I have discovered tons of new restaurants, stores, and food that I want to share. It’s city life with a vegan twist.
Overall score: 5/5
Class: Open Unnata® Aerial Yoga
Sacred Sounds is a small studio in the lower east side that offers a variety of styles of yoga and tai chi. Naturally, I had to try out the aerial yoga class, something I had never done before. The class was really fun and totally different then anything I have ever tried. I surprised myself when I was able to do all of the poses (including the one pictured above!). It was a beginner class so the teacher took her time carefully instructing us on how to do each pose. I prefer yoga that is a bit faster paced, but I have a feeling the advanced aerial classes where everyone knows what they are doing are a bit more energetic. Overall, I would say it is worth it to go and learn a new work out style! They seem to be moderately priced as well, compared to some other places in NYC and they have student and senior discounts!
Overall score: 4/5
Class: Jivamukti Open
I was happy to start my Classtivity experience last week with some yoga to slowly get my self back into the swing of working out. When you walk into Jivamukti you can instantly tell you are walking into a proper spiritual yoga center. With a full-scale vegan café and signs that kindly remind the yogis that the center is a no fur zone, it is clear that Jivamukti is about more then just physical well being. In class each person was asked to pick up a chant book and we started the class chanting in sand script as part of a meditation. I felt a bit like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love during the mediation sessions, but overall I enjoyed the class.
I am so lucky that I live within walking distance of the St. Marks Yoga to the People. Yoga to the People is a donation based yoga studio in New York and California. It is the only place like it in the city. At the St. Marks location there is a suggested $10 donation, $2 charge for mat rental (or you can bring your own), and 1$ for waters. However much you are able to give they put the $$ to great use. Classes are more crowded at night but the instructors are so great that once you get into the zone you don’t even notice. There are classes throughout the week at all times of day. The room is full of people ranging from novices to extreme yogis in a judgment free environment. What could be better?