ruby’s tuesday | sweat like a horse
posted: January 28, 2014
The end of January marks the Chinese New Year, ushering out the Year of the Snake in the Year of the Horse. After the slow and sensual water snake energy of 2013, things are set to speed up with fast victories, unexpected adventure and surprising romance setting the tone for the coming months.
An excellent time for travel, the Horse year also favours fast moves as decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. It’s time to follow instincts and embrace personal breakthroughs. In other words, take a leap and fly.
So, how will this high-octane Horse energy affect the ways we sweat? Horse hours are 11am to 1pm, with high noon the ultimate Horse moment, so lunchtime workouts are starred. Under this fearless, upbeat and fun loving influence, we’ll also feel the need for novelty, while trips that combine fitness with new horizons will also be appealing.
Here’s how the workouts coming through in 2014 reflect the Horse’s get-up-and-go.
Yes, yoga without the pants. At this buzz-worthy NYC studio they posit the theory that “being completely at ease in your naked body is the ultimate expression of self-confidence.” Talk about personal breakthrough. This is perhaps the most daring manifestation of the Horse year’s free spirited, wild and independent energy.
Using the rowing machine for high-energy cardio drills mixed with strength training intervals, this brand new NYC studio gives perhaps the least-used piece of gym equipment a serious image overhaul. In this variety-loving Horse year, the Row & Flow or Row & Core classes, which fuse rowing with yoga and pilates moves, keep the schedule fluid and offer something for everyone.
Now in its fifth year, the Wanderlust yoga festival adds Australia and New Zealand to its roster. As well as distant travel and new horizons, the casual and outdoorsy Horse year is about freedom, a return to nature and embracing life’s adventures, all of which are well-served by the programming at all Wanderlust festivals, where climbing a mountain for morning meditation is par for the course.
Devised in the 1980s, this dynamic, fast-paced flow class is based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa series, and was first called “Rocket Yoga” by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead because “it gets you there faster.” The Horse year is all about fast action leading to tangible results, and it’s no wonder a Rocket Yoga craze, led by yogi and DJ Marcus Veda, is currently sweeping London.
This cardio dance class is becoming the go-to for club kids in LA, where dressing the part (maybe still wearing last night’s outfit?) is encouraged, and sweating out the toxins is the name of the game. As it’ll be easy to be distracted by good times and parties in the sexy Horse year, Heffington’s brand of fun-time fitness sounds like just the ticket.
Whether it’s interviewing Lady Gaga, unveiling the latest trends in fashion, or getting under the skin of our most neurotic social trends, Ruby Warrington is at the forefront of it all. She’s a British lifestyle writer, the celebrated creator of the blog The Numinous, and a regular contributor to the lululemon blog.