Don’t be surprised by the yoga equipment hanging from the ceiling. At Shakti House, the dangling silk slings are used in aerial yoga classes, which are designed to boost blood flow and decompress spines. Aerial yoga practitioners wrap around their legs around the soft slings to perform graceful inversions, and slip their arms through them for added support during challenging poses. However, aerial yoga is just one of the more than 25 yoga styles practiced at Shakti House.
The veteran team of instructors also leads ground-bound classes in yin, hatha, ashtanga, and kundalini yoga styles, helping yogis of all levels beat stress and build strength and flexibility. Their Pilates mat classes, meanwhile, build core strength more effectively and than a 24-hour tickle fight. In total, they lead more than 30 classes per week, but visitors don’t have to workout every time they stop by the studio—they can also browse an on-site boutique stocked with Lucy activewear, handmade jewelry, and rotating art displays.
Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge surrounds its 12 bowling lanes with leather couches and flickering fireplaces, much like a living room designed by PBA great Earl Anthony. High-definition projection screens broadcast music videos high above each lane, and 20 plasma televisions broadcast live sports events at the bar. Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge also has a second-level mezzanine, where guests can watch games from above or pretend to be gods of thunder.
This quote by Elsie De Wolfe sums up the mission of self-taught photographer Monique Marie, "I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life." To this end, Marie puts extra effort into making her subjects feel beautiful, particularly during boudoir sessions in which she stresses comfort, safety, and privacy. She employs a duo of makeup artists who enhance each boudoir client's features, and she boasts a voluminous knowledge of poses that help each client feel their best. She also revels in the beauty of weddings, engagements, and babies learning how to smile or say "Gruy?re" for the first time.