Saturday, May 21, 2011

Yoga to the People

What to do in a rainy weekend in the city? Well, after the super-long winter I've just passed in the city, I now know how to spend my free time during the rainy days (just like the last ones... when was the last day we saw the sun in NYC? I can't remember!). I think one of the best options is yoga. The practice of yoga is very popular over here, and there are many options to do it. For students like myself, who aren't willing to spend large amounts of money and commit to a regular course, there is a great place in the East Village. "Yoga to the People" is a donations based studio located at 12, Saint Mark's Pl. 

The great thing about this studio, besides from how affordable it is, is that you don't need to be an expert to participate. There are many people attending the yoga classes, and all of them have different levels. No one will care if you can't maintain a pose, what is important is to discover your own limits and possibilities through practice. I've been there a couple of times, and I would recommend to go especially on Sunday nights, when they do candle-lit yoga. It's basically the same thing but with candle light, which makes it much more relaxing and peaceful. 

They have a lot of classes going on throughout the week, and all of them work the same way. You don't need to make a reservation. If you want to attend any of them, you just need to arrive there about 15 minutes earlier to get a place. There are many people going, so I would recommend going as early as possible. If you don't have a mat, you can rent one there for $2. The suggested donation is $10, but you're free to chose if you want to pay more or less. Here is the regular week schedule (all classes last 60 minutes, except the specified ones):

Monday thru Friday
7am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4:30pm 6pm, 7:30pm, 9pm
10am, 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm
10am, 12pm (90min), 2pm, 5pm
7pm (candle-lit) & 8:30pm (candle-lit)

For more information, you can check their website, where you can find more locations:

As I said before, I'm not an expert in yoga. However, I think it's a great practice because besides from improving your physical conditions, it also affects your mind in a positive way. I cannot tell all of them, because it would be a never-ending list. Nevertheless, I can't think of a more suitable place to practice yoga than the big city. New York is very stressful by itself, and the practice of yoga reduces stress levels, anxiety and even depression risks. It is also great for students, since it improves concentration, attention and memory! 

I hope this idea works for you in your rainy days, and let me know if you ever want to join me. It is always more fun to go with friends! Enjoy the rest of the weekend, let's hope we get some sunlight before it ends! 


  1. I think we need YTTP! You should really check out their website. It's time to reclaim balance in our lives through yoga.

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