Teaching IntenSati, the uber-popular martial arts-meets-cardio class, in the middle of Bryant Park tomorrow morning should pose no serious challenge for Natalia Petrzela. The IntenSati leader is used to sweaty crowds at her packed classes at Equinox.
Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the high-energy mind-body fitness class is free, thanks to the Bryant Park yoga program, no gym membership required.
For the rest of us, who don’t regularly power through the Warrior poses in public, what’s it like calling out the signature IntenSati affirmations like “Every day, in a very true way, I co-create my reality” in front of Conde Nast editors sipping their ice lattes and tourists snapping photos?
“I think it is harder in some ways to muster the courage to exercise—and call out affirmations!—in public,” admits Petrzela, pictured here in front of the Flatiron. “But once people do, they find how exhilarating it is to declare their highest intentions to the elements, rather than within a studio.” On the other hand, lack of mirrors tends to mean less self-consciousness, Petrzela notes, which fosters the inner-life or metaphysical goals of the workout.
Petrzela, who’s an IntenSati Premier Leader, meaning she’s at the top rung of her training, is also a Lululemon Ambassador, an athletic alliance that helps promote top teachers (and outfit them). Her class looks to be the only non-yoga program offered through Bryant Park Yoga and Lululemon this summer. So affirm your attendance, and see you in the morning at 10:00 a.m.
Bryant Park, Upper Terrace (directly behind the library); for more, information, view the event invitation.
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