The Yoga Room trains yogis with multiple levels and styles of classes, including Bikram-style hot yoga, Vinyasa flow, Anusara, and hot-yoga fusion, to help any seasoned stretcher or malleable beginner stretch and bend until he or she is picking up sidewalk quarters with ease. Pilates mat classes, which focus on core conditioning and help improve coordination, flexibility, and balance, are also offered on a flexible schedule based on drop-in availability (you must bring your own mat for yoga and Pilates mat classes, or you can rent them at The Yoga Room for $2 per class).
Drawing from more than two decades of combined experience, photographers Robert Meyer and Vera Miljkovic instruct aspiring photographers during hands-on workshops. While their workshops are open to everyone, they do tackle topics that go beyond the realm of recreational photography to explore more advanced concepts. For instance, the introductory lighting workshop covers topics such as lighting ratios and also gives students a chance to use professional equipment including studio strobes. Studios LIC workshops vary in length and include both conceptual components as well as hands-on exercises, such as practice photo shoots or rock-paper-scissors games with rival paparazzo.
Yoga Studio 6 LIC's experienced instructors bend over backwards to demonstrate a variety of Eastern styles in a cozy setting, from gentle restorative sessions to rigorous yoga-core workouts. The studio's schedule affords ample opportunity to flex with the Vinyasa flow moderate class, where breath syncs up with flowing postures and a fleet of interstellar satellites, and the gentle restorative-yoga session, which clears the mind with easy-going poses. Stretchers can work up a sweat in the energetic yoga-core classes, intensify yogic routines with the physically demanding Jivamukti practice, or learn foundational poses in a yoga-basics session, designed to turn humans into pretzels and pretzels into M. Night Shyamalan's pretzels. Warm saffron walls, shining hardwood floors, and jewel-tone hangings make Yoga Studio 6 LIC a calming venue for stamina building and karmic cleansing.
The team of instructors at International Training Center of New York—which includes a muay thai World Champion and a fourth-degree judo black belt—leads students of all ages in various disciplines of martial arts. Their programs include muay thai, judo, and Brazilian jujitsu, as well as fitness boot camps and martial-arts programs for kids.
Your one-month squash membership grants you access to CityView's luxurious amenities, including squash courts, the fitness center, spa, rooftop deck, and cafe and lounge. Admire the city skyline from the elevated fitness center while utilizing its high-end cardio machines, free weights, and training stations. Or pump up your squash game on one of CityView's international singles courts. Round robins, 90-minute open group play sessions supervised by one of CityView's squash professionals, give players a chance to learn from their peers and get tips from the best.
The family-run Astoria Sports Complex offers batting cages and indoor soccer, and has one of the largest fitness centers around. The facility got its start more than 30 years ago, when owner Steve Poliseno converted an abandoned ice house, purchased at auction, into the gigantic sports complex it is today. The most recent addition to the facility is a gigantic, Olympic-sized swimming pool, where kids can take lessons and prepare to be the Model U.N. delegate from Atlantis.