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February in New York City is not exactly a mecca of good vibes, to state the obvious (shout out, drizzly, dreary weather!). So, together with CorePower Yoga, we set out to create one ourselves.

And at Tavern on the Green on Saturday, February 4, hundreds of Well+Good readers showed up to do just that. The result—an atrium filled with droves of amped-up yogis (think: 100-plus people in each of the two separate classes), despite the freezing temps—goes to show the power of kicking off your weekend with a mass sweat sesh.

“The more people you bring together, the higher the vibration, the bigger the energy, and the stronger the support—even if you only feel it through subtle energy,” says CorePower Yoga’s NYC area leader Melissa Hernandez, part of the team who led the packed yoga party.

And trust: The benefits were felt by all. “Starting your day with yoga is a fantastic way to elevate your mood, raise your energy level, activate your brain, and curb cravings for unhealthy foods and sugar dips in the afternoon,” Hernandez notes. “Not to mention, your skin glows like you just had a 60-minute facial.” File under: Score.

The best part? In anticipation of CorePower Yoga’s arrival in NYC this spring, the wellness powerhouse donated all proceeds to Central Park Conservancy, dedicated to preserving New Yorkers’ favorite outdoor playground.

Scroll down for all of the gorgeous photos from the feel-good day—AKA definitive proof that yoga for the masses is a total mood-booster.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good
Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Excited yogis braved the freezing forecast and made it to Central Park in time to chill before class—and the vibrant, all-glass atrium at Tavern on the Green was a warm welcome.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

The room eased into the hourlong workout with spine-stretching child’s pose.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Hundreds of weights stood ready for CorePower Yoga’s signature Yoga Sculpt method.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Leggings upon leggings—and some impressive three-legged downward dogs.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Hernandez and the CorePower team canvassed the room to dispatch form-perfecting advice.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Meanwhile, the burn-factor amped up with squats, mountain climbers, and planks.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Muscle-sculpting moves are always better when done together, right?

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Assistant studio manager Chelsea Scott modeled pro form for the group.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

And the weights went up!

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Arms up and legs in a deep lunge, with a little help from CorePower Yoga’s Lara Gobins.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Saturday mornings call for warrior pose (bring on the power vibes).

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

While the session wound down, Hernandez, Scott, and Gobins channeled mega-mindfulness.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

The endorphin-filled cool-down during savasana.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

High five!

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Post-workout, guests rehydrated with Juice Generation elixirs…

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

…and refueled with seriously delicious Greek yogurt cups.

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

The day definitely called for selfies.

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Attendees all wrote down their #WhyIYoga reason and posted it to a visual mood board. “I especially loved watching them hang their #WhyIYoga mantra cards,” Hernandez says. “But even more so that most wanted to keep their cards for themselves.”

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Everyone was treated to a jam-packed Well+Good gift bag…

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

…and chocolate from Elements Truffles (sea salt and turmeric, rose and cardamom, and raspberry and beetroot, to be exact).

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

Readers hung out in the atrium post-workout to continue to soak up the day (basically, no one wanted to leave).

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Photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good

For real. Cheers to all the yogis who stretched it out!

CorePower Yoga is coming to New York City’s Upper West Side late this spring (get excited!). To learn more, go to corepoweryoga.com

Top photo: Barbara Corella for Well+Good