A few years ago, if you told a New Yorker you were doing ‘The Class,’ they’d most likely respond “Oookay, are you going to be more specific — which one?” These days, they’d not only know exactly what you were talking about but would probably tell you they were heading there, too.
Since fitness phenomenon Taryn Toomey launched ‘The Class’ back in 2013, it’s become the place for New Yorkers to sweat (and cry, as one Sporteluxe writer discovered.) For those who have been hiding under a rock, the boutique workout blends elements from yoga, calisthenics and bootcamp training to create an ultra cathartic stress-release experience.
GOOD MORNING :: Take 3 minutes ✨ Stand and give your body a little shimmy. 1 minute – reach arms over head, shake the hands and breathe deeply. 1 minute – easy squat, reach arms forward as you lower, press into heels to stand and exhale FULLY. Use the breath, feel the heart pumping, allow it to awaken and clear YOU. 1 minute – sit in stillness with eyes closed and watch the breath. Stand tall, feel firmly planted, regal in the chest. Get ready. Today IS THE DAY ✨ #letsgo #setthetone #todayistheday #theclassbyTT Picture @jaimiebaird
It’s perfect for releasing your frustration on those days when you’re so wound up, the sound of your colleague chewing is about to send you over the edge. The only thing is, The Class ranges between 65 to 75 minutes long and involves a lot of sweating, so it’s not the easiest thing to squeeze into your lunch break. That’s why Taryn Toomey has created a speedier, sweat-free alternative, her newest offering — The Class Relieve. The 20-minute class is designed to not only help you clear your mind and chill out, but give you the tools to deal with stressful situations in the future.
I took all the parts of The Class that I find to be powerful and simple and paired them to create something that can be done anywhere [for] great relief. It will give people a basic toolbox of things to use when they’re at work or at their mother-in-law’s house or anywhere they can’t go on a run or meditate and do any of their basic mindfulness practices. It gets you out of your head and into your body, and that’s especially important when you’re in a situation that’s stressful or feeling a lot and you don’t have a channel or a space to move it.
-Taryn Toomey via Well+Good
The Class Relieve officially launched in the NYC studio last week and will be held every Monday at 11.30 am. You can sign up for the class here.