A New York minute leaves no time to catch your breath (let alone listen to it). To paraphrase Ferris Bueller: New York moves pretty fast - if you don't have some PANATEA to Sip Up and Zen Out - you could miss your subway stop. While the ideal place to practice your Vrksasana might be on the beach, the moment you most need your inner-shanti is definitely when stuck in midtown traffic. We've found these 5 yoga studios, or shall we call them sanctuaries, to revitalize your New York state of mind.
And fun fact: Samurai Warriors would drink matcha to energize before battle. Think how this could help you own your warrior pose!
For the Visual Yogi: Yogamaya
135 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
Situated in what used to be an industrial printing facility, the temple-like Yogamaya studio is adorned with colorful mosaics, motifs and deities. Enter into a studio drenched in sun from the skylight, and begin your journey of balance, harmony and relaxation.
For the Laid-back Yogi: Yoga Vida
99 University Pl, New York, NY 10003
Yoga Vida lives up to their mantra of “yoga is for everyone,” by offering affordable classes at all different levels. Their inclusive and friendly atmosphere (think free granola + floor-to-ceiling windows + ample mat storage room) has won over our wallets and our practice.
For the Party Yogi: Y7
25 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
An innovative new yoga experience...Y7 uses heat, darkness and heart-pumping, loud music (but in like a really peaceful type of way) to draw out breath and build up strength. Y7’s teachers are "artists" and their yogis belong to a fierce and growing "tribe called sweat”.
For the Luxury Yogi: Pure Yoga
204 W 77th St New York, NY and 203 E 86th St New York, NY
High-end amenities and modern details make those feel at home at Pure Yoga. The windowless studio creates a refuge from the busy streets of New York, and inspires a luxurious moment of off-the-grid clarity.
For the Spiritual Yoga: Jivamukti Yoga School
841 Broadway #2 New York, NY
Not for the faint of heart, Jivamukti builds their “open classes” on the five tenets of their namesake Jivamukti yoga practice: scripture, devotion, kindness, music and meditation. Their classes are deeply spiritual and rigorous, yet open to all skill sets. You’ll also experience the most powerful chanting of Oms in the tri-state area.