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2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Gooey NYC Yoga Classes for Couples and Stuff

Know of an event?  Please comment below.

  • Saturday, February 13th 8-10 pm
    Valentine’s Couples Massage Workshop with Nancy

    $65 per couple
    Join us for one of our most popular workshops! Senior Lotus teacher and massage therapist Nancy Elkes will guide you through this amazing workshop where you will learn how to share your love with one another through the power of touch. Wear loose comfy clothing for some yoga fun stuff and please bring lotion rather than oil. (No lavender please).
    laughing lotus
  • Valentine Couples Workshop with Mary Aranas
    Melt into bliss with your partner, be it a lover, close friend, or family member, in this partner yoga workshop that celebrates Valentine’s Day.
    Connecting deeply through breath and touch, we will relax and open both body and spirit in mutually supportive partner yoga poses. We will end by giving and receiving delicious guided Thai Yoga Massage with our partner.

    February 13th, 2010 Saturday 1-3pm
    $70 per couple by 1/30, $80 per couple after 1/30
    Yoga Works

  • Feb. 14
    Open Your Heart
    Dmitri Shapira | All Levels
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    $25 members / $35 non-members
    When the chest drops, our spirits follow. We will lift and open our chest through a variety of asanas to help foster a more open, engaged and positive outlook toward the world.
    iyengar yoga institute
  • Blooming With Love with Jillian Pransky
    Come join Jillian Pransky for a deeply restoring mini-retreat designed to cultivate a deep sense of loving-kindness that will relax your body, open your heart and calm your mind.
    In an inspirational studio, glowing with candles and filled with gentle soothing music, Jillian Pransky will lead you through a unique series of Restorative yoga poses, peaceful flowing stretches, deep relaxation, and metta meditation. As you move through this special sequence, you will release blocked energy and tension as you relax into a sense of spaciousness and open-heartedness.
    Restorative Yoga poses are simple yet profound. You relax and allow your body to melt open as you lay over props such as bolsters and blankets. With the help of gravity and intention you can surrender, layers deeply held tension. Muscles release, the mind calms, and the heart softens.
    For an extra special treat, while you enjoy these delicious poses, you will receive gentle hands-on attention. You will leave feeling connected, open, and as if you just returned from a week long vacation!
    Date: Feb. 12th
    Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
    Price: $45
    Location: ISHTA Yoga
  • Couples Partner Yoga & Thai Massage Workshop with Mary Aranas & Becca Krauss
    Sunday, February 14th, 2010
    Spend your Valentine’s evening celebrate the blessings of love in your life by exploring partner yoga and Thai Massage together. In this special workshop for lovers, or close friends, you will nurture intimacy by moving playfully through partner asana, connect energetically through breath and gaze, and practice deepening your relationship with an unconditional loving kindness (metta) meditation…
    Time: 7-10:00pm Price: $75/couple
    Pre-registration is required
    Enjoy 2 hours of yoga stretching, breathing (pranayama), inversions and massage between 7 PM and 9 PM.From 9-10 PM feed your love with wine & chocolate! Come with a romantic partner or a friend who you care deeply about.
    Please register only one couple at a time and do not register multiple couples under a single payment.
    om factory
  • Couples Partner Yoga and Thai Massage Workshop with Chris Loebsack & Emilia Conradson
    Sunday, February 14th, 2010
    Time: 7-10:00pm Price: $75/couple
    Pre-registration is required
    Spend you Valentine’s evening celebrate the blessings of love in your life by exploring partner yoga and Thai Massage together. In this special workshop for lovers, or close friends, you will nurture intimacy by moving playfully through partner asana, connect energetically through breath and gaze, and practice deepening your relationship with an unconditional loving kindness (metta) meditation. We will also trust & support each other with gentle inversions & relax one another with luscious massage – mmmmmmm. Open your practice with ease by relying on the support of your partner as we cultivate trust, strength and flexibility while working as a team. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, honored and shared for the benefit of all. No experience necessary to attend! Pre-registration required.
    Enjoy 2 hours of yoga stretching, breathing (pranayama), inversions and massage between 7 PM and 9 PM.From 9-10 PM feed your love with wine & chocolate! Come with a romantic partner or a friend who you care deeply about.
    Please register only one couple at a time and do not register multiple couples under a single payment.om factory
  • Valentines Day Couples’ Thai Massage Workshop with Dana Goeglein & Kevin Courtney
    Sunday, February 14th 1-4pm
    $70 per couple
    Sangha Yoga Shala
    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your partner (or friend!) learning the basics of Thai Massage.
    Kevin and Dana will guide you through a hands-on experience of Thai Massage and Pranassage movements and techniques, with an emphasis on creating a caring, restoring, and relaxing experience for both partners. Enjoy the benefits of giving and receiving compassionate touch throughout the workshop, and leave with a simple sequence that you can replicate at home.
    No prior yoga or massage experience is necessary. No oils or lotions needed. Comfortable clothes and a yoga mat are recommended. (Mats can be rented at the studio upon arrival).
  • Cupid Yoga: PARTNER YOGA, THAI MASSAGE & REFLEXOLOGY with Anna Carbonell & Kirtan
    Location: Exhale Central Park South
    Date: Sat 2/13/2010
    Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Cost: $70 per couple. $60 per couple if registered by Feb. 7, 2010

