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Class Action: David Regelin’s Vesica at Katonah Yoga


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David Regelin
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Vesica Vinyasa with David Regelin at Katonah Yoga
New York Magazine‘s controversial profile of David Regelin—which focused on the yoga instructor’s abandonment of his tricks-filled Multi-Intenso class for a new alignment-focused method dubbed Vesica—created lots of hubbub. As did Regelin’s response to the story.

We headed to Katonah Yoga to see what all the fuss was about.

During Vesica, Regelin leads you through a slow (read: cardio free) and deliberate sequence of poses. But it’s incredibly challenging because of the time and effort devoted to each one.

He shows you how your body parts are like puzzle pieces—like how the arch of your foot fits perfectly into the curve of your elbow—and spends lots of time correcting your alignment both during and after class. (People stuck around for an extra 15 minutes or more.)

“If you take a class, like this once in a while,” Regelin told me, “you’ll learn how to move and you’ll take it with you when you take other classes.”

If yoga were basketball, Vesica would be great for practicing your lay-up before hitting the court for a game. —Lisa Elaine Held

Who’s it good for? Any yogi looking to tighten up their technique.

Book it or skip it? Book it.