Muddy Tries: Silent Disco Yoga
You’ve maybe heard of silent raves or silent discos? Well here’s a first on the blogaroo – and a first for the South west – Muddy Stilettos awardwinners Jen and Stretch from Ocean Flow bring you silent disco yoga – like silent disco, but as as well as glow sticks and fluoro face paint, there are yoga mats.
The guys have been busy since our awards bash in June – not only are they holding around 25 regular yoga classes a week, back in the summer they teamed up with Ant from Silent Disco (famed for his monthly discos at the Fistral Beach Bar) and after some brainstorming, brought us Cornwall’s first and only silent disco yoga – on Fistral beach.
The concept is simple: the all levels vinyasa flow class is accentuated by wearing headphones and immersing yourself in a trippy mix of dance music and silence, solitude and group meditation.
This was the first indoor event, since er, its November! I got there early and there was a hum of excitement and chatter from my fellow yogis (I would guess there were around 50 + people in my class).
Once the excitement quieten down, the lights were dimmed so all that remained was the luminous glow of our facepaint (optional by the way, but hey in for a penny…) and the hypnotic colourful moodlighting. Each yogi wore a pair of wireless headphones that streamed music as well as instructions from Jen on her mic.
Despite the enormity of the class, it felt like an intimate, more one-to-one experience than a large group. The vibe was unlike any other yoga class I’ve been to: the music gave rhythm to your movements making it feel more upbeat, high-energy and at the same time meditative, with all yogis in time and in tune.
They’ve squeezed four outside Silent Disco Yoga classes in since July on the beach and last Sunday was the first one indoors, a beautiful space at the Carnmarth Hotel on headland road. Here’s a little vid of one of the sessions in the summer:
The feedback they’ve had has been very positive with most people coming away from the class feeling energised and excited for the next one. They’ve had people travel from Plymouth, Bristol, Reading and London as well as a few visitors that have tweaked their holiday dates so they could come to the class!
Yoga in Cornwall has been branching out exponentially over the past few years so there’s so many different style available now and some really fantastic teachers out there. But Stretch and Jen are offering something new.
A lot of people in my class had been to a silent disco before so understood the concept. As Jen said, it translates well in Cornwall as I think generally people here are enthusiastic to try something new (and a bit weird initially!). I found it exhausting mentally and physically and slept better than I had in a long while.
£££: at a tenner a session its at the higher end of what you’d pay for a yoga class, but you don’t pay extra for headphones (I’ve seen these rented out at £10 on their own at festivals over the summer), and if you are early enough there may be a mat to borrow. This class is so special and unique, its well worth it.
Good for: Kids – I was taken aback by the number of nippers there, all ages and all exceptionally well behaved – like the headphones sent them into a trance of compliance (must get me some)! Beginners, expert yogis, those who are totally new to the experience. If you’re open to experimenting, silently, rave on yogaronis!
Not for: traditionalists, those who don’t like the silent disco experience – it can feel a little isolating. If you’re not comfortable totally immersing yourself in the moment, this might not be for you.
Dare to disagree? Try out the next session yourself (Sunday 11 December). Stretch and Jen are hoping to hold the class at least once a month and may even go on tour in 2017 – check their website for more details.