Instructor Heather Andersen opened the cool Greenwich Village space in July and is currently offering private sessions and mat classes. After Labor Day, she plans to expand the group class schedule to include more mat sessions and small-group reformer classes (trios).
Many high-profile Pilates instructors and studios adhere to a strict interpretation of Joseph Pilates’ teachings. But Andersen and her team of instructors trained at the Kane School, which takes a more modern approach. She incorporates less flexion (crunching) and more planking, which she says is safer for your back and more efficient when it comes to ab strength and posture correction. “We have a super modern approach to Pilates, very influenced by Irene Dowd, the acclaimed anatomist and kinesiologist. We’re aiming for healthy, functional and strong.” (Plus, Andersen wears bold red lipstick while she teaches, which somehow makes the core torture more fun.)
The pretty studio is located one block south of Washington Square Park, and could be a candidate for the Dwell Magazine fitness issue. (Hey, that’s not a bad idea! We offer to guest edit.) It has light wood floors, white-washed walls, and leaning mirrors, and Pilates props in light blue and yellow are neatly stored in baskets between plants. The uncluttered space almost helps boost your posture and release tension in your body. —Lisa Elaine Held
64 W. 3rd St., btwn Thompson and LaGuardia Pl., Greenwich Village, $25 per mat class, $100 for private, www.new-york-pilates.com