Perth’s first hip hop yoga studio is the perfect combination of smooth beats and soulful moves.

Vital Beat Yoga now has two outposts, one in Midland and one in Edgewater, allowing students to bump and grind across a wide range of classes from dynamic vinyasa to deep slow flow and restorative yin. Founder Kaye Waterhouse is the mastermind behind it all and a Lululemon ambassador, meaning she has the inside scoop on the perfect threads for getting downward dawg. She shares her favourite picks from Lululemon, all available in store at Enex Perth, and tells us about her unique studio…

1) Wunder Under Tight, $119

“In ombre malange. For studio to street.”

2) Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew, $89

“In iris. Perfect for keeping warm during yin.”

3) Cruise The Circuits Short Sleeve, $75

“In vintage mauve. Perfect to throw over after a sweaty vinyasa class.”

4) Pushing Limits Bra, $75

“In dark forest. Love a wide band.”

How is Vital Beat different from other yoga studios?

Music is a high priority at VBY and never an afterthought. Each playlist is carefully curated to match the theme and energy curve of our class. We use music to set the mood, support the theme, amp up the energy and to bring the joy! We attract a lot of beginner yogis at VBY, they’re drawn in by the music and then fall in love with the practice of movement and mindfulness. We believe that music is more than a background option, and it can do everything from improving our mood to increasing our energy, and can put a smile on your face or a wiggle into the hips. You should love your yoga and music helps that experience become more possible.

How does the music you choose influence the classes?

Yoga is a practice of working towards your bliss, so we choose music that makes you feel good. Whether it’s bumpin’ hip hop beats, smooth R&B, jazz, soulful acoustic, a cheeky rendition of Daryl Braithwaite’s “Horses”, or a modern take on traditional mantra, music is our second language. Themes play a significant role at the studios, whether the monthly theme is chakras, philosophy, or just our favourite books! It’s another way of embodying the message our teachers are trying to convey, and is as important to the storytelling, as the stories themselves.

What are your favourite artists to play at the studio?

Some artists lend themselves to our flow style yoga much easier than others. Right now we’re loving Lion Babe, Childish Gambino, Jorja Smith, Mojo Juju, H.E.R, The Weekend, Travis Scott, and Khalid.

For someone who hasn’t done yoga before, what are some of the key benefits?

The obvious physical benefits are improved flexibility, reduced incidence of injury, a stronger core, better balance and quality of sleep. The less obvious (and in my opinion the most important) is the breath work, mindfulness, self-reflection, and self-care that is required to sustain a practice… those benefits carry you not just in-studio, but off the mat and into your life too.

Kaye wears Lululemon in all images.