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Brooklyn Yoga School
Mon-Fri, 8:30am-9:30pm; Sat-Sun, 9:30am-5:30pm (schedule varies; doors open 30 minutes before class)
Nearby Subway Stops
B, Q at Seventh Ave.; 2, 3 at Bergen St.
By cash donation only; $5 minimum
Brooklyn Yoga School’s second-floor door leads directly from the stoop to the studio, with the space occupying the parlor level of a classic brownstone. The room itself is Park Slope perfection: crown moldings, blond hardwood flooring, pressed-tin ceiling, stained-glass transom windows, and an enviable custom shelving system. There is no reception area to speak of (save a small donation box on the wall with a sign asking for a minimum of $5) or elbow room for students to comfortably remove their shoes or outerwear; return practitioners know it's best to arrive in appropriate attire with as few belongings or bulk as possible. Between classes, it's hard to know who in the muddle of bodies is coming and who is going. Nonetheless, the school is a model of urban-space efficiency. Founders Lily Cushman and Jeremy Frindel teach classical yoga as outlined by Brazilian-born Dharma Mittra, and most of their classes are suitable for yogis of all levels. The practice encompasses Vinyasa and its many variations with an emphasis on breathing. Instructors mix up the poses per class, pulling from Mittra’s encyclopedic Master Yoga Chart of 908 Poses, which hangs on the wall. Meditation, reflection, and yogi philosophy are also part of the mix.Pros
A $5 suggested donation comes well under the $15+ norm.
Things can feel chaotic between classes with people coming and going in cramped quarters.
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