Last night I went for a black light yoga class with Black and Light Yoga. They organise awesome pop up events around London about once a month. Trying one of their classes has been on my to do list for a while now, so when I realised their December event was just 10 minutes away from my house, I knew I had to book myself in. The class took place at Cecil Sharp House, which is just in between Camden and Primrose Hill. When I got to the venue there were lots of girls (mostly) applying touches of glow makeup and body paint. The room itself looked amazing – there were black lights set up al over the room and painted banners covering every wall. There was also a DJ booth set up at the front of the room. It was definitely not a typical Tuesday night.
In total, there were about 70 of us in the room. At the beginning of the class, they told us how the whole experience was meant to get us out of our comfort zones. We had to introduce ourselves to our neighbour and were told to dedicate our practice to someone else, as yoga is a selfless practice. It’s taken me a while to embrace the spiritual side of my yoga classes. In the past my general reaction to these types of comments was an eye-roll but I’ve gradually been worn down. For those of you at that are still at that uncomfortable initial stage, keep going! You’ll start to enjoy it, I promise. The class itself was Jivamukti and was much more challenging than I expected. We kept having to hold a three pronged plank position and my arms and core are feeling the effects today! We went through sun salutations and then moved on to standing, seated and balancing poses. Towards the end of the class, we were instructed to roll up our mats for a dance session. Yup, freestyle dancing in a blacklit room with strangers. Having come alone, I was miles out of my comfort zone. I just pretended I was doing my pre-Saturday night wiggles in my room until the awkwardness was all over and I could enjoy my savasana.
All in all, it was a great but surreal experience. You have to let your social guard down a bit to enjoy it but that’s probably good for us.
Shaleena and Roshni
What we're listening to: Carlos Santana 'Black Magic Woman'