150 Central Park South, 212-249-3000; exhalespa.com
Most New York yoga classes take place in grungy rooms that hardly inspire transcendence. So it’s extra-nice to enter the new Exhale through sliding 200-year-old Asian doors, ground yourself on Indonesian-wood floors, and stare from your upward dog at marble pillars and a high ceiling draped with billowing light-green gauze. Detoxifying tea is available, and the spacious locker rooms are stocked with seaweed and green-tea cleanser. After a vinyasa, anusara, or power yoga class, extend your bliss by crossing the street for a stroll in Central Park.
Best New Yoga Studio
From the 2004 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).