Going to Reflections Yoga used to mean pushing your way through the maddening frenzy of tourists, cartoon character impersonators, and comedy show salesmen in Times Square, so that by the time you arrived for class, you really needed to breathe deeply in child’s pose. Not anymore.
The studio, or “center for conscious living,” just made a big move to the East Side and is settling into a pretty duplex on a super quiet block of 24th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, where it will celebrate its grand opening with an Open House on October 11 and 12.
“It’s so beautiful, it looks like a very cool New York City apartment,” says owner Paula Tursi. “It has a homey feel, so that you walk in and you’re already in a chill space.”
The street-level space is slightly smaller than Reflections’ former expansive home, but it still has room for three studios (one upstairs facing the street, with natural light streaming in through huge front windows), two treatment rooms for bodywork, and a cozy lounge with a couch and kitchen, for chatting about chaturangas over tea. And it’s decorated with simple accents like pretty light fixtures and a bright red wall, for warmth.
In terms of classes, Tursi says you’ll find the same no-dogma approach she took in the old space, which means a variety of class styles and teachers—from calming Yin Yoga to a morning Kick Start Flow with squats and crunches—plus cool lifestyle workshops like Eye-Gazing and “Authentic Relating Game Night.”
“What I do try to stay very consistent with is that people move slower, and teachers are journeying people inward, not outward,” she says. “We want it to be a more meditative experience.” That way, they’ll be ready in case they need to go to Times Square for something else like, say, a Broadway show. —Lisa Elaine Held
Reflections Yoga, 227 E. 24th St., Gramercy, $15–20 per class, www.reflectionsyoga.com