By Vanessa Packer
IN NEW YORK, yoga studios are becoming as ubiquitous as juice bars and nail salons. We're not complaining, we're celebrating! The more studios open, the more diversity and unique options we have to choose from. Whether you're dedicated to your Bikram practice or looking for a fun studio with great music, we've rounded up some of our favorites below 23rd Street. Looking to mix up your yoga routine? See our list below for some inspiration.
Run out of Lauren Imparato incredibly chic Nolita studio, the vinyasa classes take place in the evening, with some of the best music we've ever heard in a zen setting.
With clients like Jane Fonda and Deepak Chopra it's no wonder former model Tara Stiles is becoming more of a household name. This airy studio offers classes ranging from 'relaxed' to 'strong.'
With two convenient locations, and a clean and relaxed atmosphere, this studio is a great pick for beginners and a wonderful setting for those looking hone in on their regular practice.
Revered and respected across the board, Jivamukti yoga studio, and yoga training program is responsible for teaching many of the best yogis in the city. Beyond the asanas, Jiva encourages students to understand the purpose of yoga and the accompanying Sanskrit and chanting that come before and after each class. One of the most special studios in the city, it's not to be missed.
Golden Bridge Yoga
Our dear friend and teacher Gabrielle Bernstein's favorite studio, Golden Bridge specializes in Kundalini. Don't miss their beautiful store below.
Formally known as Moksha Yoga, these hot yoga based classes are challenging and fun. With excellent teachers and a beautiful facility, if you like to sweat this studio is for you.
Kula Yoga Project
Offering a variety of flow classes as well as meditation and Qi Gong, this studio in Tribeca is a hidden gem worth checking out.
Prana Power Yoga
Prana's vinyasa flow classes are sweaty and challenging. Often crowded, we recommend attending in the off peak hours.
Bikram Yoga LES
Traditional Bikram classes with a Lower East Side flair. As colorful and fun as Bikram classes can go, look out for Lady Gaga, the studio is one of the singers favorites to practice at.
Yoga to the People
We respect YTTP's mission to bring yoga to all people of all backgrounds. Their studio on St. Marks is donation based, so you pay what you can. Their vinyasa classes vary from a relaxing stretch to an upbeat power flow. The abdomen series at the end is a highlight.