Studio Review: Yogamaya

yogamaya blogLove is most definitely in the air today – can you feel it? Today we are sending some love to Yogamaya, one of the awesome studios we launched for our We HEART Yoga campaign. We sent ambassador Jane to try a class at the beloved Chelsea studio and well – we think it was love at first sight! Here’s what she had to say:

The Space

The studio is on the 6th floor of a building located on 20th Street between 6th and 7th Aves. After getting off the elevator and before stepping into the studio, I could smell the amazing incense. As soon as I walked in, I was surprised by how zen the area felt. It didn’t feel cramped at all! There was ample space to sit down and take off my shoes plus a large coat rack.  If Yogamaya was aiming to achieve status as a yoga sanctuary, they nailed it.

Once I checked in at the desk, I went into the room and grabbed a mat (yes, they’re included!) and set up. Inside the room, there are shelves to place belongings.  Free mats and changing rooms make coming to Yogamaya after work or before brunch much simpler to plan.

The Instructor
Before class started, Bridgette introduced herself to everyone individually and made it a point to remember our names. She was friendly and easy on the ears as it was soothing listening to her lead us through poses. Bridgette walked around throughout the class to correct form. It’s evident how devoted she is to the studio and to the practice. I did some digging and learned she received her 200hr teacher training at Yogamaya. Love that!

The Class

All of Yogamya’s classes are based on traditional vinyasa yoga.  They offer yin/restorative yoga classes and regular level 1, 2, ⅔, 3 classes which vary between 75 minutes and 90 minutes plus hour-long versions of each level. Definitely something for everyone.

I took the hour-long level 2 class with Bridgette.  Since I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for about 3 years, it was perfect for me – not too long of a class but not too slow or too challenging either. The heat was on prior to class but it was turned off when class started. Even without the heat, I still got a bit sweaty. The poses flowed right into one another and the transitions were flawless. Toward the end of class, we practiced some handstands against the wall with the blocks – I haven’t quite mastered it yet but that’s why they say yoga is a practice!

Want to try a class at Yogamaya but don’t have a ClassPass? What are you waiting for? Get one today!

This post was written by ClassPass ambassador Jane Rosales. She recently completed her first marathon, and loves taking classes at boutique fitness studios in NYC. Read her blog here and follow her on twitter at @JanePRosales.

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