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Yoga to kick your asana… claims this new studio —

Free class first-time students only. Print the pass on their website. 269 Elizabeth Street on Houston.


Straight from their website:

“The Fierce Club is a yoga studio, event space and all-around life transforming destination in the midst of SoHo, New York City. Our main style is Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, created by co-owners Sadie Nardini and Shannon Connell. Our cutting edge yoga, which is designed to give you a 90-minute gym-strength, cardio and muscle-sculpting workout in just 60 minutes, we’re real, and use real life as our classroom.

Named “One of the Top 10 Ways to Change Your Life” and “Calorie-torchers” by New york Magazine, our signature Power Hour classes will give you all the benefits of most other styles’ 90 minute sessions…in only one hour! Great for multi-taskers and busy people who want the full mind/body workout, without spending hours at the studio or gym.

We also offer events by well-known authors, lecturers and teachers from all across the country. Whatever you do at The Fierce Club, it will expand you body, mind and heart…and rock your world.”

What would Chirstian Siriano have to say…?

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Just heard about this teacher training program through Urban Zen feaeturing Rodney Yee.

The Urban Zen Yoga Teacher Training Program is an in-depth 200-hour yoga teacher training program that can be completed on its own or taken as a suggested pre-requisite for the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist program. This program begins March 13, 2009, in New York City, and will run through September 2009, one weekend a month, with a break in July.

News to me, the Urban Zen was founded by Donna Karan to create awareness in areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children.  Check it out at www.urbanzen.org.

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I discovered April Martucci at YogaWorks Westside a few years back and while I do not take her class anymore, to this day she is still one of my favorite yoga instructors.

There’s something I can’t quite put my finger on about April’s manner that makes her feel very authentic to me – and I think we can all agree that authenticity is certainly a welcome surprise here in New York.

As I remember, she began each class with a lighthearted chant and then moved us right into a flowing vinyasa sequence to music (everything from conventional yoga tunes to the Beatles!) She encouraged us to maintain the pace of our practice and ignore our desire to disrupt it by wiping sweat from our face or drinking water.   All in all it was always a focused class that went by very quickly! Towards the end, she usually gave an insightful monologue as we were cooling down but somehow they were never banal, preachy or overly sentimental.

She has since moved studios and teaches at Reebok Sports Club (UWS) and Life in Motion (Brooklyn).


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