In the studio that Taryn Toomey has in the New York district of TriBeCa, actresses like Emma Stone or Naomi Watts train. But the room where the method fitness The Class of 2013 wasn’t always there, just steps away from One World Trade Center. When Toomey decided to leave the fashion world to focus on yoga and came up with this music-centered workout, he was teaching in a gym located in the basement of his apartment building. He admits that at the time he had no expectations from that project, he invited his friends to participate in those meetings, it was something informal. But little by little, he saw that something was changing in her. And those who followed his instructions.
«The Class is a fun and challenging workout that combines strength training, cardio and mindfulness to make everyone feel their best.” This is how the official site describes this workout routine. Now Toomey has offices in New York and Los Angeles and no longer gathers some friends in his basement , but celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Christy Turlington, Gisele Bündchen or Alicia Keys – who collaborated with her – preach the benefits of this practice. The New York Times defines her as “guru fitness» and imprisonment broadened the scope of his lectures: when the world was stopped, many needed to be activated, and the Class became “the basic training of the pandemic”, as he recalls In the Magazine. Now Toomey is packing his bags for a trip to the Six Senses hotel in Ibiza, where from November 3 to 6 the first edition of the Alma Festival, an event focused on the world of well-being, will also bring chef Jasmine Hemsley to the island or Michael Smith, co-founder application peaceful meditation
Routines are key to Toomey’s proposal, which is recognized as methodical in her daily life: «On a normal day, I start the day by brushing my teeth, putting on a face mask and drinking a glass of warm water with lemon. Then I do a few rounds of Uddiyana Bandha, a breathing exercise where you take a deep breath and then exhale. You let out all the air and then take a simulated breath. It flexes your diaphragm and massages your organs and your intestines and ignites the Agni fire. [el fuego digestivo de la medicina tradicional Ayurveda hindú] in the stomach. Once I do that, and it’s non-negotiable, I reserve a place to meditate every morning, even if it’s just for three minutes. I have to close my eyes and check the state of my mind and body before I can start the rest of the day. At the end of the day, he points out, he leaves his mobile phone far from the bed, in the kitchen. “I rely on my alarm clock to wake me up, my bedroom is an electronics-free zone.” He also develops a little ritual before bed: “I like to lie in bed with my feet up at the headboard for 20 or 30 minutes to decompress the nervous system. At that time, I close my eyes and breathe, sometimes I devote myself to reading and thus eliminate the external feedback of the day and prepare my body for sleep».
What experiences and tips will you share with Alma Festival visitors?
I will lead The Class sessions for those who come to the festival, which will take place in the most beautiful setting. It’s always special to practice The Class with new people and in different places. In addition, I really want to share moments with wellness experts like Jasmine Hemsley or Michael Smith, I hope to learn from them and also from the artistic and spiritual communities of Ibiza to improve my personal wellness journey.
His career was not focused on this area. You worked for years as a sales manager for fashion brands like Ralph Lauren or Dior, what made you leave that industry and focus on wellness?
I didn’t know it then, but while I was working in fashion I felt a dull pain in my soul. I knew I had to listen to him and make a change. So I started researching how to train as a yoga teacher, but with the idea of returning later and devoting myself to the world of fashion. However, my family moved to Boston and there were no opportunities in the industry there, so I continued teaching yoga and everything fell into place from then on.
To deepen his yoga practice, Toomey traveled to Peru, where he learned from his mentor, Mama Kia. It was there that he began laying the groundwork for The Class, at a time when the wellness industry was starting to emerge: Gwyneth Paltrow created Goop in 2008 and showed that there was a very broad market in that lifestyle niche, which is now more than just a niche, a hive of constant novelty. Paltrow is, in fact, another famous face who has worked with Toomey, with whom he trains and whom he also recommends with an emphasis on Goop: «The Class is a workout like no other. People laugh and cry and scream during it, it’s such an intense release.”
Naomi Watts, one of her students, assures that The Class “unlocks something” in everyone who practices it, many emphasize the emotional part of this training. How does he manage it?
I’ve always loved yoga, that’s where it all starts, but I felt that if I combined it with the expressive fire of body gymnastics [sistema de ejercicios físicos centrados en manipular el peso corporal] and plyometrics [entrenamiento basado en realizar ejercicios que aceleran y desaceleran los músculos] you can get a whole new feeling, both for the body and the mind. When I started practicing on my own I felt great relief from the cathartic aspects as they increased, I realized other people felt the same. Now we encourage everyone to look within and release any emotions or feelings that you don’t need or that don’t bring anything positive.
What is the secret of the success of your method?
We provide a unique and specific experience that focuses on strengthening both body and mind simultaneously. We bring together people who want to unite, support each other and progress at the same time, something that creates a comfortable environment where everyone feels comfortable releasing their emotions and connecting with their inner self.
Music plays a central role in Class, why?
Music is my co-pilot, both in The Class and in my private life, I think it can be used as medicine. There is a vibe in music that comes to us when we need a little help, it can change any mood if you choose your songs wisely. Whatever you’re feeling, music has the power to amplify it, whether it’s joy, sadness or melancholy. Some of my favorite artists at the moment are Nick Mulvey, Radiohead and Four Tet.
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