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This Week in Wellness: Flybarre expands, New Balance debuts store, and more


Flybarre
The new Flybarre studio in the Flywheel Sports Flatiron location

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

Happy Friday!

More room at the barre. This week Flywheel Sports knocked down a few walls (and obstructing floor-to-ceiling beams) in their Flatiron studio to accommodate almost twice the number of spinner-squatters in their popular sculpting Flybarre class. With room for 20 barre flies now, there’s no more wondering if that sweat on your mat is really all your own.

Spinning in the windy city. In other Flywheel news, the opening of their first location in Chicago this week kicked off with a class taught by The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels. Check out the photos here. And hey, Jillian, show us New Yorkers some love!

new balance
A view of New Balance's New York City store

Running shoe cobblers. New Balance opened its first New York City store yesterday on Fifth Avenue at 20th Street. We were at the launch party, where models showed off the apparel and employees made cocktails and…shoes! The company is one of the only large fitness brands that still manufactures in the United States, and you can watch them assemble your running sneakers in-store. You can also try them out on a test-track.

Wanderlust Williamsburg. Grab your skinniest yoga pants Brooklynites—this September, the yoga-music fest is headed to Billyburg, where Elena Brower and Schuyler Grant will headline a class followed by a concert featuring Karsh Kale and Forro in The Dark. (Hopefully no one has ever heard of these bands—otherwise, the hipsters won’t show up.) The downside? Unlike June’s free Wanderlust in the City event at Pier 63, this one costs $30 for yoga+music or $15 for music only in advance or $35/$18 day of.

Anusara in the Apple. Speaking of Elena Brower, Virayoga is celebrating the 14th birthday of Anusara with a downtown festival this weekend to benefit the Akasha Project, an organization that brings yoga to communities that would not otherwise have access. Listen to live music and practice with top teachers both days.

The skinny on SkinnySkinny. The cult-favorite Brooklyn-based handmade soap and dry shampoo brand just moved its eco-headquarters to larger digs at 268 Grand Street in Williamsburg. All the better to make room for its growing line of fastidiously natural products and the organic soap-making students, who are obsessed with them.