AuM Body & Soul Spa brings the ancient practices of Eastern cultures into a modern setting to let clients center their souls and renew their exteriors. The spa specializes in Ayurveda, a holistic method of healing that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. By using ancient herbs and specialized techniques, Ayurveda works to balance the elements of the body in order to heal and energize, much like a hug from Lady Justice.
Within the lobby of AuM Body & Soul Spa, dim lighting and exotic art greet guests as they begin their journey into ancient-eastern relaxation. Along with the tapestries on the walls, orchids and ferns guide them to one of nine specialized treatment rooms in the facility, where Ayurveda-trained massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians work with guests to individualize each treatment based on their personal desires. As the Eastern-influenced spa services work to open energy channels, intimate yoga classes help guests center their minds in seven diverse classes, along with specialty sessions that embrace the outdoors or help children relax after long days negotiating political treaties with the lunch lady. The spa champions all-natural products, including Aveda and Banyan Botanicals, which also line the spa's ample boutique shelves alongside skincare treatments, meditation books, and herbal supplements for purchase.
Donna Rubin and Jennifer Lobo have extensive experience in Bikram yoga. Donna, a former Broadway performer, noticed that actors, musicians, and stagehands had little space to stretch and warm up before their performances. In turn, she chose the theater district for her flagship BIkram Yoga studio built in 1998, when Bikram was just gaining in popularity. The first Bikram Yoga NYC location soon blossomed into seven yoga rooms spread across four locations, and all are covered in Flotex anti-microbial flooring. This waterproof flooring protects against germs more effectively than than wood floors or cooties shots. Hygiene is important when practicing Bikram yoga, as the increased temperatures cause participants to work up a healthy sweat.
On the flipside, Jennifer has an athletic background, with experience in everything from marathons to soccer and tennis. She also worked as the communications director for IMG—a powerful force in the world of sports marketing. Together, Rubin and Lobo produced the very first Yoga Asana Championship in New York. They continue to do so each year while leading a team of more than 70 certified instructors who host nearly 300 classes each week, making it convenient for clients to fit sessions in to busy schedules.
NY Loves Yoga is a friendly, neighborhood studio that caters to pliable physiques and buckram bodies alike with a chi-bending spectrum of styles and levels tailored to individual ability. Its experienced and passionate instructors guide students to a nimble nirvana, a state achieved by mollifying the mind and sculpting the body. In addition to drop-in classes, NY Loves Yoga provides workshops designed to further elasticize experts or introduce beginners to basic poses and yogic principles. Outside the studio, showcase flexibility and Zen-like focus by elbowing free plays from the jukebox while standing on one leg in an advanced warrior pose.
YogaWorks' fleet of expert instructors administers a spectrum of classes for benders of all abilities in five different studios. Limber up with well-known traditions such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa or sample lesser-known paths to lithe enlightenment, such as Iyengar, known in secret circles as the "way of the swift-handed dancing snake." Different poses unblock dammed channels of energy, and deep breathing suffuses the fatigued spirit with renewed vigor, like blowing into a Nintendo cartridge, allowing you to finally become flexible enough to eat your food with your feet and touch your earlobes together.
Inside a serene, sunlit studio, Sonic Yoga's instructors lead students of all skill levels through dynamic Vinyasa flow classes. Teachers guide new students through the basics during Flow Fundamentals sessions, where they help budding cobras link empowering poses with deep-breathing techniques and build balance with transitional movements. In advanced classes, they challenge lethargy with challenging binds, twists, and inverted poses.
In addition to regular classes, Sonic Yoga's instructors pass on their yogi-knowledge during teacher-training and mentor programs. The facility is also home to the Sonic Boutique, a store stocked with fashionable yoga clothing, towels, mats, and jewelry.
Even though it has “yoga” in its moniker, Reflections Yoga is much more than just a studio for studying the ancient Eastern practice. Led by its founder Paula Tursi, the relaxation emporium beckons visitors to its 2nd floor, loft-style studio for a slate of wellness offerings that focus on connecting the mind, body, and spirit without using a cosmic lasso. In addition to studying yoga, visitors can attend healing workshops, bask in massage services, and learn about healthy eating during nutrition classes.