Best Yoga Studios in New York City
Pop 5: Best Yoga Studios in NYC
It's a yogi-do-yoga world and we're just living in it. If zen is what you seek and moving meditation is your method, let these Pop 5 yoga studios offer solace from the city noise and provide guidance on your personal fitness journey. Last week, we asked you to share your yoga studio of choice and boy did you have a lot to say on the subject. Without further ado, get your pose on in an inviting, learning environment, courtesy of our best of the best yoga studio destinations.
- OM Yoga (826 Broadway, 6th Fl., 212-254-9642) Opened in 1998 by yogi Cyndi Lee, OM Yoga fulfills a dual commitment to the practice of flowing yoga asanas and a mindful approach to Buddhist meditation. Since the very beginning, Lee has maintained a dedication to the phrase "how can I be helpful?" which drives and motivates the behavior of all the OM Yoga teachers and staff. Good vibes in check, readers playfully warn that you should "get ready for a juicy vinyasa flow!"
- Jivamukti Yoga School (841 Broadway, 2nd Fl. 212-353-0214) Recognized as one of the nine styles of hatha yoga, Jivamukti has gained a devout following in New York, with fans including Sting and Christy Turlington. Created in 1984 by David Life and Sharon Gannon, the downtown location is the only official center stateside. Inside you'll find yourself immersed in a very spiritual, educational method of yoga mixed with meditation, chanting from Sanskrit scripture, and music.
- Yoga to the People (12 St. Mark's Pl., 917-573-9642) Widely known as NYC's revolutionary approach to inexpensive yoga (it's donation-based, not free), Yoga to the People has grown to include five studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn combined. Reader Tiffany H. loves the quick one-hour vinyasa power classes at the St. Mark's location in addition to the four other hot yoga studios she can easily pop into, no matter where she is in the city. Yoga that's accessible, welcoming, and challenging proves to be a hit again and again with city folk.
- Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center (367 Saint Marks Avenue, 718-622-9956) Brooklyn's Shambhala engages its surrounding 'hood and has become a center for community-oriented efforts to move, breathe, and stretch your limbs. The studio enlists top-notch instructors who are unbelievably supportive and dedicated to their students. The location may not be a sprawling one but it still manages to draw quite the crowd. Come early for a decent spot and prepare to get cozy and be enlightened.
- Atmananda Yoga (67 Irving Pl., 2nd Fl., 212-625-1511) Whether you are a beginner or on your way to yogi enlightenment, the yoga sequences, from level one to seven, are easy to follow and understand. It's demanding and technical, but it's also fluid and adaptable to all who enter this retreat. Reader Julie B. singles Atmananda Yoga out as her go-to, "I've been practicing yoga for many years with a lot of teachers, most of them with huge recognition. For me, the best teacher is Jhon Tamayo, founder of the Atmananda sequence. He knows how to take you into a deep emotional, physical and spiritual experience." What more could you ask for?