City slickers hurrying down Melbourne’s Swanston street on their evening commute looked puzzled, as hoards of activewear-clad women (and a few men too!) filed into Melbourne Town Hall, yoga mats in hand. What were these strange, brightly coloured people doing on a Tuesday night? As it turns out, 400 keen yoga beans (myself included) had fronted up for Flow After Dark Silent Disco – an increasingly popular event which offers a unique combination of yoga and silent disco.
The hour-and-a-half that ensued was pretty damn cool, to put it frankly. On entry, participants were given noise-canceling headphones which glowed as the room turned dark. Through the headphones, we were led by renowned yoga instructor and Flow Athletic co-founder Kate Kendall; her calming tones accompanied by stellar tunes hand-picked by Sydney DJ James Mack.
The vinyasa-style yoga was suitable for all levels, with Kate often suggesting modifications for those who were yoga pros, or alternatively, like me, perhaps a little uncoordinated. Up on the stage, three insanely flexible yoga models were demonstrating the moves for us to replicate. Another great touch was how so-called ‘creepers’ wandered around during the evening, offering assistance, and even the occasional massage!
As 400 people moved in unison in the dark, with the only lights across the floor coming from everyone’s headphones, the aesthetic was something to behold. For me though, the highlight was undoubtedly the beautiful music, which lulled me into a state of zen. Towards the end of the session, when the sweat-inducing part of proceedings had finished and we lay flat, I felt as though I wouldn’t notice if a hoard of elephants stomped through the room. That’s zen, right? It was a delightfully different way to get some exercise while winding down after a working day. Needless to say, I’d highly recommend Flow After Dark Silent Disco next time it hits your city, along with any of Flow After Dark’s other great events. And if you happen to be in Sydney, you can check out the Sydney event on May 30th, 2017
Phoebe Roth is a freelance journalist based in Melbourne. She has a particular interest in health and medical writing, and is currently completing a Masters of Public Health. Phoebe enjoys travelling off the beaten track, reading old-fashioned newspapers, and all things chocolate.