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Class Action: Hatha Yoga at Swanand Yoga


Instead of embracing the city's love affair with any variation on a fast-paced Vinyasa flow, this new studio is offering slow, spiritually-centered Hatha classes in candelit rooms.

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swanand yoga

Swanand Yoga officially opened its doors last week, just south of Penn Station in Chelsea. And instead of embracing the city’s love affair with any variation on a fast-paced Vinyasa flow, the studio is offering slow, spiritually-centered Hatha classes in candelit rooms.

We stopped by for Hatha Level I & II with Netri (Patrizia Palazzolo). The class was quiet, slow, and focused, and during the asana portion, Netri circled the room offering expert cues and corrections. After the poses, there was a sequence of Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath), a short meditation, and some brief chanting. And Savasana was so long, I felt like I’d taken an early evening nap.

Overall, the class left me feeling cool, calm, and collected, but I was slightly bored (yes, I realize the point of yoga is not to entertain me) and never broke a sweat.

Who’s it for: The Integral Yoga set, the seriously stressed, and spiritual seekers.

Book it or Skip it: Book it, if you fit the above description.

Swanand Yoga, 171 W. 29th Street, 3rd Floor, Chelsea, Single class: $20, www.swanandyoga.com

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