New York Magazine

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Best of New York 2007 • Health & Self

Stretch to Fit

In the ever-expanding world of New York yoga, there’s a studio to address every personality.


  • FOR BEGINNERS

  • Om Yoga Center

    826 Broadway, 212-254-9642

    Pluses: Big, bright studios; classes that often mix various types of yoga; showers.
    Minuses: A lot of in-class chatting and question-and-answer sessions; teachers tend to talk about their personal lives.
    Star teachers: Christie Clark, founder Cyndi Lee, Frank Mauro, Margi Young.
    Cost per class: $18.

  • FOR MEETING PEOPLE

  • The Shala

    815 Broadway, 212-979-9988

    Pluses: Minimal chanting and lecturing, morning Mysore-style Ashtanga, a real community feeling (the Shala organizes retreats and trips to tropical destinations), good challenging Vinyasa classes.
    Minuses: Cramped dressing rooms, no showers, two unisex bathrooms.
    Star teachers: Founders Barbara Verrochi and Kristin Leigh, ex-Jivamuktis Kelly Morris and Cliff Schuman.
    Cost per class: $17.

  • FOR THE CHALLENGE-HUNGRY

  • Dharma Yoga Center

    297 Third Ave., 212-889-8160

    Pluses: Dharma Mittra, a 67-year-old yogi who can stand on his head with no hands, teaches a two-hour advanced class Monday through Thursday. Expect twenty forearm stands in the first hour.
    Minuses: Cramped dressing rooms, one bathroom, scary-looking shower.
    Star teacher: Dharma Mittra.
    Cost per class: from $13.

  • FOR HIPSTERS

  • Kula Yoga Project

    28 Warren St., 212-945-4460

    Pluses: Excellent Vinyasa classes, minimal lecturing; candlelit evening classes; young vibe.
    Minuses: No shower, and the studio can quickly go from cozy to claustrophobic.
    Star teachers: Studio director Schuyler Grant, David Regelin.
    Cost per class: $17.

  • FOR SERIOUS SWEATING

  • Bikram Yoga Soho

    150 Spring St., 646-613-1674

    Pluses: The studio is heated to about 105, so you will lose at least a pound of water weight. Simple classes make it good for beginners.
    Minuses: Drink a bottle of water before, during, and after class or you will get a dehydration headache. There’s a mad dash for the three tiny showers in the tiny locker rooms.
    Star teacher: Raffael Pacitti.
    Cost per class: $20.

From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

Advertising
Order the Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Best of New York issue

Order This Issue

Other Best Of Guides

Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.

Read More...