When it’s this easy to get carried away with the endless events and activities at your fingertips in New York City, finding downtime is no small feat. A few moments in savasana might just be the solution to this fast-paced lifestyle. However, with hundreds of local yoga studios to choose from, it’s difficult to find the one that best suits your needs. We profile 10 outstanding yoga studios in NYC, with suggestions for every type of practitioner.
Candle-lit vinyasa classes set to the pace of The Weekend and Frank Ocean make Y7 incredibly trendy as it combines the ancient practice of yoga with a modern twist. The class is slightly heated and instructors guide you through a sequence of postures and then allow you to flow at your own pace, giving you freedom in your practice. Once you’re done, you can step outside into their stylish lobby, get a juice from their in-house shop, and settle into a high-back armchair as you sink your feet into a fur rug. Epitomizing New York’s love of the color black, this is the future of yoga.
This one is for the tree-climbers, wishful dancers and experimental yogis. In a stunning, high-ceiling classroom, you are invited to climb into a silk hammock for a gravity-defying experience. Aerial yoga, the latest trend in the yoga world, is one of the most popular classes at Om Factory. Once you get used to being off the ground, the calming swing of the hammock, combined with the thrill of the inversion portion of the class, will keep you on a high. They also offer acro-yoga, which uses body balance to get into partner-led postures. If neither of those is for you, this studio also offers vinyasa, ashtanga, budokon and restorative classes, as well as aerial classes for kids.
Om Factory, 873 Broadway, Suite 202, New York, NY, USA +1 212 353 3500
Established in 1999, this certified and recognized brand of yoga boasts a chain of locations and a strong following. Bikram Yoga is equipped with environmentally friendly heating systems and high-tech anti-microbial flooring to make you as comfortable as possible in the heated rooms. One of the most demanding types of yoga, bikram follows a series of 26 postures in the same sequence every time. The benefits of this added intensity are that muscles are more prone to flexibility when warm and you can gauge your progress through repetition. With more than 10 classes per day, it isn’t hard to find a time that works for you at this studio and it often becomes addictive.
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