Motivated by the deep release the mind receives from pushing the body to its limit, #glowmama Taryn Toomey applies her in-depth understanding of proper alignment and physical training to a new fitness approach that changes the body and clears the mind.
We were thrilled to spend some time with the #glowy goddess behind NYC’s hottest and most unique workout sensation ‘the class.’ Taryn invited us into her truly stunning Tribeca loft, which is just a stone’s throw away from where she leads her transformational classes. Hanging with this lady is a real pleasure; she is refreshingly authentic and tells it like it is. Taryn embodies that rare balance of being super inspirational and positive yet still humble and honest about her own process.
After experiencing The Class for ourselves, we can wholeheartedly vouch for how awesome this workout is. It taps into the mind/body/soul/spirit and provides a safe space for emotional release. Not to mention, you are guaranteed to sweat your little glow booty off. Throughout her fast-paced workouts, Taryn teaches students to focus on the sensations in the body: address the feeling, breathe deeply allowing the change to happen and actively calm the mind’s response to intensity. In addition to building physical strength, this approach transforms one’s overall inner conversation. Students build their mind-body connection and find strength they did not think possible.
Taryn draws inspiration from the energy her students create. She has been leading group exercise classes since she was 18, fusing her passion for movement and music along with her ability to motivate students to push past self doubt and achieve strength. A devoted yoga student, Taryn trained at Yoga Union and taught classes for almost a decade in new york and Boston. After a career at Ralph Lauren and having two adorable children, she craved a new, challenging and intense workout and created The Class. If you are in NYC, you must go experience this for yourself. Be sure to sign up in advance, as it books up immediately and most classes have a waiting list!
HOW THEY GLOW QUESTIONNAIRE
NAME: Taryn Toomey
WHERE’D YOU GROW UP? New England (born in Jersey, raised in Connecticut)
WHERE DO YOU LIVE? In New York City
WHEN YOU’RE EATING HEALTHY, WHAT IS A TYPICAL…
BREAKFAST: lots of fruit followed by nuts, tons of water, and chai tea with almond milk.
LUNCH: Some variation of a vegan salad (leafy greens, sauerkraut, root vegetables) or swiss chard vegetable wrap or hearty soups.
DINNER: I like to keep it light. Veggies with a clean piece of grilled fish.
SNACK: Smoothie, nuts, popcorn, dried fruit, or fresh fruit with nut butters.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES/RESTAURANTS TO INDULGE?
The raw pumpkin pie at Juice Press!
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTH?
A bottle of wine and a block of aged gouda.
WHAT IS THE BEST DISH YOU COOK / YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE?
Mikaela Reuben’s curry butternut squash soup
WHERE DO YOU GROCERY SHOP?
WHAT IS YOUR FITNESS REGIMEN?
I teach and do ‘the class’ and ‘the class cardio’ throughout the week.
WHAT IS YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE?
I wake up, wash my face with Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash then apply the Daily Serum. I teach class, come home, wash my face with Clarisonic – apply the Daily Serum and the Rejuvenating Serum because I like my face to feel dewy. Twice a week I’ll use the Exfoliating Mask and one of those times I’ll sleep with it on. In the morning, when you wash it off, your face feels baby soft.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT 3 PRODUCTS WOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU?
1. An eyelash curler
2. a cheek stain
3. a toenail clipper.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY/FITNESS/HEALTH GURUS DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Joanna Vargas and Oprah.
TOP 3 FAVORITE SONGS?
1. U2’s live version of “Bad”
2. My Morning Jacket’s “One Big Holiday”
3. The Killers “All These Things That I Have Done”
MOST LIFE-CHANGING BOOK?
Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony Through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda by Pratima Raichur
COOLEST PLACE YOU’VE VISITED?
Mystique or Peru (Sacred Valley): for very different reasons
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France.
WHAT’S THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
The DNA for the other half of my children (which by the way, was my husband).
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE BEAUTY TIP/SECRET?
Drink more water than you think.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” – Plato
WHAT MAKES YOU GLOW?
Love! Ease. Laughter. and Joanna’s Rejuvenating Serum.
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