Taryn Toomey, Founder of NYC's The Class, Shares Her Wellness Routine

Taryn Toomey uses nourishing food and expressive movement to keep her body and emotions in balance — and teaches others to do the same.

Eight years ago, Taryn Toomey established The Class, a unique workout regimen that boosts both physical and mental health. At the time, she had no idea how impactful it would become. "The concept of my movement was born out of a desire to connect with what I was going through," explains Toomey, who is also a mom to two children. "The Class is crafted around dance, melodies, camaraderie, reverberations, and voicing out - it's a conduit to express our vitality, sentiments, and sensations," she adds. Its significance has only grown during these times of global crisis, with many resorting to its streaming workouts as an outlet for emotional tension. (Currently, there's a 14-day free trial available for The Class, with a subsequent subscription fee of $40/month). In the following, we'll delve into how Toomey keeps her spirits and energy levels high.

Practicing a Unique Morning Ritual

"Every morning, I wake up early and do a prostration practice: I lie flat on my stomach with my forehead on the earth and my palms to the ceiling. Then I surrender what has been feeling stuck in my body. I do the same thing in the studio before I open The Class, leaving whatever is going on outside the room."

Choosing the Best Workout Fuel

"I like hard-boiled eggs. I’ll eat them straight up or take the yolk out and stuff the center with some hummus. Another favorite afternoon snack I love is a seaweed roll-up. I stuff nori with avocado or guacamole, add pumpkin seeds, and then I’ll just graze on it."

Using Food As Self-Care

"I use food, and cooking, as a form of self-care to rebalance what’s going on inside. In the winter and fall, I like to make brothy, nourishing soups with whatever healthy ingredients resonate with me. I walk through the farmers market and pick up things like cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, and root vegetables. In the spring and summer, I’ll blend cucumber with cider vinegar, onion, and avocado to make a cool soup."

Repeating a Healthy Weeknight Dinner

"I take a spaghetti squash, scrape it out, and bake it. I eat it with a hemp-herb sauce from The Class’s Summer Cleanse menu or whatever sauces are in my cabinet. Then I top it with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. I keep the extra squash in the fridge so it’s an easy option for meals."

Maintaining an Optimistic Glow

"It’s about awareness and how to use the power of your own presence to move with grace and ease. It is the ability to connect to a place of joy in your heart, even when you’re in chaos."

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