- Dharma Yoga Brooklyn
82 Sixth Ave., nr. St. Marks Ave., second fl., Park Slope; 718-395-7632
In a city where Vinyasa-induced calm is often offset by $20-a-class rates, instructors Lily Cushman and Jeremy Frindel felt moved to do something different. The pair turned a former hair salon into a candlelit yoga haven with stained-glass bay windows, just five instructors (Cushman herself teaches fifteen sessions a week), and—most impressively—a true pay-as-you-wish policy. There’s no check-in desk or awkward badgering; rather, participants drop anywhere from $5 to $20 into the small metal box near the doorway, unprompted. As Cushman put it, “You’re not just coming to tone a six-pack or get your money’s worth out of an overpriced unlimited card.” Classes max out at 25 attendees and most last 90 minutes, and the population is as democratic as the pay system, from toned twentysomethings to graying kombucha swillers.
Best Pay-What-You-Want Yoga
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).