Q&A: The Class Instructor Courtney Deri
Q&A: The Class Instructor Courtney Deri
Where do you go when you need to scream and shout and work yourself out? The Class by Taryn Toomey — a cult Tribeca studio that combines yoga, cardio and high-intensity interval training with emotional carthasis — is a good start. Here, we chat with Courtney Deri, a former professional dancer-turned-The Class by Taryn Toomey teacher — who also manages the studio’s teacher training program — on the physical and emotional journey that the experience imparts.
Why you work out…
It's how I cleanse my body of stagnant energy and keep my mind clear.
Advice for someone who struggles to work out consistently…
Try different types of movement and classes until something clicks! There is something for everyone.
A day in your life…
Wake up. Drink hot water with lemon. Meditate. Shower and listen to my Class playlist. Teach The Class by Taryn Toomey. Grab a smoothie at Juice Press. Work with the Teacher Training team on building our TCTT army. Plan Classes for the next day. Grab a salad for lunch in Tribeca — we love Mulberry & Vine and Kaffe 1668. Afternoon or evening yoga. Wine o'clock. Read o'clock (usually with a face mask on). Bedtime.
Your path to The Class…
I've always been a mover. I grew up dancing ballet very seriously and danced professionally for a brief amount of time. I took my first yoga class at 16. Fast forward to 2016, I taught yoga full-time and heard about The Class by Taryn Toomey. When I made it to my first Class with Jaycee Gossett, I knew I had found my new home within the first song. The rest is history!
Photographed By Bea Lund
COURTNEY DERI IN THE SCOOP NECK TANK, SEAMLESS BRALETTE AND PERFORMANCE CASHMERE PANTS; IN TOP PHOTO, WEARING THE SCOOP NECK TANK, SEAMLESS BRALETTE AND SEAMLESS CHEVRON LEGGINGS, PHOTOGRAPHED BY BEA LUND
Why go to The Class…
Holy moly. This is hands down the most transformative practice I have ever experienced. My physical body is the healthiest and strongest it has ever been, yet what I have found to be the biggest benefit is learning how to trust, respect, and love myself in a way that I never would have thought possible.
How it’s different from other workouts…
The Class by Taryn Toomey provides a safe space to work the muscles of the body, heart, spirit and mind. In one session, we incorporate intense physical strength and cardio training, an opportunity to investigate self, and a space for healing, processing and transformation.
Advice for beginners…
I always let first-time students know that the space is safe and that they are encouraged to do whatever they need to take care of themselves. This includes modifying, trusting that the method cannot be done wrong, and knowing they have no boxes to check.
Self-care philosophy and rituals…
Self-care is non-negotiable for me. It doesn't need to be anything fancy, expensive or extravagant. My biggest rituals are drinking hot lemon water and meditating every morning, sleeping six to eight hours each night and giving my body nourishing, delicious foods.
Wellness obsession…
Honestly, I always feel great after a colonic.
How you recharge when you feel depleted…
Rest. Rest. Rest. A massage, a Heyday facial or a HigherDOSE session are always helpful too...
One easy adjustment everyone could benefit from…
Do not look at your phone when you wake up first thing in the morning. Give yourself the opportunity to wake up, reflect, breathe deep.
One thing to eliminate for better health and happiness…
Comparison
Favorite thing to wear when you work out…
Seamless leggings and crop tops
Currently reading…
I do this thing where I read too many books at once. I don't recommend it!
The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You — Karla McLaren
The Dharma Bums — Jack Kerouac
It Ends With Us — Colleen Hoover
Binge-watching..
Nothing. I need suggestions!
Listening…
Guilty pleasure…
Red wine, cheese and dark chocolate
Next trip you have planned…
Spain and Guatemala!
Photographed By Bea Lund
COURTNEY DERI WEARING THE PRINTED CROSS-BACK BRA AND PRINTED 7/8 CHEVRON LEGGINGS, PHOTOGRAPHED BY BEA LUND