Fitting exercise into a busy life can feel like a workout unto itself. But ask Toomey, creator of the wildly popular program The Class, how to get started and her advice is as plain as day: “You begin. It’s that simple.” Toomey worked in fashion for years before quitting to become a yoga instructor and taking a mind-opening trip to Peru. Then she developed her own special mash-up of yoga, cardio, and meditation (with a dash of therapy), and began teaching. Soon converts like Christy Turlington Burns and Naomi Watts were signing up to jump, stretch, sweat, and shout their way through cathartic, mirror-fogged sessions. By intensely pushing the body, Toomey says, she hopes to spur self-discovery well beyond the studio. “We like to call The Class practice ground for life.”
Mantra: “If you like it and it feels good, it works.”
Everyday Shoe: “I’m often barefoot in the studio, so I love that I can glide right into No. 6 clogs. They also give me a lift without having a huge heel.” New School Clog on Wedges, in Honey, $275, no6store.com.
Color Palette: “Mauve, sage, light gray, and off-white, like this cozy baby- alpaca throw.” Danae woven throw, from $460, sefteliving.com.
Tunes On Repeat: “Florence and the Machine does something to my soul.” Florence + the Machine MTV Unplugged, $14, bn.com.
Sun Smarts: “I put on Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops every day, and keep my eyes protected with Dita sunglasses.” Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics Sun Drops, $145 for 30 ml, violetgrey.com. Daytripper sunglasses, $550, dita.com.
Signature Scent: “For more than 15 years, I've worn Bulgari Au Thé Vert. It smells clean and makes me happy.” Eau de cologne, from $97, neimanmarcus.com.
Makeup M.O.: “I prefer neutrals. I line my lips with a Kevyn Aucoin pencil, then fill them in.” The Flesh Tone lip pencil, in Minimal, $25, sephora.com.
On Her Toes: “I teamed up with Tenoverten to create a set of formaldehyde-free polishes in soothing shades.” Taryn Toomey Trio, from $54, tenoverten.com.
Trusted Carryall: “My MZ Wallace Metro tote is functional and lightweight, and can hold quite a lot.” Oxford Medium Metro, in Gull Grey, $215, mzwallace.com.
Beauty Go-Tos: “I put on May Lindstrom’s The Blue Cocoon balm each evening -- it smells healing -- and use a GloPro microstimulation facial tool.” Balm, $180, maylindstrom.com. GloPro Microstimulation facial tool, $199, nordstrom.com.
Daily Uniform: “To teach, I often wear leggings with a low-backed leotard. I gravitate to light colors, and used them in the line I designed with Lululemon.” Awakening crop, $88, lululemon.com.
By Her Bed: “Water, a book, and chunks of onyx and hematite. They make me feel grounded and balanced.” Hematite, $12, paxtongate.com.
Favorite Flowers: “Magnolias and peonies.”
To Unwind: “I take a long bath with Pursoma Digital Detox, write, get a massage, or meditate -- sometimes all of those things.” Digital Detox bath, $34, pursomalife.com.