Yoga, but not as you know it.
W1LL has launched Australia's first online yoga and meditation platform, with classes curated to music available on-demand and at a new look studio that once housed Urban Yoga.
Proud to be unconventional and redefining yoga, W1LL is a modern take on an ancient practice. Created by Jacinta McDonell, who transformed the way Sydneysiders practice yoga with Urban Yoga's progressive soundtracks and beautiful sensory visuals, W1LL goes one step further with guided classes and meditation sessions that can be taken in studio, at home or wherever you are in the world.
Developed with W1LL's in-house DJ and production suite, each yoga class has been designed to flow with beats and choreographed to be perfectly timed 22 and 44-minute classes.
'It's an immersive experience. In the hustle of modern life, we know how hard it is to find the time and space to switch off. The benefits of yoga and meditation are no secret but the traditional experience isn't always for everyone – W1LL is experiential and you can't help but tune out and focus on the movement with the music playing, and beautifully produced visuals," McDonell says.
W1LL's online platform runs as an on-demand subscription service with unlimited classes for $17.99 each month and is the first-of-its-kind to be created in Australia.
'The idea came to me while traveling, I went through so many YouTube videos and couldn't find what I was looking for – the quality was terrible, none had been curated with music. Or I'd be listening to an instructor who had a totally different style to what I was practicing in Sydney."
The platform has been designed with class options for all levels and has a modern, simple approach to bring yoga to more people around the world.
'I want to redefine the practice and make it accessible to everyone- we don't teach from a strict lineage of yoga or speak in the traditional Sanskrit. There is no guru or chanting. It's about finding a way for people to escape life's distractions, find their strength and reconnect without any fear or judgement – whenever, and wherever they are."
W1LL's home base in Surry Hills offers three styles of yoga and delivers them in two ways - guided and live. W1LL's version of Siri leads students through the practice and promise to give the exact, perfected cues often missed by human teachers, with a roaming instructor to help with alignment and assists. The live classes offer the same yoga classes led by the studio's senior instructors.
In the meditations, participants are led through a 22-minute practice with easy-to-follow instructions and the latest guiding principles to find stillness.
Like McDonell, W1LL has a social conscience too. Each time a purchase is made at W1LL, a portion is donated to The Human Kind Project – a non-profit foundation that funds life-changing projects in Africa and India which McDonell set up in 2015.
With the proceeds, W1LL contributes to changing the lives of 37,843 people in a community in Malawi.
This urban oasis studio also has a new look with botanical plants, polished wooden floors, state-of-the-art bathrooms and seating areas for members to chill with organic herbal tea before and after class.
Review: I've spent most 2017 making excuses as to why I don't have time to exercise or participate in wellness activities… but in order to kick-start my New Year's Resolutions early I've been using the W1LL online yoga-class service and I already feel calmer (and feel like a major success for putting in place a goal before the start of 2018).
I'm always starting my day somewhere different and W1LL makes it easy for me to achieve my yoga aim as I can participate in my own private class wherever I am. I've loved every session I've completed on W1LL; not only am I calmer but I believe my flexibility has increased (high five)!
W1LL has a large range of easy to understand yoga classes which can be setup on any screen/device and run for either 22 or 44 minutes. The music, teachers and instruction are faultless… see what I meant about not being able to make any more excuses?
I think the Soul sessions would be my favourite but I also love the Flexibility and Mobility classes as they ease post-run aches and are broken into different options:
Chest And Shoulders
Thighs And Hamstrings
Legs Hips And Twist
If you want to get your sweat on then Flow is perfect – I'd recommend doing these classes as soon as you wake for an unbelievable good workout.
- Brooke Hunter