The first master yogis bent themselves like twist-ties around their enemies, smothering them with relaxing vibes. Today's Groupon offers a similar chance to defeat work-related stress with one month of unlimited yoga classes at YogaWorks. For $49, you can gumbify yourself in over a dozen varieties of bendiscipline at any of five YogaWorks New York locations (a $129 value) in Soho, Union Square, Westchester, Westside, and Eastside, for either new students or those who've not attended a YogaWorks class in at least a year. Groupon purchasers are welcome to spread their visits over multiple locations.
Classes vary from location to location, but together you'll have your pick from more than 100 sessions a week, some starting as early as 6 a.m. and others as late as 8 p.m. YogaWorks' impassioned and experienced instructors remix pliable poses from well-known traditions such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa with samples from lesser-known paths to lithe enlightenment like Iyengar, known in secret circles as the "way of the swift-handed dancing snake." There are also specially crafted classes for pre- and post-natal women, kids, and seniors, and hybrid classes such as BarWorks and SculptWorks.
Different poses unblock dammed channels of energy, and deep breathing suffuses the fatigued spirit with renewed vigor, just like blowing into a Nintendo cartridge. Finally become flexible enough to eat your food with your feet and touch your earlobes together. Yoga veterans malleable as warm wax and neophytes unable to touch their hands are equally welcome, with different classes attuned to different levels of ability and a perpetual emphasis on increasing satisfaction and skill.
Rental mats are available for an additional $2, or students may bring their own.
Time Out New York and Fitness NYC have written about the various YogaWorks locations in New York City. The Eastside, Midtown and Union Square branches of YogaWorks all have 4.5-5-star raves from Citysearchers. Yelpers give the Westside and Union Square locations a 3.5-star average:
- The space, the largest YogaWorks on the East Coast, uses feng shui and eco-friendly materials (bamboo floors, natural tiles, etc.), to make the studio sleek and inviting. A community lounge, self-service tea counter and complimentary wireless access top off the amenities. – Time Out New York, Soho Location
- The class was a combination of strength, dance and ballet. I really enjoyed it, it was restorative, but never once boring. We moved through arms, legs, butt and abs, and back through, never performing more than one set of each exercise, which is fabulous. – Melissa, Fitness NYC
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.