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Two new New York City yoga studios


Dharma Mittra
Dharma Mittra (photo: Dharma Yoga Center)

One thing New York City doesn’t want for in this economic slump? Yoga studios. And yet more are popping up all over town.

The Dharma Yoga Center, led by the legendary Dharma Mittra, opened a new west-side location at the end of 2010, and Yo Yoga!, debuted on the east side overlooking the Queensboro Bridge this week.

“Small businesses contribute to recovery, and we’re contributing in a way that is affordable and respects our students’ own financial situation,” say Rebecca and Kennedy Weible, Yo Yoga’s owners, who charge just $12 per 60-minute class. “We want yoga to be affordable and accessible, because we believe in the practice.”

Here are the quick and dirty details you’ll need for a trial trikonasana at these new New York yoga studios:

Yo Yoga!
Vibe: “Our students will feel they are a part of a studio that takes yoga seriously without taking itself too seriously.”
Classes: About 90 percent open-level vinyasa, a few Power Yoga, and one candle-lit donation class per week
Location: 344 E. 59th Street, 3rd Floor, between 1st and 2nd Avenues
Price: $12 per class, $50 for 5, $90 for 10, or $100 unlimited monthly
Perk: Other than being super affordable, Yo Yoga! will offer outdoor classes on their 1.300-sq-ft roof deck as soon as the city thaws out. www.yoyoganyc.com

Dharma Yoga West
Vibe: “Dharma began disseminating his knowledge before ‘styles’ of yoga became popular and has remained truthful to the original classical practice.”
Classes: Master class, Maha Shakti, Psychic Development, Dharma Rehab, Dharma Gentle, Deep Healing Relaxation, and more
Location: 61 West 23rd St., 6th Floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues
Price: $20 per class or $30 per master class. 1 month unlimited for $299
Perk: Learn from a master who has been practicing yoga for 50-plus years. www.dharmayogacenter.com