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Studio Anya

49 W. 24th St., eighth fl., New York, NY 10010 40.74345 -73.991461
nr. Sixth Ave.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-604-9766 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Fitness/Yoga Studio
  • Services: Aerobics/Dance, Massage: Specialized, Pilates, Yoga

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Official Website

studioanya.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 8am-9:30pm; Sat, 9:30am-7pm; Sun, noon-6:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 23rd St.; F, M at 23rd St.; N, R at 23rd St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Profile

Courtney Bauer has been cultivating her approach to yoga and Pilates since 2000 and in 2009 opened Studio Anya in Chelsea. Here, she has structured a set of classes based on a nineteen-point curriculum. These are essentially reminders to keep awareness focused on all parts of the body. The vibe is laid-back and comfortable, minus the spacey, cosmic tinge some studios can’t avoid. The small-group Pilates classes are circuit training of sorts done on two or three machines: the standard reformer, a wall-mounted system of tension ropes, and the chair. Well-trained instructors make slight adjustments to movement and body placement with gentle but expert touches. Unlike in many Pilates classes elsewhere, at Studio Anya there will most likely be sweat. Movements are repeated and increase in difficulty as each 55 minute-long session progresses, resulting in a decent workout as well as sore glutes and arms. Group yoga and dance sessions are also available, but not all are taught in the signature style using Bauer’s curriculum.

Pros

Common spaces like a library and a kitchen stocked with healthy snacks and tea encourage lingering.  Also, Goliath, the studio Pug, provides an adorable incentive to work out.

Cons
There are no downsides here, unless you are repulsed by any hint of spiritual references at your yoga studio.  The chakra talk is minimal, despite the studio’s commitment to the meditative side of the practice. But if you’re opposed to an “om” or two, you may need to look elsewhere.

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