Rick Ross and Yoga is an unlikely combination, but for Beth Cooke, it’s just another day in the office. “It’s like how you lose yourself in dance, you lose yourself on the mat.” A former dancer, Cooke is now a yoga instructor for a Brooklyn-born studio called Y7. Three years young, Y7 specializes in hip-hop yoga classes. With the latest tunes, participants indulge in a heated infra-red sauna style 60-minute sweat sesh in a dark room.
Cooke is one of the many "Y7 artists" sprinkled across the country in studios located in Brooklyn, Flatiron, Soho, Union Square and West Hollywood. She stumbled upon her practice after a tumultuous time in her life and found yoga to be, “the only thing that helped me feel comfortable in my own skin.” While taking classes at Yoga to the People, a chain of studios that offer free or donation-based classes, her interest in yoga quickly evolved to passion.
After hearing from friends about a studio that married her interest in hip hop music and her new found love, she knew she had to find a way to be a part of it. “I’m just so obsessed with my job,” Cooke says. With each class, she hopes to inspire others to channel their inner strengths, help them find peace and build the confidence they need to conquer their own tumults in life.
Cooke is, unfortunately, only based in New York but she’s spreading the Y7 love all over with this “Get Open” playlist, personalized and hand picked for you by Cooke herself for a 60-minute at-home experience. Step out of your comfort zone, press play, and lose yourself on that mat.
Beth Cooke's Y7 Hip Hop Yoga Playlist
- Halving the Compass (Rhian Sheehan Remix) by Helios
- Calm by Haruka Nakamura
- Big Boy by Balam Acab
- Needed Me by Rihanna
- 1st (Remix) by Torri Wolf
- Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G.
- Jusfayu by KAMAU
- Genesis by Grimes
- Apart by Ricky Blaze
- Hustlin’ by Rick Ross
- So Far to Go feat. Common & D’Angelo by J Dilla
- I Feel Ya by Allan Kingdom
- Waiting (PAL Remix) by Alice Boman
- Awaiting Your Arrival by Good Weather For An Airstrike
- Orange Ocean by Kodomo
- aisatsana  by Aphex Twin
- Endless Falls by Loscil
- Dusk by Garth Stevenson
Cooke suggests a Vinyasa or Power Vinyasa flow, but she encourages to do whatever feels right for you.