While life post-Sandy has returned to relative normalcy for many New Yorkers, parts of the city and an overwhelming number of residents are still very much in need. Yoga and fitness studios all over New York are continuing to offer benefit classes and collect donations for hurricane relief funds.
Read on for classes that allow you to give back while working out:
Join Broadway Dance Center for a week of benefit classes with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Donations will also be collected at the front desk and new or gently used warm clothing will be accepted through November 15. November 11–18, $15, www.broadwaydancecenter.com
The Yoga Room is hosting a donation drive at both its Astoria and Long Island City locations, accepting flashlights, batteries, socks, gloves, latex gloves, gently used baby coats, sleeping bags, blankets and canned food. Monetary donations will not be taken. November 8–11, www.theyogaroom.com
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Equinox hosts Show Your Strength Saturday, a series of donation-based classes led by star teachers for members and their guests at all locations. Think Powerstrike with Ilaria Montagnani and yoga with Patricia Moreno. The company will also be selling specially-designed “Strength” tees at the club’s shops, and 100 percent of proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Various locations, $100 minimum donation. Full list of classes and times at www.equinox.com
Another participant in Show Your Strength Saturday for the American Red Cross, Pure Yoga (Upper West Side) offers an open level Vinyasa class to members and a guest. The limited edition tee will be offered to attendees. 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., $50 suggested donation, $85 for the class and t-shirt, www.pureyoga.com
Trainer Prince Brathwaite’s will donate all proceeds from his Trooper Fitness Bootcamp at the East River Running Track to hurricane relief. 9:00 a.m., $20, www.facebook.com
YogaWorks hosts a Flow & Surrender class with Lisa Zaloga and Jeanmarie Paolillo at its Westside location and an Urban Zen class with Kirtan Smith and integrative therapists at its SoHo studio. Donations of warm coats will be accepted. Westside will also be accepting cleaning supplies, gloves and hats. 4:30–6:30pm at Westside and 5:30–7:00pm at Soho, $20 suggested donation, www.yogaworks.com
Visit Exhale for special yoga classes with proceeds going to the American Red Cross. 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. at Upper East Side, 2:00–3:00 p.m. at Meatpacking, 2:15–3:15 p.m. at Midtown, 3:15–4:15 at Gramercy, $25 minimum donation, www.exhalespa.com
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
The famed spin-studio SoulCycle presents SoulCycle Ride for Sandy at its Tribeca studio (which suffered severe Sandy damage) with an all-star line-up that includes Janet Fitzgerald, Laurie Cole, Sue Molnar, Kym Perfetto, Melanie Griffith, Jenny Gaither, Jolie Walsh, and Ben Turshen. 6:00–7:00 p.m., $1,500 (front and center spot and Soul Tee included), $500, and $250 bikes, www.soulforsandy.com
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Alignyo hosts four classes with celeb instructors like Kristin Mcgee and Tara Stiles at Skylight West on West 36th Street. The event will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. 10–11 a.m., 12:30–1:30 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m., 7:00–8:30 p.m., $30, www.eventbrite.com
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