Welp, that was quick. Within two weeks of trying out a few classes at a brand spankin' new hot yoga studio, I was asked to teach there. And a week after training to teach ETHOS TRX Yoga Core, I was on the mic, guiding people through TRX handstands. Let's back up a minute...
What is ETHOS?
ETHOS is a hot yoga fitness hybrid studio that's been around in Cambridge for about 2 years. I'd first heard about them when a friend showed me their jaw-dropping 500-hour hot yoga teacher training video. But at that point, I had already committed to the Fierce Grace 200-hour teacher training (shameless plug: check me out in their video here, I'm all up in it and the training was great!).
I did some research online and found out they were building a studio in London (sidenote: they raised over £700,000 to build their new London studio through crowdfunding, wut!? They're clearly very smart business people, they grew their Cambridge studio with less than £10,000 of their own investment and are one of the biggest gyms in the city despite having only two studios. )
Their crowdfunding video was just as sexy as their teacher training video and I knew this was something I wanted to at least try out. I was drawn to the fact that they also have a hand in health-technology and scientific research while also offering nutrition guidance and health assessments. I like the idea of going to one place while getting more than just one activity, but I didn't want to have to go to a huge corporate gym to do it. And a 83% customer retention rate is pretty much unheard of, they have to be doing something right!! But most importantly, who doesn't love a fitness power couple thats as beautiful, fit and well-educated as they are, right?
Fast-forward to the the 28th of July: I snag their intro offer (£60 for 30 days unlimited classes) the day before it ends. This was just before the full launch of the studio. Not only is it well located at Old Spitalfield's Market, it's lifted above the hustle and bustle below as it's in their loft space, and the studios are GORGEOUS. Their team is impeccably managed, the receptionists are all beautiful, super helpful AND genuinely friendly.
For hot yoga, a brand new yogamatters mat (not stinky and scratched like in some studios) and towel are included in the price. And while I hate to ruin the surprise: THEIR RECEPTIONISTS TURN INTO FAIRYS AT THE END OF CLASS AND WHILE YOU'RE IN YOUR FINAL SAVASANA, THEY QUIETLY COME IN AND PLACE A COLD, SCENTED FACE TOWEL IN YOUR HAND!!!! At the end of sweating up a storm, this is ORGASMIC.
The changing rooms are humongous, include individual shower stalls and have pretty much everything you need and more. Want Cowshed body wash, hand wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion? No problem. Need a blowdryer, hair straightener, tampon or (hygienic aerosol) deodorant? They got you! Want to lock all your stuff in an electronic locker at no additional cost? BOOM, wish granted.
It seemed like Ethos was made for me, my areas of interest, and my past athletic training. The co-owner Jennifer and I had a lot in common, we were both dancers (although she's muuuuuuch more acclaimed, like, there's no comparison), both trained under Michele Pernetta at Fierce Grace and are both interested in bridging the gap between dance and yoga. Her husband, Dr Theo Koutroukides and I also have quite a bit in common and are both interested in science and more concrete aspects of yoga and fitness. He holds a PhD in Biotechnology/Schizophrenia research (I'm also doing my PhD in schizophrenia research), and was an international competitive rower and semi-pro cyclist (I used to compete in the long and triple jump at the national level at university). I JUMPED at the opportunity to teach there!
OK, good for you Tara but wtf is TRX?
TRX stands for Total Resistance eXercise, and it's suspension training equipment. It uses gravity and body weight instead of free weights to develop core strength, balance, stability and flexibility. I'll do another post about the science about TRX, but for now, suffice it to say that it WORKS. I promise.
Well then what's TRX Yoga Core?
The Ethos TRX Yoga Core is an original ETHOS signature class. It's a unique blend of yoga, strength, cardio and flexibility work. It's practiced in a warm room to add fitness benefits and test your mind body discipline. It's basically bae and everything you could ever want from a yoga/cardio/strength/resistance training combo.
I've recently completed my training with the studio owner and ex professional dancer and hot yoga instructor Jennifer Hersch along with Lisa and Hassan.
And a week after the training, I was teaching the 60min TRX Yoga Core class at the Cambridge studio. Long story short, the class and the studio is amazing. There's not too much more to say besides when will I see you there?