Ever since Yoga Vida shook up the Union Square yoga scene when it debuted last year with $10 classes, it’s been a favorite among frugal NYU students (who pay just $5) and the highly paid cast of the Gossip Girls (we’ve been waiting for the right moment to mention that!).
Even with a 65-mat capacity, it was starting to feel as packed as Elena Brower’s Saturday morning class.
“Like yoga, the purpose of the new Bond Street location was to create space—space for workshops, classes, lectures, and trainings,” says Patton. “It’s just another way to educate our students and expose them to some of the amazing instructors New York City attracts.”
Like Raghunath Cappo, whose learn-to-fly arm-balancing workshops are a favorite (tonight Thursday, July 14 and Thursday, July 21 at 6:15; $30 for one, or $50 for both). And renowned California-based yoga instructor Kyra Haglund, who’s made Yoga Vida her summer home, and is teaching several workshops over July, including yoga for detoxification (Thursday, July 28 at 6:15; $20).
Similarly, the new yoga teacher-training program roster draws from the Who’s Who of Yogis. Alanna Kaivalya, a Jivamukti-trained instructor who created Pure Yoga’s teacher program, is now spearheading Yoga Vida’s. The fall intensive will run on weekends (from September through December) and include specialty instruction from popular yogis like David Hollander and Adam Vitolo, as well as Yoga Vida instructors.
Because the training takes place over weekends—and is almost half the price of most other programs—Patton’s made it accessible to those who may want to teach or just fine-tune their practice with guidance from top-rung yogis.
With this line-up, this indie fave will be joining the yoga big leagues in no time. —Lisa Elaine Held