Archive for June 18th, 2008

Every time I go to YogaWorks I end up at the studio a bit early and find myself browsing through their store. They carry everything from towels, bags, blocks, jewelry, books, dvds and clothes: Hardtail, Beyond Yoga, Be Present, Om Girl, Splendid, and Prana . And if that wasn’t enough they’ve recently launched their own line of YogaWorks yoga gear (much of it 100% organic). Generally, as all yoga clothes go, the line is not cheap. Now, I wonder what this means for the studio’s appeal/karma.

YogaWorks has become more sleek and dare I say “corporate” over the past few years with new branding and store expansion. This lands them far from the friendly neighborhood studio – you know the one that lets you slide for a free water bottle now and again.

In fact, it all hit home for me when I was told that despite the fact that I’ve enrolled in their 6 month teacher training program (also not cheap), it will cost me $35 to store my mat for 6 months or $60 for the year. Room saving, or money making? I’m on the fence about this business.


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Apparently there is a big of a yogafest going on this Saturday in Times Square. Personally, I don’t see the benefit or draw to practice in what I consider to be the worst district in all of New York, but I am intrigued. Not quite sure if I will go, but if anyone does, please post and tell us about it. There are a bunch of classes throughout the day- check it out on their website: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/about_us/events_solstice.html

I mean, free yoga with gifts can’t be so bad- but the air quality alone is enough to make me stay away.


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Pure Yoga

I keep getting emails from Pure Yoga…I dont think you can do drop in classes, its membership only, but something to check out when it finally opens!  Plus if the yoga is good, $140 for unlimited yoga is pretty good!

Picking a yoga practice in New York, where the options are limitless, is not such an easy task. You can crisscross the boroughs, bankrupting yourself while figuring out whether you like Vinyasa or Ashtanga or Hatha or some hybrid form. Pure Yoga, a massive studio opening June 25 on the Upper East Side (203 E. 86th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-360-1888), offers a logistical solution: nineteen different types of yoga under one very spalike roof and a flat $140-a-month fee that allows unlimited classes. There are straight-from-the-ashram practices for purists (Iyengar fans: There’s a rope wall!) as well as options like Bollywood Fusion (the title speaks for itself) or Acroyoga, a partner yoga, and something they’re calling Zenyasa, which mixes yoga, push-ups, strength training with Thera-Bands, and guided meditation. Master teachers like Yogi Vishvketu and Twee Merrigan will be flying in to teach alongside well-known locals from studios like Jivamukti and Om Yoga. Below, a few instructors assume their positions.

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