We should all try incorporating more yoga into our weekly exercise regimen. How many times have you heard that? And how many times have you ignored it? I always try telling my family and friends how beneficial yoga can be, but time and time again they respond with “it’s just not for me.” They’ll try to argue that they’re not flexible, or that it’s too slow, or that they’re just not “good” at it. All of these excuses are just silly, and I’ll tell you why. You don’t have to be flexible for yoga because that’s what yoga is for! It will naturally increase your flexibility at a slow pace with very low to zero impact on your muscles. And yes, some forms can be slower than others, but what is so wrong with taking an hour out of your non-stop work week to slow down and actually breathe. I promise you that  your body will thank you. And please stop telling me that you’re “not good at it” because that’s not a thing. Yoga is a practice free of judgment. It’s just you and your mat, and I promise you no one will care if you can’t reach your toes.

All I’m saying is that you can’t hate something you’ve never tried, right? Oh wait…you have tried it and it’s still not working for you? Fair enough, but there are a variety of yoga classes in NYC that are absolutely not your typical flow. These alternative yoga classes in NYC will still give you the well-known benefits of yoga as well as some added bonuses. Read on to find out which unique yoga practice is meant for you. Namaste my friends.

If you are looking for a soulful sweat session: Buti Yoga

Buti Yoga combines Hatha and Kundalini yoga with tribal dance sequences for a total body workout, and chakra-balancing practice. It’s always a heart-pumping, feminine, fierce, body-slimming, and mind-freeing experience. Women find that when done in a group setting, this practice forms a true sisterhood and frees the female spirit. It’s the BUTI tribe’s sincere hope that women will delve deeply into this practice, form a true sisterhood and learn to love themselves in an empowering way. You’ll leave sweaty, feeling empowered, and with a whole tribe of Buti Yoga Sistas! Be sure to check out Paige’s Wednesday class, which really gets the magic of Buti flowing with a live drum circle!

If you are looking to get fit and toned, boot camp style try this yoga class in NYC: Fit Flow with Jacyn

This yoga class in NYC is intense and upbeat, probably two words that are hardly ever associated with yoga. Jacyn has you jumping, toning, crunching, sweating, and working every area of your body through the hour. She incorporates yoga poses throughout the flow and always ends the class with a peaceful savasna pose – allowing you to catch your breath and give yourself some gratitude for what you just put your body through. You earned it.

Jacyn’s Fit Flow classes can be found at Yoga To the People @23rd and 3rd Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. And they’re only $5! For a full schedule click here: http://yogatothepeople.com/new-york/yoga-to-the-people-ii/schedule-fees/

If you are looking to release your inner child: Aerial Yoga

When you were younger, could you always be found on the monkey bars? I bet you kind of miss that feeling of flying through the air. Well with the support of a soft suspended fabric, Aerial Yoga allows to relive that experience combining traditional yoga with elements of aerial acrobatics. Note: you do NOT need to be a circus star, lifelong yogi, or natural-born acrobat to try this yoga class in NYC! All levels are welcome.

If you’re looking for a deep stretch plus strengthening: Itzhamantra

This functional yoga class in NYC with strengthen and stretch your whole body. Natalie’s class focuses on the basics of yoga and how you can incorporate them into every movement. The class is geared towards all levels. She offers modifications to allow the student to choose their own practice. Natalie’s goal is to have everyone leave the class feeling a little taller, stronger, and of course relaxed. Her classes are most Sundays at 4pm, giving that much needed recovery from the weekend and allowing you to breathe and set your intention for the week to follow.

Please contact Natalie at itzhamantra@gmail.com

And check out her Facebook and Instagram feed @Itzhamantra for inspiring ways to incorporate yoga into your everday lives.

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