All to say, the Hermès carré is a coveted fashion accessory; I was almost 16 years old when I first felt the pull. What would it be like to own one? I’ve always wondered. I’d never even touched a carré, and here I am about to break a sweat with one! Truth to be told: I’m a little nervous. Even though I’ve been practicing yoga for a little over a year now, I’ve never done anything like this.
After I unglue my eyes from my space derby carré, I survey the room from my lotus position. The vaulted ceiling boasting the building’s original frescoes, the arched windows and the light spilling through them, the ornate, bronze chandeliers. And of course, Hermès’ display of scarves hanging from wooden gymnastic rings. Everything’s stunning, and thoughtfully executed. There’s also the convenience factor. Don’t worry about bringing a mat or a towel. Forgot your bottle of water? Hermès has thought of that, too. All we have to do now is work out!
Led by Frances Brower, a fitness-and-yoga-guru clad in an orange tracksuit (because, of course), we’re guided through a lovely flow. Carrés function as yoga straps; we use them to stretch, open the shoulders and hamstrings, and lean just a little more into challenging poses. In some moments, however, when we swirl the scarves around, it’s simply just for show. I love this class, its dancing spirit. Day one? Success!