    Join us on Valentine’s Day for a very special event with your loved one or friend. Enjoy deep partner stretches, Thai and foot massages in a romantic setting complete with mood lighting, flower petals and essential oils. No prior yoga experience needed. Suitable for all ages and levels. Come with a friend, a partner, or your spouse!

  • Couples Massage:  Learn How to Heal One Another
    Iris Savernik, D.O.
    Saturday, Feb. 13 • 3:30–6 p.m.
    $76 per couple
    When two people engage in the therapeutic massage of each other, they increase self-awareness while healing themselves. Specific techniques for making the most of the massage experience form the core of this unique workshop. You don’t need to be a romantic couple to learn couples massage; friends can also offer one another this healing modality. Couples or friends of any age may participate, and neither member needs any experience in massage. You need only to be able to go down on and get up from the floor.

    Iris Savernik, D.O., has been a professional dancer and figure skater, Yoga teacher, and licensed massage therapist. She is currently working as a resident physician in Queens, New York.

    Integral Yoga

  • Love Satsang:  Celebrate Valentine’s Day
    Sumati (Karen Bates)
    Saturday, February 13 • 6–7:30 p.m.
    By donation
    Come celebrate the power of the greatest force humanity can harness in its quest for a better world—love in its many aspects. By tapping into our own capacity for love and developing a more loving attitude and presence, we help to spread peace and understanding throughout the world.Sumati (Karen Bates) is certified to teach Integral Yoga Hatha I, II, and III, in addition to dance and fitness. She has taught professionally for more than two decades. With experience in jazz, modern, African, and Caribbean dance, she earned a B.F.A. cum laude and also works as an artist and illustrator.
    Integral Yoga
  • Restorative OM yoga for Couples with Brian Liem & Adam Gwosdof
    Sunday, February 14, 1 – 3 pm & 4 – 6 pm $50 per couple
    New Ways of Being Intimate Together

    This workshop is specifically designed for couples – husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends – who want to explore new ways of being tender and intimate together. You will take turns placing each other in restorative poses and then massaging your partner’s hands, feet, neck and face while they simply get to relax, relax, relax.

    Open to all levels, including no experience.  Pre-registration required.
    Om Yoga

  • Thai Yoga Workshop w/ Paula Tursi
    Sunday, Feb 14, 2010 4-6:30pm Cost: $75 per couple if you pre-register by 2/7, $90 per person after 2/7 Call 212.974.2288 or email brenna@reflectionsyoga.com to sign up!
    Reflections Yoga
  • 1+1+ 3: Partner Yoga and Massage Workshop with Gayla Marie Stiles and Aaron Stiles, LMT
    Sunday, February 14 | 4-6:15pm, $100 per couple

    A 2-hour and 15 minute yoga and massage workshop for pregnant mothers and their partners! Experience flowing yoga sequences, restorative postures, and massage designed to teach fathers, partners, or friends how to help with the discomforts of pregnancy and labor. This session is designed to benefit any pregnant woman by opening energetic pathways using breath-centered shiatsu techniques, stretching, and acupressure points. No previous yoga experience necessary.
    Prenatal Yoga Center

