This New Year’s, renowned yogi Dana Flynn will toast to a finally realized resolution she made long ago: to open a second New York City studio—in Brooklyn.
“Brooklyn yogis have been coming to Lotus with enthusiasm for years saying, ‘When are you gonna open up in Brooklyn?'” she says. “And believe me I looked and looked and looked for over two years, from Fort Greene to Gowanus.”
The space that finally clicked and will open in January is on Broadway in South Williamsburg, steps from Peter Luger (“They better get ready to add a veggie plate!” she says) and the JMZ line, with views of the Williamsburg Bridge and the Empire State Building from the mat.
“It just feels so new and alive and popping with possibility,” says Flynn, who lived in Brooklyn more than 3o years ago as a 22-year-old stockbroker.
She’s infusing that sense of excitement into the space by expanding on the “dance hall” concept she introduced to Laughing Lotus Manhattan not long ago (glitter bar included). “It’s going to have a big focus on music and kirtan and dancing,” she says, starting with “House Parties” every Friday night hosted by top teachers, with an array of different music/dance themes. Think Roots & Reggae with Faith Hunter, Hip Hop Don’t Stop with Ali Kramer, and Lotus Rocks with Mary Dana Abbott.
Oh right, and yoga. The third-floor studio will house two practice rooms, one that fits about 50 mats and a smaller for about 25. Flynn’s already commissioned graffiti artists to create colorful murals on the walls, including a Brooklynized Ganesha and a unicorn (surely not the yoga world’s first?), and she’s working on more.
“Everybody’s really excited we’re coming to Brooklyn,” says Flynn, and if you heard the enthusiasm in her voice, you’d really believe it. —Lisa Elaine Held