3 Must-Try Yoga Studios in NYC

Tangerine Hot Power Yoga


“A slightly sweeter and stronger vinyasa yoga practice designed to leave you feeling wildly empowered.”

Ok, I’m a little biased here since Tangerine is the place that got me hooked on this whole hot yoga thing. But that’s not the point because I could’ve hated it and never returned. Trust me, the chance of that was greater than 95%. (My experience could’ve very easily rivaled that of this dude, who’s pretty much my spirit animal.)

What I love about Tangerine is her feisty owner, Tamara Behar, an ex-advertising exec who was out of a job during the recession and decided to turn a terrible situation into a positive opportunity. Maybe that’s just me, but her classes are always grounded in finding your inner freedom and discovering what makes you tick.


Jivamukti Yoga (and Cafe)


“A secret vegan oasis aways you inside of this Union Square Yoga Studio”

It’s a school, it’s a cafe, it’s a spa, it’s a yoga studio! Ok, I love Jivamukti because their little cafe, Jivamuktea, is a slice of zen haven in the middle of bustling Union Square. It’s a bit hard to find, located on the second floor of a commercial building. Jivamuktea serves delicious vegan dishes, juices, and teas.

The space is open, clean, and spacious. But what people love are the top-notch instructors. Spirituality is an important element of Jivamukti, for the 1.5 hour classes, there will be chants, lectures, meditations, at the beginning and end of classes.

Not for the faint of heart, Jivamukti can be a bit challenging and best suited for intermediate to advanced practitioners. Regardless, if you are up for a challenge, give this place a try (and get an avocado toast afterwards.)


Iyengar Yoga


“As a young man, B.K.S. Iyengar searched out an in-depth understanding of the self through the practice of yoga. Awakened by the transformative experience, he adapted the practice and sought to introduce the world to a form of yoga that was deeper, more intellectual—a science, art, and philosophy—one that emphasizes complete alignment of the body, mind, breath, and soul.”

Iyengar yoga is a studio that practices the teachings of 91-year-old yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, author of the classic yoga treatise Light on Yoga. The airy, modern studio has large changing rooms and provides all necessary equipment, and there’s also a studio in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. The class (and Iyengar Yoga in general) incorporates a lot of props —more advanced Iyengar classes may even involve suspension from ropes. You’ll be challenged but not exhausted in this beginners’ class—don’t expect a vigorous workout, but your heart rate will rise as you hold and adjust the poses per the instructor’s detailed directions.



12 Hours in Bed-Stuy

New Eco Designs 379 Herkimer


Bed-Stuy is often described as an emerging neighborhood, but many of the elements that make the Brooklyn area desirable today—gorgeous architecture, a strong sense of community, homegrown businesses—have always been a part of its makeup. Start your tour at homey eatery Peaches (393 Lewis Ave between Decatur and MacDonough Sts,peachesbrooklyn.com) which opened in 2008. Fill up on Southern-inspired dishes, such as the classic shrimp and grits ($16).


Stroll by five-year-old Brooklynite Gallery (334 Malcolm X Blvd at Bainbridge St; 347-405-5976, brooklynitegallery.com), whose rear facade incorporates recycled fridge doors. There’s also a scrolling LED banner above the front door. Hang a left on MacDonough Street, which has been a competitor in the annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest (the section between Lewis and Stuyvesant Streets is especially pretty). Next, stop in CasaBAN (397 Tompkins Ave at Jefferson Ave, 917-607-3838).The small shop features an eclectic selection of antique and new furniture, all of which is handpicked by owner Ban Leow. Recently, we spotted a handmade Danish rocker ($550) and a coffee table made out of a surfboard ($250).


Parts of Bed-Stuy were designated a historic district by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in the 1970s, and recently, community members have fought to award landmark status to more sections of the neighborhood.The area’s 19th-century houses were built in a variety of architectural styles, including Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival. Stroll up Marcus Garvey Boulevard or Throop Avenue to see a few of these pretty homes. Continue up to Myrtle Avenue and make a left;Project Parlor (742 Myrtle Ave between Nostrand Ave and Sandford St,347-497-0550) is a two-year-old bar that caters to locals and students from nearby Pratt Institute. Plop down on one of the velvet couches with a Guinness float ($8).


After your tipple, walk down Bedford Avenue and stop at SCRATCHbread (1069 Bedford Ave at Lexington Ave,scratchbread.com). Owner Matthew Tilden operates this small takeout window stocked with baked goods, including buttery shortbread ($2). Tilden’s treats sell out quickly, so the earlier you can get there, the better. Just up the block, you’ll find Miss Master’s Closet (1070 Bedford Ave between Greene St and Clifton Pl, missmasterscloset.com), a vintage-clothing shop,which opened earlier this month. Owner Jessica Master sells men’s and women’s clothing from a variety of eras.


Chef King Phojanakong’s Thai-Filipino-Vietnamese restaurant, Umi Nom (433 DeKalb Ave between Classon Ave and Taaffe Pl; 718-789-8806, uminom.com), was among the first high-profile eateries to spring up in Bed-Stuy, nearly two years ago. Located in a converted Laundromat, the restaurant remains a neighborhood favorite, thanks to Phojanakong’s bold, inventive menu. Choose from an array of small plates, such as the chili-glazed wok prawns ($12), barbecue ribs with lemongrass ($11) and classic spring rolls ($8.50).


Cut loose at One Last Shag (348 Franklin Ave between Greene and Lexington Aves, 718-398-2472). An eclectic, queer-leaning crowd congregates at this narrow bar, and DJs spin house, electronica and hip-hop nearly every night of the week. As long as the weather is still nice, we recommend taking a margaveza (a mix of frozen margarita and Shock Top beer, $7) out to the establishment’s pretty backyard, which is lined with twinkling lights.

The original article can be found on Time Out New York, link here.