even parts of the class that you do blindfolded (with a super pretty mask you borrow from the center, of course) – oh, and even your taste is stimulated: after the class, they give you a shot of delicious, freshly prepared juice.
It doesn’t take anything more than that to convince me.
I immediately liked the friendly aspect of the place. There’s a little café space with lots of books on yoga and well-being, and I could easily see myself spending a rainy Saturday there. And they always greet me with a super warm welcome every time I go.
But what I liked the most was really the experience itself…
I have to say I’ve always liked the slightly “trance” element of yoga. When you let the flow carry you away, when the energy in the room, the voice of the instructor and the music fall into a perfect rhythm with your movements, it’s almost a dance. You totally forget yourself, you sweat, you feel incredible.
Ok, truth is, I’ve always liked the feeling of going into a trance, in general. I spent years dancing to techno, going to raves and clubs. I love what electronic music does to my senses, to my heartbeat. I love the elaborate, super repetitive beats that make you go into another state, kind of like dancing to drums. I’m sure there’s a very scientific explanation for all that.
The fact is, I got that same feeling from being at Woom Center. The music ranges from pop songs to very simple, soft beats. The projections made me think of what you might find at a rave or club, they are abstract and make you feel like you’re wrapped up in light without letting your mind taking over. The voice of the instructor guides you, but you can really let yourself go. You work up a sweat without even realizing it, even if the technique itself isn’t really the most important part of the experience. I can’t wait for them to open a studio in LA!