Have you seen this show yet? It’s a web series about yoga. No, wait! Come back! Seriously. When we first heard of “Om City” we thought, ‘oh cool, another yoga web series.’ But we’re relieved to say we were pleasantly surprised by this one – there’s honest writing, a relatable story line (especially if you’re a yoga teacher, and double if you’re a yoga teacher in NYC), and well-constructed production – a major help to the flow of the show.
At first, the “struggle of the modern yoga teacher” may feel like a flimsy and trite theme, but “Om City,” a kickstarter-funded project which launched online August 30th, is as engaging and multi-layered as you might hope a show about yoga-teaching life would be, for better or worse. There’s the reality of running around the city to teach 20-something classes a week in order to make a living, the sometimes creepy and inappropriate private clients, the internal battles of self-doubt and insecurity, the lingering family issues added in.
There’s definitely some drama, but don’t worry, there are plenty of laughable moments, too, like when the yoga studio owner, an ex-Wall Street guy capitalizing on the yoga boom, says “Om” is too much of a “chanty thing” scaring people off (why not do a “silent om” instead?), and of course the infamous yoga fart makes a magical appearance. Cue the eye rolls and the giggles.
It helps that “Om City” is the brainchild of Tom O’Brien (writer/director) and Jessie Barr (co-creator/series main character) who also happen to both be yoga teachers who met while teaching at Elena Brower’s (now shuttered) Virayoga. (They’re also engaged to be married, which is cute.) Other featured guest stars include Chris Messina (“The Mindy Project”), Louis Cancelmi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Mike Godere (“The Affair”) all lending their talents to the show’s good and believable acting. Even Brower is an impressive actress, making a cameo appearance in episode two (though, granted, she’s playing herself).
Each of the seven episodes is under 10 minutes so you’ll whip through the whole season in about an hour, which, even in speedy internet time, is worth it. We hear there’s talk of a season two and we can’t say we’re mad.
Watch the first episode below and catch the entire series online here.
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