Equipment: Yoga classes, ranging from Alignment (Iyengar inspired) to Power Flow.
Students should bring: An open mind.
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.
P. S. Yoga Studios' owners, Susan and Peter, have a single mission: "We strive to make your experience rewarding physically, mentally, and spiritually, and for you to make advances in your practice every time you get on your mat." Yoga classes cover all levels of practice, from soothing, stretching-based Yin yoga to advanced Power Flow sessions, and even children's yoga. Leading these classes is a group of experienced instructors, each of whom is approachable, welcoming, and able to stretch into the shape of a soft pretzel.
Established by the peace purveyors at Chi Spa, Chi Yoga Center's instructors motivate students of all ages and skill levels to seek inner serenity while building strong and limber bodies. At their new 26th St. location the studio is outfitted in pale green tones and a mirrored wall that reflects the Buddha art displayed on the opposite side. Here, instructors guide pupils through various yoga styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, and Sivananda. They also teach Iron yoga, which helps guests improve their flexibility with yoga and build lean muscle mass with weight training drills, such as bench-pressing other yogis.
Demonstrating a commitment to preserving the environment and a sense of community, the instructors offer incentives for traveling by bicycle or foot or contributing a charitable donation such as toys, household items, and nonperishable foods.
Thanks to the wide variety of classes that Bombay Room Yoga offers, students have a good chance of finding the one that speaks to them. The studio encourages visitors to attend virtually any class, regardless of their skill or fitness level, so that they can learn what sort of practice leaves them feeling centered and mentally and physically rejuvenated. The classes range in intensity and purpose: Vinyasa sequences harness controlled breathing and free-flowing transitions to provide a more dynamic session, and yin yoga embraces the opposite end of the spectrum by calling on deep, sustained stretches to liberate the joints and help students discover whether they're made of Laffy Taffy. Since every class is designed for newcomers as well as experienced students, the instructors take time to wander throughout the room and aid participants in their practice by correcting their posture and suggesting modified poses.
Motorcycles and yoga don't typically have much in common, but Tree of India owner Jessica Lohrey's life-changing motorcycle accident catalyzed her to share the healing power of yoga practice with others. Today, Jessica runs a boutique where she helps guests calm and heal themselves with yoga, aromatherapy, and creativity.
At Tree of India, Jessica helps students reach for inner peace during yoga classes that accommodate beginners as well as seasoned yogis. She also curates a boutique full of art, clothing, jewelry, cruelty-free makeup, and the store's signature essential oils.
The earthy shop hosts a variety of spiritual and wellness events—including workshops where attendees can better hone their understanding of the intricacies of aromatherapy, meditation, or reiki energy healing—to help guests find peace and shake the capuchin monkeys from their backs.
The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga is a product of numerous influences. Developed by a master yoga instructor, Jimmy Barkan, the practice originated in Calcutta, India, where Jimmy began infusing Hatha-yoga postures and movements with those of other disciplines. Today, on the other side of the globe, his instructors host each class in rooms heated to warm or hot levels, which not only helps stretch limbs, but also strengthens muscle groups and defrosts the poultry they plan on eating later. Following in Jimmy’s footsteps, these teachers bolster their knowledge of the discipline by earning certification from the Barkan Method and recognition from Yoga Alliance.
Stress Less Yoga’s founder Deborah Lile harnesses her 20 years of teaching experience to help others subscribe to the anxiety-decimating mission that her studio name suggests. She harnesses elements of several yoga disciplines—including Hatha, Bikram, Iyengar, and Kripalu—to help students of all abilities improve their flexibility, strength, and balance during group and private yoga lessons. Each indoor and outdoor class incorporates postures linked with breath and meditation to banish fatigue and muscle tension, leaving students more refreshed than the web-based yule log that Robot Roosevelt chats in front of when he’s at town-hall meetings with slow internet connections.