Thursday, September 15, 2011

New York Yoga at Fashion Week!

Words and Pictures by Elyssa Goodman

During this past Fashion Week, we at New York Yoga had the pleasure of attending designer Vivienne Tam's yoga collection presentation, a "Live Sculpture Garden," at Lincoln Center. At the edge of the Barclay's Capital Grove, 20 female yogis downward-dogged, planked, and chaturangaed while wearing Tam's designs, all of which were made of hemp and organic cotton blend fabrics (incidentally, such fabrics allow moisture wicking, anti-bacterial and UV protection, and natural deodorization). This is Tam's first collection of yoga wear, made in collaboration with leading Chinese sports brand LI-NING. An active yogi herself, Tam always wanted her yoga apparel to be fashionable and functional, so set to developing her own line. This Fashion Week the line premiered, after 13 years in the making. As Tam herself has said, "Yoga has been the one thing that not only keeps me focused but provides me with a sense of peace and better energy," and many ways this line is her way to give back.

 The presentation was choreographed by Gaiam power couple Rodney and Colleen Yee, who were also on site to guide the yogis through warm-ups and cool-downs. New York Yoga's own Kelly Stackhouse was one of the yogi/models involved, and you can see pictures of her and the collection below.

As Kelly says, she "seriously loved loved the experience! So rewarding to do something like this for an audience in such beautiful clothing with such inspirational teachers. Was amazing to meet and work with Vivienne and to finally meet in person the wonderful Rodney Yee who I have been eager to meet since I first began studying in 2005 in Toronto, Canada. It was also so great to work with so many beautiful teachers from all sorts of studios all over Long Island and New York City. Teachers I've heard of that I hadn't had the pleasure to meet. And when we had the opportunity to freestyle our practice at Lincoln Center, the things people were doing were so incredible. Just so much talent and beauty...a yoga fashion show, what a brilliant idea. Yes, I would do it again. And again and again. "

That's NYY instructor Kelly Stackhouse on the right!

Rodney and Colleen Yee

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