Bija Yoga: New York City’s newest yoga studio opens tonight


This week, another New York City yoga studio opens its doors, just a stone's throw from the city's most established ones. How will it stand apart?
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Bija Yoga's 50-mat studio opens today

Today another yoga studio is opening its doors—making it the city’s one-millionth? Bija Yoga, which means “seed” in Sanskrit, is a stone’s throw from many of the city’s most established studios in Union Square. How will it stand apart?

Founder and yoga instructor Veronica Perretti says the 50-mat studio in Union Square is counting on community feel (hence a sweetly decked out sitting area scattered with floor pillows, free tea, and a small boutique) and access to top teachers to lure yogis inside.

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Bija's Veronica Perretti

Perretti has studied with Seane Corn, as well as several star New York City teachers, many of whom she’s recruited to teach two-hour Saturday Sadhana sessions ($25) at Bija. Pure Yoga’s Marco Rojas, YogaWorks’ Sarah Bell, Exhale’s Nixa De Bellis, and Sankalpah’s Isaac Peña have already signed on.

During the week, the alignment-based Vinyasa classes ($20), which come in three levels, will share the schedule with twice-weekly meditation classes, monthly yogic studies, and Kirtan sessions. “We’re creating a family here,” says Perretti.

Bija’s Grand Opening Party is tonight (open to the public), Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.

20 E. 17th St., 2nd fl., btwn. Fifth Ave. and Broadway, Union Square, www.bijayoganyc.com

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