Glam Rock Jams Yoga


I never thought I’d be nostalgic for the music of New Kids on the Block and Britney Spears. But the The Yoga Room’s Friday Night Yoga House Party made it happen.

I found myself sashaying my asanas to ‘90s and early 2000s vintage pop and dance tracks (last time’s advertised theme). There were glow sticks on our wrists and our ever-moving bodies were illuminated by multicolored disco balls streaming light from the ceiling. Britney’s “Gimme More” was followed by the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” and Christina Aguilera’s infamous “Dirty.”

The pop confections were not my standard music of choice, but, in this setting, they made me smile and their infectious beats inspired me to give it that extra push. My fellow yoga dancers were experiencing the same thing.

This event takes place semi-regularly at The Yoga Room’s sister studio, Workout Factory, in Long Island City. It’s a collaboration between Dina Ivas, a former competitive gymnast and Sonic Yoga alum, and Don Victor Cotto, an occupational therapist and Yoga Room graduate. Ivas and Cotto tag-teamed teaching the class, which focused on exuberant vinyasa-flowing, triumphant warrior poses, and edge-busting ab work. Michael Jackson’s beautiful “Earth Song,” which I hadn’t heard in years, brought us to savasana, and we danced off to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.”

“We came up with this idea because Victor and I both love music and movement,” said Ivas. “And what better way to spend a Friday night than coming out and doing something good

for your body, having some wine, and meeting new people? It’s all about balance. It’s an intimate space, so it doesn’t have to be a big group to feel like a party.”

“You’re stepping into a judgment-free zone,” says Cot