Is that annoying? Surprisingly, in a yoga class, it isn’t.
A friend suggested I tried a class at Humming Puppy, a yoga studio (based in Melbourne and Sydney) with a room that literally hums. Her reason for me trying the class was not the strange humming noise – it was because the studio itself was so fancy and dreamy, AND it had free coconut water. She knows me.
The hum itself, however, was what got me in the end.
I arrived for my first class and immediately went for the free coconut water. I don’t even like coconut water, but… you know… FREE. Also, a herbal tea and a free hair elastic. What a great start.
Anyway. Back to the yoga. (Post continues after gallery)
The studio is a very large, warehouse looking room, painted black inside with barely any light, which already feels like a stark contrast to the bright yoga rooms I’m used to. It has a very high apex ceiling with sci-fi black heating panels hanging down – the room is heated to a comfortable 27 degrees.
The mats are aligned perfectly, but you don’t just choose your own here; you have pre-booked a specific mat. I find my way to mat B4, and all the tools of a yoga class are already there for me – a block, a strap and a mat, with a bolster and a towel nearby.
It was 10 minutes before the class began, so I copied everyone else and lay down on my back. I had noticed the ‘hum’ as soon as I’d walked in the room, and now I looked around for the source. I think it was coming from small speakers hidden in the ceiling – otherwise, there was a man crouched on a rafter up there, fooling us all.
Here’s what the Humming Puppy website says about the humming noise:
“Our yoga space or ‘shala’ is injected with a combination of frequencies to enhance and deepen your experience. More specifically we use a combination of 7.83hz and 40hz. Being submersed in these frequencies helps you to naturally produce matching frequencies through a process of entrainment.”
“7.83hz (otherwise known as the Schumann Resonance) is actually the frequency of the earth itself and helps to ‘ground’ you through your practice. 40hz is specifically associated with ‘Gamma’ brainwave activity, integral for achieving states of peak performance. Elite athletes, top-notch musicians and high achievers in all fields, typically produce far more gamma waves than average.”