Best Yoga Studio NYC 2016
Our 2014 Best Yoga Studio is still absolutely exceptional. The Loom is not only the best deal in town — unlimited classes for as low as $69 per month, plus the use of any and all equipment you might need — it’s the friendliest yoga studio in New York. The talented, professional instructors are welcoming of all students, longtime regulars and brand-new yogis alike, and offer as much or as little hands-on adjustment as you’re comfortable with. With over fifty classes spread throughout the week, it’s easy to find a level and style that works for you. The $5 community classes also make the Loom accessible to more people, something it’s been striving for since it opened in 2010. This year the Loom has opened a Pilates studio across the hallway, and you can take aerial yoga classes or workshops (the yin yoga will have you sleeping deeper than any prescription drug) and attend community potlucks to get to know your yoga neighbors off the mat as well.
Best Yoga Studio Brooklyn 2016
Loom Yoga Center is a Brooklyn yoga studio that has been serving the community since 2010. The studio hosts more than 50 classes weekly, including aerial pilates, aerial yoga, flow and restore, hatha, vinyasa, restorative, tribal fusion belly dance, meditation, and more. The instructors on staff are certified by 200, 500, and 800-hour teacher training. Sessions are available for all experience levels. Yoga teacher training and Reiki training programs are also provided.
Best Yoga Studio NYC 2014
Most of this city’s yoga studios purport to have created an engaged community, but at Loom Yoga Center you’ll know this is true before you set foot or forehead on a mat — just see the regulars chatting with each other and instructors as they strip off shoes and socks outside the cozy practice room. Chalk that up to the teachers, a confident group adept at creating a judgment-free environment via open-level vinyasa classes that accommodate all experience thresholds (and all comfort levels with spirituality within yoga practice, too — we have yet to be asked to chant). Beginners’ lessons here are helpful even to seasoned yogis looking to strengthen their foundations, and more advanced yogis will find their kin in intermediate sessions. The studio offers more than 30 classes per week, including meditation workshops and aerial Pilates. And once you’ve said your closing om, you can cross the hall for a massage.
Loom Yoga Center is tucked away in the most Bushwick building I can imagine on an industrial corner off the Morgan L stop, so finding it at first was a tad tricky. Walking through the hallways of the building complex I pass the Bushwick Food Coop, a pet supplies store, a yarn collective, and a coffee shop that feels like people should be using typewriters. But all of this added to the charm of Loom, a beautiful studio with space for a growing holistic community.
Hands-on yoga instruction
Trade your usual sweaty, overcrowded Yoga to the People classes for intimate ones at this smaller, wood-floored studio, where group sessions are capped at 12 people. Not only will you get more individual attention from the instructors and ample room to stretch amid the potted plants, but your first hatha, vinyasa, Brazilian samba or belly-dancing session is $5 (after that, pay $10 per class). If you absolutely can’t get into downward dog unless you’ve paid what you wish, you can join Loom’s suggested-donation vinyasa flow classes on Saturdays at noon.
Dwelling in the present
Loom Yoga is located in a hip little mall with indoor entrances to not only the studio, but to shops selling skateboards, yarn, vintage clothing and coffee. I’d felt like I’d entered some wonderful alternate universe, and that if I lived upstairs in that building, I might never leave. The whole place smelled like cookies.
I felt like I could do a back flip
Additionally, the massage therapy room is dimly lit and nicely heated with world music playing in the background. Once the massage was over, I felt like I could easily do a back flip if I wanted to. (I didn’t want to, in case you’re curious.) I also felt really thirsty. “That’s because your body is getting rid of the toxins,” said Beret. She also recommended a run or a long hot shower, so that all the nasty toxins leave my body more easily. After the massage with Beret Kirkby, my body and mind felt cleansed and relaxed.
The Best Things To Do
Practice your asanas at Loom Yoga Center.