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We recap everything earth-shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: April 20–26, 2013.


SoulCycle announced an official opening date for its new 4,000-square-foot Williamsburg studio: May 13. The studio will the the brand’s 16th location, and the first in Brooklyn, and will include a 62 bikes, full-service locker rooms and showers, and, of course, retail galore.

Barry’s Bootcamp is officially opening its Hamptons studio for the season, starting April 27. The studio is open on weekends only for now, and Joey Gonzalez and Alycia Stevenin will be teaching, which means they won’t be teaching in the city on the weekends. Boo to that.

Chaise 23 brought back an oldie-but-a-goodie called “Yoga Chair,” a class which combines exercises on its tricked-out Pilates chair with yoga on the mat.


exhale juiceExhale added a new offering at its Meatpacking District location in the Hotel Gansevoort: Fresh Juice Press juices will now be available for purchase on site.

Mayor Bloomberg announced a new composting initiative that more than 100 New York restaurants have signed on to, including Blue Hill, Chipotle, and ‘Wichcraft.

The New York Times reported that Organic Avenue has hired a former Pret A Manger president to help the raw food and juice brand appeal to more mainstream consumers.

And Tumeric Alive is now selling its turmeric-laced beverages on Fresh Direct, so you can order a health boost from home.


New York’s go-to outdoor adventure purveyor, Discover Outdoors, announced the launch of a foundation that will bring healthy outdoor activities, like hiking and rock climbing, to underprivileged city kids.

And the Pilates world is banding together for a full-day of fundraising for various charities. Studios like Uptown Pilates and Re:ab Pilates are participating in The Pilates Gives Back Spring Fling.


Celebrate the sunshine with two upcoming outdoor yoga events: Reflections Yoga is hosting a free class on Sunday, April 28 at 10 a.m. in Ritz Park Plaza, and a group of Brooklyn yogis are hosting the Spring into Yoga Festival, a full day of donation-based classes in Prospect Park on May 5.

Modern meditation guru Jeff Cannon is hosting a series of meditation classes at the Jefferson Market Library in the West Village on three Saturdays, starting on April 27.