- Yoga Vida
666 Broadway, at Bond St.; 212-845-9973
While yoga facilities with a roster of big-ticket instructors like Elena Brower (Virayoga) and Schulyer Grant (Kula Yoga) still reign, some stretch-seekers find many studios’ postures to come with an off-putting air of, well, posturing. One new yoga studio, however, dominates those giants when it comes to competence without self-conscious flash. Opened in Union Square by ex–Bear Stearns trader Mike Patton last summer, this one doesn’t take itself too seriously (more joking, less om-ing), holds a wealth of excellent and affordable classes ($12 a pop, $6 for students), and offers appealingly spacious digs (8,000 square feet).
From the 2012 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).