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Flex time: A class at Jivamukti.
Best Yoga Classes

Bend Me, Shape Me

Big Yoga
Jivamukti

404 Lafayette Street (and one other location)
212-353-0214
If you can’t get to India, the least you can do is walk over to Lafayette Street. The city’s largest yoga center, Jivamukti offers at least ten vinyasa/hatha classes a day; teachers are dynamic, music is original, the overall experience energetic yet oddly relaxing. (Beginners beware of open classes).

Beginner's Yoga
Laughing Lotus

55 Christopher Street
212-414-2903
Yes, yoga sounds weird, but everyone is into it, so you’d like to check it out. At this new pink-painted studio in Greenwich Village, you’ll find a broad mix of hatha classes, special events like a laughing-therapy workshop, and unintimidating classes for "absolute" beginners.

Gym Yoga
The Sports Club LA

330 East 61st Street (and two other locations)
212-355-5100
Can’t take the go-go gym energy any more? Yoga teachers cannot live by asana alone, and now more than ever they’re making their living at gyms — here, experts lead the great treadmilled in ashtanga, hatha, kundalini, and a yoga-Pilates hybrid.

Hot Yoga
Bikram Yoga NYC

797 Eighth Avenue (and two other locations)
212-245-2525
Only Californians could think this up — "bikram" yoga, which only recently hit our Coast, involves cranking the heat up to at least 100 degrees in airtight studios; you'll come out pure but smelly.

Hardest Yoga
Pantajali Yoga Shala

430 Broome Street
212-431-3738
One word: Madonna. The Material Mom may prefer house calls, but devotees of her favorite style — Mysore ashtanga — practice at the SoHo satellite of the Mysore, India ashram. (Classes sold in sets of 12; curiosity-seekers not welcome.)