|Venue name:||Sivananda Yoga Center|
243 W 24th St
|Cross street:||between Seventh and Eighth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Schedule varies, check website for listings.|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 23rd St|
|Price:||Prices range from $12 for a single class to $75 for 1 month membership.|
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An open class at this branch of the International Sivananda Vedanta Centers begins and ends with a nice lie-down, complemented by soothing chanting, courtesy of the instructor and anyone else who knows the words. It’s not just about the class itself at the Sivananda center—the whole place sets a tone of relaxation. You enter a brownstone on a quiet Chelsea street and are welcomed by a calming scene—people chatting in indoor voices, staff members dressed in super-comfortable pants, and yogis eating vegetarian meals out in an open kitchen (meals are served Monday and Tuesday at 7:30pm and Saturdays at noon; $12, members $10). Sivananda yoga moves slowly, and is not for ADD types or people who need to perspire profusely to be satisfied with their workout.