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Pulse Points: News that got our hearts racing

Snooki and JWOWW at Barry's Bootcamp.
Snooki and JWOWW at Barry’s Bootcamp in Tribeca.

We recap everything earth shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: March 30–April 5, 2013.


Irreverent online yoga class purveyor DirtyYoga launched a limited run of live classes at Crunch that will be offered through May at select locations in New York and San Francisco.

In a lengthy profile in the New York Observer that called him the Yoga Messiah, yoga champ Jared McCann announced he’s looking for spaces for his own studio in New York, which will be called the New York Asana Center.

Brooklyn’s Goodyoga opened a new cafe at its Bed-Study/Clinton Hill studio, which serves fresh juices, nut milks, tea and coffee, and kombucha.


Jersey Shore stars Snooki and JWOWW took their first Barry’s Bootcamp class at the Tribeca studio.

Uptown Pilates owner Mika Street sold her group of three popular studios to Meredith Drushal, the manager of guest experience at Exhale Chicago, and her husband Adam. No word yet on whether the new ownership will affect the company’s approach.

Skinnypizza’s Margherita.


Long Island-based Skinnypizza signed a deal to bring multiple locations to Manhattan soon, with the first opening at the World Financial Center in September. The company serves pizza with significantly reduced calories, fat, carbs, and sodium.

Whole Foods announced it will build a rooftop greenhouse at its new Gowanus store, set to open this fall, in partnership with Gotham Greens.

New York salad chain Just Salad is giving away a limited number of pink VIP Bowls, which will allow owners to skip the line come lunchtime. Your boss will love it.

And in food-you-should-never-eat news, Eater reported that Dunkin Donuts released a new glazed donut breakfast sandwich in Massachusetts, which you can get with bacon, egg, and cheese, in case you want to fall asleep or pop a Pepto as soon as you get to your desk in the morning.


The New York Yoga Journal Conference is this weekend, with the country’s top teachers descending on the city to teach and a yoga marketplace that is free and open to the public. (See you there!)

If you’re a yogi who appreciates more Zen surrounds, Isauro Fernandez is teaching a special Ki Power Vinyasa master class followed by a Q&A at Earth Yoga this Saturday, April 6, as part of the Upper East Side studio’s “Portrait of a Yogi” series.

Organic Avenue is hosting a beauty event on Saturday, April 13 with skin consultations and mini facials by Tata Harper and lymphatic system brushing information from Tracy Piper. Admission is $100 and includes free juice and a gift bag.

Leading up to the More/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon happening in Central Park on Saturday, April 14, Athleta (a sponsor) will be hosting a series of events at its UES and UWS stores, including pre-race yoga on April 12 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., healthy brunch on April 13 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and celebratory massages and bubbly on the 14th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.