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This Week in Wellness: Equinox expands its empire, NYC triathletes, and more


Harvey Spevak
Harvey Spevak

Welcome to our weekly roundup of wellness tidbits, healthy hints, and new places and products that caught our eye.

Happy Friday!

Equinox expands its empire. Equinox is fast becoming the LVMH of fitness, snapping up another high-end gym: The Sports Club. This news comes on the heels of its recent SoulCycle acquisition. Guess that makes Harvey Spevak the Bernard Arnault of the sweat set.

You say you want a RAWVolution? The California-based raw foods cafe, RAWVolution, opened its first NYC location this week in the East Village. Pure Food and Wine needn’t worry though—with only five tables, it’s unlikely to make a huge dent in the market, even if it does offer “emotional shamanic journeys” as a supplement to its cleanses.

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RAWVolution's new storefront. (Photo: The Local, East Village)

When yogis snap. Racked NY published an email newsletter sent to followers of Bikram Yoga Manhattan announcing the closing of its Penn Station location. In it, director Raffael Pacitti accused Yoga to the People of violating “this honorable and ancient system in the interest of commerce and making money.” Sounds like these yogis are a little overheated—may we suggest a restorative class?

We salute New York triathletes. This Sunday, August 7th, super-fit New Yorkers will swim up the Hudson (now that’s brave), bike up the West Side Highway (possibly even more courageous) and run through Central Park in the Nautica New York City Triathlon. We’re cheering for three special New Yorkers who inspire us—Ariane Hundt, Olivia Ward, and Laurel Wassner. Kick some butt, ladies!

Russell Simmons yoga

Put some hip-hop in your Hamptons. Ok, so this doesn’t technically involve hip-hop, but everyone’s favorite celeb rap producer turned Jivamukti yogi, Russell Simmons, is hosting a Yogathon at the Gilt City Hamptons House, to benefit the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The invite doesn’t include any indication of who’s teaching or what the yogathon will actually entail. We’re curious, since we know Sharon Gannon prefers Woodstock to Watermill.

Rock your body. Next Wednesday, sneak in a supercharged 90-minute IntenSati class at this special “Love Ur Body, Move Ur Body” event in Chelsea with Natalia Petrzela and Erin Stutland. BluePrintCleanse will serve up sample juices and we heard there may also be some fitness fashion discounts in store.

Veggie-friendly street fair. The Integral Yoga Institute is hosting a “Day for Your Health” street fair on Saturday, August 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stop by for demos and samples from vegetarian vendors and natural beauty brands, $5 yoga classes, massages, and educational presentations like “How to be a healthy vegetarian/vegan” with natural foods guru Manu Dawson.