  • Valentine’s Day Couples Yoga Workshop with Megan Walsh
    Greenhouse Grand Location
    Date: Sun 2/14/2010, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Join Megan and Clare for an afternoon of Partner Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. In this workshop we’ll work with a partner on both active and restorative postures. Working with a partner can build intimacy, harmony and trust and these benefits will transition off of your yoga mats and into your relationship! Moving through a vinyasa practice together gives you an opportunity to explore strength and balance, to negotiate, play, support and let go-all of which will deepen your connection to each other, to your breath and to your yoga practice.
  • Valentine’s Day:  Benefit for Haiti
    Sunday, February 14th
    The Shala
    vinyasa class with live music taught by jeremy fahey and kristin leigh 4:30 to 6 pm class is by donation. you may use your cards and you may register early at the front desk or by email: info@theshala.comlive performances:  6:30 to 8 pm.  emily mcdonnell…introduction
    ori flomin and antonio ramos…dance
    antonio ramos…dance
    kaleidophonic…music
    sheila anozier, belinda becker, marguerite hamden, shola jones, joseph laurro…dance (mike ramsey-drum)
    jennifer burch…wordsongs
    oren bloedow…music
    charlie burnham…music
    all donations from 4:30 class and performances go to partners in health. 50% of the shala’s income for feb 14 will go to partners in health.
  • Free Valentine’s Day Yoga
    Introduce someone you care about to Bikram Yoga NYC on Valentine’s Day and he/she will receive a free class! Valid for any class at all 4 locations.
    Bikram Yoga NYC

How you should spend your money: local, custom, & crazy awesome (part 1?)

posted by ebeans

Because if you have to buy something, it should make you feel good in a well-rounded “ethical consumer” I-am-saving-the-world-in-my-own-little-way kind of way. Plus, these girl companies are run by totally chill ladies…  Let’s shop!

from knickers and no fur coat

Knickers and no fur coat
Big boobies/bottoms, small and all sizes between, Jana Kennedy’s creations for the bedroom or beach rock both on the rack and on your curves.  You can buy her crazy awesome knickers and bikinis online, or go local and head out to Brooklyn’s McCarren Park to purchase in person.  It gets better…She’ll also make custom sets!  You pick the color, design, etc, she makes you look and feel frilly fabulous.

from shining shakti

Shining Shakti
If I see one more matching lycra yoga set I might puke.  What is “performance wear” anyway?  Will the right shirt make you float into handstand.  No.  Will the right pants?  No.  Well, maybe…  If your pants are crazy awesome brightly colored organic pantsplosions, you might be in such a good mood that maybe you’ll “stop fearing” and start doing.  These cozy cotton pants run a bit long and a lot cozy.  They’ve got a fold over waist with a thick band which is just the only way to go (especially when it folds over to lime green).  Plus, they can be bought locally here in NY at the Yoga Journal Conference and possibly at your local yoga studio. Sometimes they do custom dyes too…

Green Rewards = Forest Natural = Juice Heaven

posted by eb

The cute barista isn’t the only reason to trek to Greenpoint’s Forest Natural.  No, you’ve got to hit them up for their juice!  Bring your own container, and they’ll fill it up — get this — for a discounted price.  Get rewarded for being green…

Forest Natural
120 Norman Ave @ Eckford
(718) 383 – 7417
M-f 7am – 10pm, Sa & Su 9am – 10pm

G Norman Ave
61 Bus Manhattan/Norman

my favorite cup – cafe regular

posted by danbean

As a Brooklynite, I’m likely biased, but it certainly appeared as though coffee culture – and I use that term to loosely refer to single origin, snob sippin’, monied grad student lingerin’, chatty chat cafe culture espresso art stuff – in New York started long after the west coast and started here.

I’m a musician, and poor musicians tend to frequent such places and sometimes there is crossover. One friend became a serious ‘espresso’ artist, mastering the art of the pour, the shot, the tingling shapes and rorschach test-evoking patterns adorning the perfectly-heated infusion of roasted bean and water.

It didn’t take long for me to be drawn in. After all, coffee is a snobby, irresponsible vice, but compared to drugs and alcohol its suspected maladies and behavior modifications are relatively minor. And it was something to do before yoga. After yoga. After rehearsal. Later on. All summer. All winter. Cups. Cups and Cups and Cups and mugs and shots and you know how it goes.

