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Best Beginner Yoga

  • Pure Yoga

    203 E. 86th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-360-1888

    You want to try it, but yoga still seems a) annoyingly trendy, b) possibly New Agey, and c) crowded. Take a class at Pure Yoga ($25), the new yoga emporium imported from Hong Kong. There are twenty types of yoga on the schedule, over 100 classes a week, and teaching begins at 6 a.m. and lasts until 9:30 p.m.; the sheer volume makes it the best place to try Vinyasa, Iyengar, or what have you, in a non-crowded classroom with good teachers. If you don’t like the class, it’s a nice place to hang out, with rain showers in the locker room and a lounge for relaxing.

From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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