Whether you want to stand taller, bend over backwards, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, Devotion Yoga offers a suitable yoga style. Launch a quest to find peace of mind, openness of heart, and baby Jason’s golden pacifier during a bhakti open flow session, or celebrate the night’s final departure during an "Om in the a.m." class, a yogic excursion that starts a brand-new day with challenging postures and breathing techniques. Devotion’s Uptown location sits in a cozy storefront space right across from Manhattan’s skyscratchers, and the original downtown location has two relaxing studios: the Sun Studio, a bright yoga lounge with yellowed walls, high ceilings, and bulletproof windows, and the Moon Room, decked out in bamboo floors and meditative plants.
Pilates is a low-impact total-body discipline that uses resistance machines, stretching, and controlled breathing patterns to make the body looser, lither, and healthier. During Premier Pilates and Training classes, students become acquainted with the trademark Pilates positions. If you opt for the five mat classes, you can mold muscles and burn calories by doing Pilates, yoga, or piloxing (Pilates and boxing). To learn to move your body using an efficient range of motion on the Pilates reformer machine, opt for the three small-group reformer classes, which include options such as Call to Arms and Abs, and the BOSU Challenge for better balance and bear hugs. If you're craving personal attention and a customized Pilates routine, choose the two private sessions. One of Premier Pilates and Training's Pilates gurus will focus on your fitness needs and help you find the strength-building regimen that works for you. Check the schedule for class times and descriptions.
Soft tatami mats imported from Japan fill NYC Quest Dojo’s more than 1,000-square-foot dojo, where owner-instructor Leo Dokutoshi Pimentel teaches what he calls Intelligent Self-Defense, or To-Shin Do. Founded by Stephen K. Hayes, To-Shin Do is the modern-day extrapolation of 16th-century ninja training, and it revolves around ideas like peace, focus, and positivity. Today, Hayes enthusiastically shares the fruits of his travels and training with others, not only at NYC Quest Dojo, but also through the various books he's written and through his work as an international speaker. Pimentel studied with An-shu Hayes for 22 years and brings his fifth-degree black belt skills to the mat. Their classes in meditation and mixed martial arts are geared toward both adults and children.
The staff at Bienvenue Dance Center is made up of diverse international talent including a USA tango champion and a professional dance coach from Barcelona. Under their tutelage, students of all levels can learn the basics of popular dance styles such as salsa, tango, and ballroom. Private one-on-one lessons help dancers to learn the ropes and fine tune technique, while group lessons for 8-10 people help them learn to lead and follow with different partners. Bienvenue also offers kids classes that incorporate hip hop and jazz sequences, as well as wedding dance lessons to teach brides how to do the worm without losing their veil.
As an athlete with an M.F.A. in dance, as well as an instructor with years of experience teaching dance and Pilates to college students and dance companies, Mary K. Vogt is eminently qualified to lead the team at Harmony Pilates. Along with a small group of instructors, she lead clients through solo or duet sessions or group classes. The private sessions make full use of equipment (cadillac, reformer, chair, etc.), while group classes rely on mat, trampoline, and tower equipment. Classes are held seven days a week.
At Premier Martial Arts, a team of instructors grants students of all ages a wealth of self-defense knowledge drawn from four distinct disciplines: Krav Maga, kickboxing, submission grappling, and kali. The studio’s hourlong classes are separated by discipline, but each features a practical set of self-defense moves taught via an intense, calorie-burning workout.
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