New yoga classes
These recent additions will test your limits, tone your muscles and soothe your mind.
Wed Dec 29 2010
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein
Aerial Yoga at Yoga Sutra NYC
After a thorough stretch on mats, instructor Megan Hornaday leads the small group—no more than a dozen people—in ab and arm exercises using the fabrics that hang from the ceiling. Unlike other aerial yoga classes, this one incorporates vertical silks—in place of a looped sling—so that students can learn to climb and wrap themselves in the stretchy material. You'll pick up gravity-defying, circus-style skills, all of which are tailored to your personal level of strength, experience and bravery. The weary can take a break by reclining in upside-down, passive versions of various yoga poses, allowing the fabric itself to do the heavy lifting. 6 E 39th St between Fifth and Madison Aves, second floor (212-490-1443, yogasutranyc.com). Tue 4--5pm, Sat 3--4:15pm; single class for members $20, single class for non-members $25.
Asana for Athletes at Virayoga
Whatever your athletic pursuits—and instructor Holly Lynn Horvath counts navigating NYC sidewalks—this class will complement them. Teaching you to use your muscles in a balanced way, Horvath combines anusara alignment principles with extensive knowledge of biomechanics and a sharp eye. It's almost as if she sees the action of every muscle and the location of every bone in her students' bodies—and she knows which moves will alleviate which problems. 580 Broadway between W Houston and Prince Sts, second floor (212-334-9960, virayoga.com) Thu 10--11:30am; single class $20, ten-class package $170.
Flow at Yoga Vida NYC
This busy yoga center's addition of this Saturday-morning class is timed perfectly for the prebrunch set. After moving through the usual asanas, the fast-paced vinyasa-style session takes you through a Pilates-esque ab sequence that will provide the excuse you need to scarf down that extra croissant come 2pm. Instructor Hilaria Thomas's no-nonsense approach also caters to the chanting-averse crowd, choosing to focus on inner strength over inner peace. Yoga Vida NYC, 99 University Pl at 12th St, sixth floor (212-995-5553, yogavidanyc.com). Sat 10--11:05am; single class $10, with student ID $5.
Gentle Yoga at Force and Flow
Inside her homey brownstone studio, Ophra Wolf weaves together elements of hatha, Iyengar, kundalini and ashtanga to help students gradually release tension from every part of their bodies. Keeping the poses simple and the pace slow, she tailors moves to the individual yogi's hobbies, preferences and goals; ski buffs, for example, focus on leg-strengthening maneuvers. Wolf also draws on her own bodywork practice to give particularly insightful adjustments that promote energy flow. Force and Flow, 1102 Dean St between Bedford and Franklin Aves, no. 4, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (646-644-9743, forceandflow.com). Mon 7:30--8:30pm; single class $16, five classes $75, ten-class package $135.
Hatha Vinyasa at Yoga Local Studio at Toren
This evening offering was developed for students looking to fit in some yoga after a long day at work. Danielle DiCamillo takes a hands-off approach, allowing experienced practitioners to learn from their own bodies. Newcomers might feel lost, but the unpretentious environment means no one will be looking at you sideways—at least not in the figurative sense—if you stumble. 150 Myrtle Ave at Flatbush Ave, Downtown Brooklyn (yogalocal.com). Wed 8--9:30pm; single class $10.