And so it was very fortunate that I lived in Williamsburg for a while, because there was the heart of the burgeoning culture itself; one avenue block away was Gimme! Coffee, lauded as one of the finest institutions of baristadom in the 5 boroughs.  The one gentleman in particular whose name I can’t recall, who during that year succumbed to love and left Brooklyn, made incredible patterns in your latte.  The taste was among the most balanced I’ve ever had, a deep, dark roast but not bitter.  The staff got unfairly punched for being unfriendly.  They were always nice to me – I think some food writers have a problem with fashionable kids and think that you can’t look stylish and be a nice person.  I also enjoyed Oslo and Cafe Grumpy, but all were places where the drink itself was the destination.  The rooms of Oslo and Gimme in particular for me border on the ascetic.  Perhaps that starkness is intended to focus one on the taste of the coffee, taken so seriously.

Still I don’t think these rooms encourage as much of a friendly exchange between patrons.  Like most places in New York you go to be alone or with people you come in with.  Lost is the cafe culture of old where one debated politics and bullshitted with strangers.  Or so I thought.

My favorite cup is easily Cafe Regular, a teeny tiny little storefront in Park Slope on 11th street near the corner of 5th avenue.  Owner Martin O’Connell is who you’ll most often find behind the bar.  In the room, which looks as though it couldn’t even be 200 square feet, one feels very distant from the distant contemporary world outside.  The compactness of the place forces you to interact a little, and O’Connell, who eschews a room full of people working on laptops, has yet to install wireless internet (you can sometimes get a weak signal from across the street).  O’Connell has a masterful, straightforward hand when it comes to making lattes.  The temperature and taste are perfect for me, but you won’t find any precision artwork here.  There is a more rustic, homely quality – think GbV’s Bee Thousand versus, I dunno, a Fiona Apple record.  Sorry, I still like GbV better.

The quality of the drink itself is very important and what pleased me when I moved to the neighborhood a few years ago, thinking leaving the industrial landscape of Williamsburg would stick me with the revolting, unmentionable dreck on 7th Ave.  But the quality of the hang is what keeps me.  O’Connell’s sardonic wit spares no one, and customers are still not sure if the Irishman hails from Beacon Hill, Belfast, Belgrade or Burlington, New Jersey (I’m pretty sure it’s the last one).  Friends that visit can’t believe how easy it is to chat with people, and the ‘Regulars’ span a wide range of ages and professions.  I’m pleased to have a nice room close by in which to lose a few hours of my day…

Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes in New York City

[updated 6/6/12 Usha Veda reduced schedule, Sangha Yoga Shala added, Ashtanga Sadhana expanded, Ashtanga Yoga New York modified, Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side expanded, Good Yoga expanded, Lucky Lotus removed, Peridance Center removed, Pure Yoga east expanded, Pure Yoga west modified, Reflections Yoga modified]

A list of Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes in New York City.  Authorized/certified teachers by KPJAYI are in blue.
Updates welcome.

  • Ashtanga Sadhana (East Village) Lori Brunghard
    12 Saint Marks Place #3F
    Monday – Friday 8:15 am – 10:15 am
  • Ashtanga Yoga Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) Audra Duran
    112 North 6th Street
    Monday-Friday 6:15 am – 9:00 am

  • Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho) Eddie Stern, Aline Fernandes, Alexandra Seidenshaw, Amy Kern, Blake Seindenshaw, Karri Jinkins, Robert Fila
    430 Broome Street #2
    Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    Monday – Thursday 6:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Friday 10:00 am  – 12:00 pm
  • Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side (Upper West Side) Zoë Slatoff
    239 West 72nd Street #4
    Sunday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 11:00 am, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Good Yoga NYC (Greenpoint) Amy Santos
    73 Calyer Street
    Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 am
    Sunday 10:00 – 12:00 pm
  • Land Yoga (Harlem) Lara Land
    2116 Frederick Douglass Blvd
    Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 11:00 am
    Monday – Friday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Sunday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Om Factory (Garment District) Constanza Roldan & Arthur Roldan
    265 West 37th Street
    Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 11:00 am
    Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Pure Yoga (Upper East Side) David Hollander
    203 East 86th Street
    Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 9:30 am
    Sunday 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Pure Yoga (Upper West Side)  Kimberly Flynn, Michael Guiou, Matthew Sweeney
    204 West 77th Street
    Monday – Thursday 6:30 am – 11:00 am
    Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Reflections Yoga (Midtown West) Greg Tebb
    250 West 49th Street, 2nd Floor
    Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 9:30 am

 

  • Sangha Yoga Shala (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) Alana Kessler
    107 North 3rd Street #2H
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Simply Yoga (Soho/Union Square) Angela LaSpisa & Sharada LaSpisa
    115 Wooster Street #2F
    Sunday 9:45 am – 10:45 am
    Monday and Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
  • The Shala (Downtown/Union Square) Barbara Verrochi & Kristin Leigh
    815 Broadway
    Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 9:45 am
  • The Shala (Fort Greene, Brooklyn) Barbara Verrochi & Kristin Leigh
    83 Lafayette Ave
    Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 10:00 am
    Monday – Thursday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Sunday 8:00 am – 9:45 am
  • Usha Veda Yoga (Greenpoint)
    1104 Manhattan Ave
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Yoga Works (Upper Westside) Evan Perry
    37 West 65th Street, 4th floor
    Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 8:30 am
  • Yoga Works (Soho) Laura Olson
    459 Broadway
    Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 am

See also Ashtanga Yoga Classes in NYC (Led primary series)

Ashtanga Yoga Classes in NYC (Led primary series)

[updated 6/6/12 Usha Veda added, Ashtanga Yoga Brooklyn reduced, Sangha Yoga Shala reduced, Ashtanga Yoga New York expanded, Ashtanga Yoga UWS added, Good Yoga removed, Land Yoga expanded, Om Factory added, Peridance removed, Pure Yoga West modified ]

Because not all classes or teachers are listed on kpjayi.com or ashtanga.com or even ashtangayoga.com, here is a list of current led primary series in the city.  If you know of something that isn’t listed or have a review, please share!

How to get listed:  send us a note on the contact page or comment below.
How to get unlisted:  word gets out that it ain’t a proper led class.  We don’t list classes that are “inspired” by Ashtanga, intro classes, or anything like that.

(All classes are assumed to be full primary unless otherwise noted.)
(We can’t account for teachers who aren’t following the KPJAYI method.  Your best bet is to go to an Authorized or Certified teacher listed at KPJAYI.)

MONDAY
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
1 Half Primary Om Factory (Garment)
7:45pm Land Yoga (Harlem)

TUESDAY
7:00
Half Primary Yoga Works (SoHo)
10:30 Greenhouse Holistic (Williamsburg)
12 Land Yoga (Harlem)
12:30 Beginner Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
6:30 Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
7:15 Sangha Yoga Shala (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
7:45pm Land Yoga (Harlem)

WEDNESDAY
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Garment)
7:45pm Land Yoga (Harlem)

THURSDAY
7:00 Half Primary Yoga Works (SoHo)
8:30 Half Primary Usha Veda (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
10:30 Greenhouse Holistic (Williamsburg)
12 Land Yoga (Harlem)
12:30 Beginner Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
6:30 Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
7:45pm Land Yoga (Harlem)

FRIDAY
6:30 Pure Yoga (Westside)
6:30 Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
8 Pure Yoga (Westside) (1st and 3rd Friday)
8:15 Beginners Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
9:30 Pure Yoga (Westside)
9:30 Pure Yoga (Upper East)
12 Land Yoga (Harlem)
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
5 Pure Yoga (Westside)

SATURDAY
9 Yoga Works (Westside)
9 Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side (Upper West Side)
9 Land Yoga (Harlem)
9:30 Pure Yoga (Upper West)
10 Ashtanga Yoga New York (SOHO)
12
The Shala (Union Square)
12 The Shala (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
12:30 Beginners Land Yoga (Harlem)

SUNDAY
8 Ashtanga Yoga Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
10:30 Greenhouse Holistic (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
10:30 Sangha Yoga Shala (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
12 The Shala (Union Square)
12:30 Usha Veda Half Primary (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
4 Yoga Works (Westside)


Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes in New York City