Mind, body, spirit — the pillars senior Carlie Sobol said NoomaLIFE prioritizes in their fitness studio.
According to Noomalife.com, Nooma is a “mind-body” experience studio, seeking to help customers create a healthy lifestyle by connecting them to their own minds, bodies and spirits through various workouts.
“I have an interesting role because I teach their hot yoga on Wednesday nights, but I’m also doing sort of an internship, and I’m working with them to help on the business side,” Sobol said.
Sobol, a management major, has been a certified yoga instructor since summer 2017. She teaches a hot-yoga class at Nooma, works at the front desk and helps with their business and marketing plans, along with being active in her social club and a full-time student. She attributes her time-management skills to her type-A personality and her background in balancing school and dance throughout high school.
When it comes to teaching her peers and classmates, Sobol said that it is good to see both people she knows and meet new people through Nooma.
“It’s fun because I get mostly students, and I know them. … I can relate to them — I feel like I’m a better teacher to those I can relate,” Sobol said.
The summer after her sophomore year, senior Allie Lowe became certified in group fitness and began attending Nooma as a student. Lowe said one of the owners of Nooma, Casey Cox, pushed her to become more confident in herself and to start teaching at Nooma.
“Nooma is where I go to relieve stress, so it’s not a sacrifice for me, it’s a treat. I have to remind myself that it’s something I need for my body and my mind,” Lowe said.
Lowe teaches a low-impact heated workout class at Nooma in the evenings. Because her class is in the evening, many Harding students attend.
“There’s a lot of people who I met through Nooma that are my age and that I go to school with who I didn’t know otherwise, so it’s cool to be able to connect with peers in that way,” Lowe said.
Senior Kailey Thornton has attended various Nooma classes since last September with both student instructors and full-time instructors.
“With a student instructor, there’s definitely an excited energy because you’re excited to see what they will do,” Thornton said. “It’s like she’s on my team. She’s one of us and that sets it apart from other classes.”