It might seem odd that a city of fast-moving workaholics would happily sign up for an hour of deep breaths and contemplation. But it makes sense, if you think about it—all that stress has to go somewhere. And NYC’s yoga scene is as diverse as its residents. Here’s where to stretch, sweat and get centered all over the city.
The Best Yoga Studio in 8 NYC Neighborhoods
Park Slope, Brooklyn: Bend + Bloom
This sun-drenched studio offers both beginner and advanced classes, restorative yoga, a rejuvenating Sunrise Flow for early risers, pre- and postnatal yoga, family yoga—even 25-minute guided meditation classes that are more healing than your favorite post-work cocktail. Bend & Bloom also hosts Sweet Relief + Live Music classes, where you’ll flow, stretch and genuinely rock out to a live band that plays throughout your session. Only in New York.
708 Sackett St. (between Fourth and Fifth aves.), Brooklyn; 347-987-3162 or bendandbloom.com
Chinatown: Sky Ting
It’s easy to check your stress at the door when you sign up for a class at Sky Ting’s pristine loft. If the soothing white-brick walls, huge windows and high ceilings don’t immediately summon your inner serenity, the studio’s signature class certainly will with its blend of Hatha, Kundalini, Katonah, Pranayama and guided meditation. For a double dose of calm, and after fully rehydrating, book a 30- or 45-minute shvitz in the on-site sauna.
55 Chrystie St., fourth floor (between Hester and Canal sts.); 212-203-5786 or skytingyoga.com
Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Y7 Studio
Not one for New Agey background music? Set your asanas to a serious beat at the OG home of hip-hop yoga. Attend a We Flow Hard Vinyasa session to partake in a challenging, stress-releasing 60-minute workout to a soundtrack of Drake and Jay-Z. The mirrorless studio is kept dark so yogis of all experience levels can sweat without distraction.
240 Kent Ave. (at N. First St.), Brooklyn; 646-820-0781 or y7-studio.com
Union Square: Om Factory
Bring your yoga practice to new heights with aerial Yoga in a colorful hammock or with partner-based acroyoga at this welcoming studio. Nervous about taking things off the mat? Beginners should check out Level 1 Classes or the studio's monthly Acro 101 Workshops (no partner required). Om Factory is also home to aerial acrobatics, aerial dance and aerial circus classes for both adults and kids.
873 Broadway #202 (at 18th St.); 212-353-3500 or omfactory.yoga
West Village: Modo Yoga Nyc
Those looking to dabble in various types of yoga should check out this neighborhood studio. Its stellar lineup includes things like Silent Modo, where classes are led by a teacher’s practice without words; Yin, which focuses in on deep stretching and holds; or Live Music Karma Class, which is a donation-based community class that benefits local and global nonprofits.
434 Sixth Ave. #2; 212-780-9642 or nyc.modoyoga.com
Hell’s Kitchen: Sonic Yoga
If you’ve shelled out for classes in this city, you know this studio’s newbie promotion—$108 for two months of unlimited yoga—is pretty hard to pass up. In addition to meditation classes and vinyasa flow classes, Sonic Yoga also offers community drop-in sessions ($5 donation recommended) and 200-hour yoga teacher training programs in the city as well as the Hamptons and Costa Rica.
944 Eighth Ave.; 212-397-6344 or sonicyoga.com
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn: Area Yoga
Squeeze a pre-work yoga sesh in with one of Area Yoga’s convenient one-hour Express classes, or wind down after a long day with Restorative Yoga, where peace, tranquility and deep stretches get you ready for a good night’s sleep. Snag your spot early—this ultra-cozy studio environment doesn’t offer much elbow room.
144 Montague St., Brooklyn; 718-221-9642 or areayogabrooklyn.com
Astoria, Queens: Yoga Agora
On a budget? This ultra-friendly local studio offers drop-ins for just $8 a class, plenty of donation-based classes and even free mat storage. You’ll find various levels of vinyasa in addition to Yin, Alignment and Pranayama (focused on breathing techniques). Stop by on Sunday nights for meditation hour—it’s a great way to get grounded before whatever the coming week has in store.
33-02 Broadway, Queens; 718-626-0680 or yogaagora.com