If you’ve never done yoga before, get ready to sign up for “the coolest first class, ever.’’
An underground fitness pop-up of 500 people will gather at 5 p.m. in Dewey Square on Sunday, August 24 to meet up with co-founder of The November Project, Brogan Graham. In true November Project–style, Brogan will lead the group on a 3-mile run or bike ride (your choice) to an undisclosed location, where he and the group will meet up with Boston-based yoga instructor Goldie Graham, who also happens to be his wife. This year’s event, called “More Movement’’ is the follow up to last year’s fitness-based pop-up, called “The Movement.’’
Goldie, who teaches vinyasa-style yoga at Back Bay Yoga, plans to lead the 500-person fitness tribe in an hour-long yoga class. DJ Nora of Djour Entertainment will set the mood with a synthetic and instrumental mix of beats, similar to the style Goldie uses to teach her black light yoga classes at Back Bay Yoga.
“With this class being very large with 500 people, it’s much more about the external environment enhancing the internal experience,’’ said Goldie, who wouldn’t give any clues about the location in an interview with Boston.com. “The flow will be accessible for all levels, so we can flow in unison and be able to enjoy a different surrounding. I want the students to be looking up and around to feel the energy.’’
The Grahams have been creating fitness retreats for a while now, but last year was when they originally came up with the idea of combining forces (his November Project following, her yoga following) to coordinate a huge outdoor yoga class in Boston they called “The Movement.’’ Last year, the free event tickets sold out in 20 minutes and 350 people met in Copley Square, yoga mats in tow, to follow Brogan to the secret location.
“People think it’s all about fitness, and yes we’re extremely active, but we’re trying almost to trick people into getting fit by hosting these events,’’ said Goldie. “What’s paramount to us is trying to make the community smaller and closer and more fit. It’s just about being nice human beings in the city of Boston then accidentally getting fit while doing so.’’
Goldie says the class should suit yogiis of all levels. Beginners are especially welcome.
“This will be the coolest first class, ever,’’ she said.
Wear sneakers, bring a yoga mat, and a bike lock (if you’re riding). Vans will transport yoga mats for runners. The event link goes live at noon today on EventBrite.com.
Here’s a clip of last year’s event: