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Upper East Yoga Studios

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Looking to add yoga to your workout routine but not sure where to start? Today, we’re going to make it easy by taking a look at some of the best yoga studios for beginners near the apartments for rent in Manhattan, and giving you the lowdown on how to ease into yoga the right way.

Why Yoga?

There are plenty of reasons to want to add yoga to your workout routine, most of them being the physical and mental benefits that come with the practice. According to Huffpost, “More than 90 percent of people come to yoga for flexibility, stress relief, health, and physical fitness.”

Yoga, done on a regular basis, can help improve your strength, flexibility, and mobility (giving you a freedom of movement that will make all of life’s daily tasks seem that much easier). Yoga practice can help alleviate some of the pain that comes along with many chronic illnesses, and even help you reduce the stress associated with day to day life.

In doing so, Yoga helps you think more clearly, to live in the moment and enjoy life, and gain more restful sleep during your nights. This, on its own, is more than enough to want to give yoga a go, but you’ll have to remember to start smart, especially if you’re new to exercising, so that you can prevent injuries and reap the maximum benefit.

Yoga for Beginners

So, what should a beginner yoga practitioner keep in mind? First things first, you’ll want to think about why you want to practice yoga and what style of yoga is going to be right for you. You might be in it for the health benefits we mentioned earlier, or maybe you’re more about the spiritual enlightenment aspects you’ve heard about the practice? Knowing this will help you in identifying your goals for taking a yoga class, and help keep you motivated to strive toward those goals.

As for what style of yoga you’ll want to tackle, you’ll probably want to start with something basic, like vinyasa flow class, where you can learn the fundamentals, explore different yoga postures, and figure out what direction you’ll want to take your training in once you become more proficient. As for tracking down those beginner classes, you’ll need to find a worthwhile studio for that, which is exactly what we’ll be giving you a hand with in our next section.

Yoga Studios Worth Your While

On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, you’ve got your pick of fabulous studios to pick from. We’ve narrowed it down to a few prominent options that should give you what you need out of their class offerings.

Bode NYC Upper East Side

Bode is one of those names that has been around for a long time in the city. They opened up Manhattan’s very first Bikram Yoga studio all the way back in 1999. As time passed, so to did Bode’s fame, and they’ve expanded, opening locations in the Upper West Side, Flatiron, and eventually the Upper East Side in 2006.

In that time, they haven’t just been expanding their locations, but their class offerings as well. Yoga Nidra, for example, might be a great jumping on point for you, as you ease through their 30-minute guided course that mixes some basic yoga postures with “body sensing, breath awareness, guided imagery and other practices,” to take you on a journey of meditation. You can get a look at some of their other classes here.

House of Jai

Erin Fogel, Jeri Fogel, and Meg Carlough all share a passion for yoga, and so they joined forces to found House of Jai. The phrase is symbolic in meaning, based upon a “powerful exclamation of joy used to describe incredible beauty or magnificence,” and one that guides their philosophy.

In terms of welcoming beginners, they’re so dedicated that they have a whole section of their website devoted to laying out some basics for newbies, which include instructions on how to sign up for classes, how to register for workshops, and what you should bring with you on your first day to the studio. All-in-all, it’s a welcoming atmosphere that you should really enjoy, and will help you ease into yoga at your own pace.

Five Pillars Yoga

This studio, as the name suggests, believes strongly in the “five pillars” to a balanced lifestyle — right movement, right nutrition, right breathing, right relaxation, right intention. They infuse these tenets into lessons, using them as a springboard for “taking yoga off the mat and into our lives,” in addition to providing some rather interesting classes.

Five Pillars understands that yoga might seem intimidating to the newcomer, and so they do their best to make beginner lessons accessible, easy to understand, and, most of all, fun and engaging. Chances are you’ll fit right in here from day one.

Y7 Studio Upper East Side

Y7 was founded on the philosophy of “breaking down traditional barriers to make yoga inclusive and accessible.” To this end, they are dedicated to the group experience, to the idea that working as a team is a surefire way to the path of results, something reflected in their many class offerings.

You might do well to start with one of the vinyasa classes here, where you can learn and practice various postures with a focus on safety and smart technique. Come with an open mind, leave with your consciousness expanded and your spirit fulfilled.

Staying Fit at the Apartments for Rent in Manhattan

Remember that finding a great yoga studio to add to your routine is just the start. At amazing NYC communities like The Cole, you’ll also be able to take advantage of built-in amenities, such as the state-of-the-art fitness center, to help take your workouts to the next level. No time to get out for a run or do some lifting? No problem, you can schedule those workouts for your free time, in between your busy schedule when you’re at home. Perks like this are what make modern apartment living great, and you’ll find few examples finer than The Cole. Be sure to check out everything this beautiful building has to offer, and make this your choice for Manhattan living done right.