Yoga has been used for centuries to elevate consciousness with the use of breath, posture, and sound (mantra). Yoga practitioners have been practicing the art of meditation for more than 5000 years mainly because of the many well documented mental and physical benefits that are attributed to yoga exercises. So, now that we’re on the same page as to why it pays to hit the mat, we’ll talk about something a bit more complex, like choosing which yoga studio in New York City.
There are is infinite number of yoga studios spread out across the city, which makes choosing one a tough nut to crack. Here we are going to point out the ones which are considered the best.
1. Bikram Yoga Bronx
Bikram Yoga at the Bronx is a premier yoga studio where members get to sweat it out in a room heated to 104 degrees. This type of heated yoga ensures a deeper relaxation for your muscles and it will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. In addition, you’ll get to learn around 26 different poses. Folks who love to do yoga first thing in the morning also get to take advantage of the early morning classes, which are offered for half the price of a normal session.
Bikram Yoga studio
Bronx, NY 10463
2. Yoga Agora
If you’re looking for a brand new experience head on down to Astoria, Queens, where all the classes are open level vinyasa, and range from beginners to advanced levels. The best part about Yoga Agora is that all classes are offered for $5 a pop, and there are also donation based classes as well, where participants get to pay what they can afford. Now that’s what you call a sweet deal!
33-02 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Astoria, NY 11106
3. New York Yoga Hot
For first timers, going into a yoga studio can be intimidating, which is what makes New York Yoga at the Upper East Side so appealing for newbies and beginners. Here you get to feel more comfortable in the small and simple studio. Also, there’s a special 10% discount for students and those below the ages of 25.
New York Yoga Hot
132 E 85th St
New York, NY 10028
4. The Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York
Located in Chelsea, the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York allows you to learn indirectly from the teachings of the yoga master, yogi B.K.S Iyengar. The studio offers various yoga and exercise classes which have been developed with the help of yogi sutras of Patanjali in mind.
Iyengar Yoga Institute
150 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011
5. The Willow Pilates and Yoga – Center for Divine Alignment
If you’re looking for a diverse range of yoga and Pilates classes, then the Willow Center for Divine Alignment should be right up your alley. The yoga studio teaches everything from hot Vinyasa classes to the open level classes and Anusara yoga. Owner Jennifer Shea is also certified in teaching children’s yoga as well so bring along the little ones if you have any so that they too can build their core strengths by practicing various yoga techniques that have been especially put together for children.
The Willow Pilates and Yoga
629 N Railroad Ave
Staten Island, NY 10304