Proof that downward facing dog and synthesizers were made for one another, a roomful of mid-morning stretchers started off Moogfest with an invigorating hour of Moog Yoga at Biltmore Avenue‘s Go Yoga.
What makes the class Moog Yoga is the playlist of chillwave instrumental tunes hand selected by Moog Music. I didn’t recognize any of the songs, which will change each day, but all were pleasant and had a modest bass line to help drive us forward. I did however do a few double takes when the sound of birds entered a few tracks. I quickly figured out the source was from a few chirpy creatures in the shrubs outside, but for a second I thought the producer was channeling a certain old school Timbaland track.
The class is open to all levels, which makes it a forgiving and supportive exercise, even for someone like me who hasn’t done yoga in nine years. To keep up, it’s best to be fairly flexible, but our instructor Savannah was there with a kind pose suggestion to help make things easier. She was never intrusive and mostly just let us visitors be, which was a nice touch in the midst of what were clearly studio regulars (whose experienced form were also encouraging).
Moog Yoga classes are offered each day through Sunday from 10-11 a.m. Studio owners JP and Cassie McClelllan, who participated in Wednesday’s session, say the best method is to sign up for the class online. The website does not offer a specific Moogfest option, but select the “Register as unpaid” button and your festival wristband will get you in for free.
Arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and secure your spot on the floor. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats as Go Yoga only has a limited number (10, to be precise) on hand to borrow. A water station is available, but having your own bottle beside your mat for quick hydration is definitely the way to go. Based on how sweaty I got and how quickly I got to that point, I recommend bringing a towel as well.