Madonna practicing Ashtanga Yoga
Yoga has been taking over exercise routines for the past few years. But more recently Ashtanga Yoga, otherwise known as “power yoga” is stretching to every corner of Manhattan. Celebrities like Parker Posey, Madonna, Sting, and Christy Turlington are fans of this fast paced, intense style. Ashtanga translates to “eight limbs” in Sanskirt, and is more difficult than other forms because of the constant movement from one pose to the next. Visit one of these yoga studios to try this trendy workout!
Yoga Yoga NYC, 102 W. 4th Street
Yoga Yoga sits in the West Village, near recently leased space 11 Christopher Street. A one room studio with bamboo floors, this studio gives its clients an intimate and relaxing feel even during a tough workout. Ashtanga classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, perfect timing for some after work exercise.
Ashtanga Yoga Shala, 295 E 8th St.
A studio specializing in Ashtanga Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga Shala offers a free intro for beginners and allows newcomers to watch a session before they sign up for classes. This studio believes in helping its clients in creating a yoga lifestyle, with attention to diet and health choices. The goal is to attain a state of conciousness and awareness to your body and mind.
YogaWorks, 37 W. 65th Street
Also located in several cities in California, YogaWorks offers Ashtanga classes every day of the week. The studio provides students with showers, dressing rooms, free towel services, a tea lounge, and even a boutique filled with yoga accessories, books, clothing, and music. YogaWorks aims to serve yoga-ers of all levels, making beginners feel comfortable.