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MEET | SARAH LARSON LEVEY
Featured 1.14-1.20.19 | OK, we’ll admit it: Yoga has never been our thing. The ommm-ing, the chanting, the seriousness of it just never took. But that was before we met Sarah Larson Levey, the motherf*cking genius who built a brand that taught us that yoga doesn’t have to be about zen’ing out — it can actually be an opportunity to turn it way the F up. If this sounds insane to you, we get it, but please trust us. Because while Levey’s Y7 Yoga studios may not offer your hippie aunt’s version of meditation, what they do offer is an interpretation of the practice that includes dark rooms, candlelight, a whole lot of sweat (they use infrared heat) and, maybe most importantly, hip hop. Yes, hip hop (oh hey, Gucci Mane and L’il Wayne), and it’s totally changed the way we think about the flow (Downward Dog to Dr Dre? Yes, please). And while the concept was born from the ennui a 26-year-old Levey felt when she first started taking traditional yoga classes, it has grown into something much bigger than just another group fitness class — Levey has created a movement that includes changing the world via Freedom Flow, her charity whose mission is to bring yoga and its teachings to underserved communities. And we thank her from the bottom of our chakras. Welcome to Sarah’s week.
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Sarah Larson Levey is the Co-Founder and CEO of New York-based Y7 Studio. She is an innovator, entrepreneur, 200-hour registered yoga instructor, author and certified Health Coach.
After working in fashion for five years, Levey launched Y7 at 26 as an answer to her personal desire for something other than the (very) traditional yoga practices offered. Since launching in 2013, the Y7 brand has expanded to a bicoastal business with ten studios across New York and Los Angeles, disrupting the fitness space and flexing real influence. Uniquely positioned—Y7 classes combine 60-minutes of intensity with heat and strength, complemented by deep breathing to calm the mind, all while set to the latest beats (think A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Drake) Levey’s goal? Make the practice of yoga more accessible and inclusive in attitude and design, with dark rooms and zero mirrors to eliminate the distraction of physical comparison.
Named an All-Star Entrepreneur of 2018 by Inc. Magazine and featured in Forbes, Vogue, Bazaar, Entrepreneur, Shape, InStyle, Refinery29, Women’s Health and more, Levey has earned her success with pure drive and dedication. Outside the studio, Sarah has appeared in campaigns for GapBody, TRESemmé and Nike.