I’m kind of a purist when it comes to working out. I like to run, walk and throw in some yoga here and there. But every once in a while, I’ll give the latest new "It exercise" a try. I’ve dabbled in spinning, sweated it out at psychotically scary classes like Tracy Anderson and had a blast embarrassing myself at Broadway Bodies dance studios (those Beyoncé classes!).
Most recently, while on a four-day wellness retreat at the beautiful Travaasa Resort and Spa in Austin, where I was celebrating the launch of Alternative’s new workout line Move, I sampled the latest in fitness trends: Qoya.
Invented in Brooklyn by Rochelle Schieck, the exclusively female movement-based classes are founded on the belief that all women are “wild, wise and free.” Each hourlong session is a sort of a yoga-dance-group therapy hybrid. Mine in particular involved choosing a goddess card (I got Mother Earth), free-dancing to "Proud Mary" and describing a female role model to a fellow classmate. And I did all of it while wearing Move’s newest designs (and stifling just the tiniest bit of laughter).
Inspired by dancewear, Move’s first collection is comfy, breathable and practical for activities ranging from hiking to bikram. It’s not surprising, since Alternative—Move’s parent brand—is famous for its effortlessly cool and insanely comfortable (as well as eco-friendly) tees and sweatshirts. The workout pieces, which include crop tops with crisscross backs, high-rise tummy-smoothing leggings and slouchy-cute sleeveless hoodies, are also flattering and fun to mix and match. Plus, practically everything is under $100—which is less than the price of a SoulCycle five-pack. Click through to shop some of my favorite picks (and here to find a Qoya class near you, if you dare).