Daybreaker is an early morning dance movement in 16 cities around the world and growing. We start with a one hour yoga + fitness experience and then dance with reckless abandon for two hours before work. You never know where our next location will be and what surprises are in store. We don’t need alcohol. We don’t need to pretend to be someone else. We come as we are to sweat, dance and connect with ourselves and each other. See you on the dance floor.
Dancing sober in community during the morning is amazing for your health and happiness because it helps release your brain’s natural “happy chemicals.” This quartet of chemicals include: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins. We call it the Daybreaker DOSE.
How to get it:
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. It motivates you to take action toward your goals and gives you a surge of reinforcing pleasure when you achieve each goal. At Daybreaker, you have to set your alarm and wake up before the sun comes up. This offers a deep feeling of accomplishment. While most everyone is sleeping, you’re up and dancing!
Oxytocin is often referred to as “the cuddle hormone.” When hugging or kissing a loved one, oxytocin levels increase. At Daybreaker, a hugging committee greets party-goers with a genuine hug upon arrival that triggers oxytocin. This release creates intimacy and trust and strengthens relationships. Later, while community members dance, they’re often holding hands and experiencing hundreds of people around them, moving together — all means for more happy chemicals.
Serotonin, the brain chemical crucial to mood and motivation, also shapes personality to make you susceptible to spiritual experiences. Serotonin flows when you feel significant or important. At Daybreaker, the DJ’s we select play positive, upbeat and joyful music, and our MCs facilitate transformational experiences for people who have never danced sober in the morning before!
Endorphins are morphine-like chemicals released from the pituitary gland that help diminish pain and trigger positive feelings. They’ll release in times of stress, pain, orgasm and with strenuous exercise. A “second wind” or the euphoric “runner’s high” are both the result of endorphins. At Daybreaker, you get to dance for two hours straight. Add in the hour-long yoga + fitness experience, and you’re burning upwards of 1000 calories in one Daybreaker morning!
Over a late-night falafel in Williamsburg, we mused over an idea. An idea about dancing before the day broke with people we love. About cultivating a community that values wellness, camaraderie, self-expression, mindfulness… and mischief. About going to work with our brows slightly dewed from moving our bodies with reckless abandon, sans alcohol but with so much spirit, surrounded by the most amazing people we know. Daybreaker has grown from a small social experiment and an art project with our friends in the basement of a NYC coffee shop to a movement connecting incredible humans locally and globally who choose to live life differently. – Radha Agrawal + Matthew Brimer
BE HERE NOW.
SWEAT, EAT & DRINK WITH INTENTION. REVEL IN GRATITUDE.
BREAK THE RULES WITH LOVE. <3
BE YOUR GLORIOUSLY, UNABASHED SELF.
OPEN YOUR HEART & CONNECT WITH PEOPLE.