- SLT Yoga
37 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste.; 701 212-355-3014
If you like sitar soundtracking your yoga practice, steer clear of SLT. But if you like downward-dogging to Fun. and Sky Ferreira, Zen—or a noisy version of it anyway—awaits in midtown. Founded by Erin Jacques, a former yoga director at Exhale Spas, SLT stands for “strengthen, lengthen, tunes” and is part of the Pilates studio with the same name. In her Flow classes (from $15), those tunes are occasionally so loud it’s easy to pretend you didn’t hear her ask for twenty more crunches. Her cardio-based Shred classes tread even farther from traditional yoga by incorporating plyometrics, hand weights, and glider discs. Still, don’t expect a chilled-out dance zone: The only thing Jacques likes better than party-rocking is making her students do planks (you’ll thank her later).
Best Yoga Studio
From the 2013 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).