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Class Action: Rise and Shine Slow Flow at Savasana Station


Savasana Station, yoga
(Photo: Savasana Station)

At 7:45 a.m. on a Friday in New York City, 14th street is pretty busy (especially when you’re running late to yoga class, oops). There are people walking to work, garbage trucks making their rounds, and crowded bus stops. But as soon as you walk into Savasana Station, a yoga studio in the East Village at Avenue B and 13th Street, it’s like a little shelter from the crowded sidewalk storm.

The bright and airy loft-style studio opened last spring and has space for about 20 mats. The motto here is “yoga for tired people,” so with a name like Savasana Station I was half expecting the class to put me to sleep. But Rise and Shine Flow was decently-paced with a few rounds of vinyasa sequences. You can’t be that tired to do them.

Owner, Kim Stetz, taught the class. She’s been teaching privates for nearly 14 years but has the group class chops, walking the studio, making adjustments, and waxing poetic about a talk she went to with the Gyalwang Drukpa. Best of all, her quiet demeanor helped me slow down.

We flowed through standing Warrior poses, popped up into bridge, and struggled, er, settled into deep pigeon poses. It was the perfect reprieve after a week of cycling and HIIT, and totally got me to recharge and bliss out.

Some of the other instructors include Ben Brown, who also teaches at Chelsea Piers, Ellie Aaron, an instructor at DoYogaDoPilates, and Lawrence Do’an Grecco, a Zen monk. The studio also offers Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Nidra, and free, donation-based meditation.

After an hour, Stetz led us into savasana and came around the room with Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment. (Brilliant!) Maybe because of all the special billing given to savasana, or maybe because the sun was slowly beaming in through the big windows, but it was one of the best restorative moments I’d had in weeks. —Molly Gallagher

Who’s it for: NYU students and East Village locals trying to slow the heck down, New Yorkers with insomnia, and running, cycling, and rowing devotees who need a rest day.

Need to know detail: There’s no water fountain or cooler.

212 Avenue B, enter on 13th Street, $21 per class, www.savasanastation.com