In a nondescript townhouse on a pretty, tree-lined street in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, you’ll find, unexpectedly, one of the hottest new wellness spots in the city: Brooklyn Yoga Club. Open since January, the studio-meets-social club hybrid was founded by yoga teacher Eddie Stern (whose cult following includes devotees like Gwyneth Paltrow) and his wife Jocelyne after they lost the lease on their longtime Soho space.
Now, it has become something of a clubhouse for the influential yogi’s students (including Alice+Olivia’s Stacey Bendet and Anna Dello Russo) to hang out post-practice—echoing Los Angeles’ all-in-one wellness oasis trend in NYC (along with Brooklyn’s Maha Rose and CityWell).
What’s so great about it? Well, for starters, there’s the industrial-cool ground-level yoga room with concrete floors and a bright skylight—where students come for their independent Mysore-style Ashtanga practice as well as for classes led by instructors.
But that’s not all you’ll find at BYC. Adjacent to the yoga room, Stern is building out a peaceful meditation chamber for students to use anytime they crave a quiet sit. Next to that, a brand-new steam room, which is free for anyone to use with the purchase of a class. Upstairs, there’s a bright kitchen and dining table where students gather after class to sip chai and indulge in fiery detoxing ginger shots.
There’s also an airy back patio to lounge on while you enjoy your tea. And another floor up, there’s a co-working space as well as a bed & breakfast-style room available for visiting students to rent out and a kitchen where Stern and other pros teach a series of cooking classes. The one place you can’t explore? The top floor—that’s where Stern and his wife actually rest their heads when they’re not mid-savasana.
“So many spaces like WeWork or Google offer yoga and meditation as an added perk for their community,” Stern says. “We wanted to see what would happen if we made yoga and meditation the center of the community, and offered all these other things as extras for our group.”
And, of course, these so-called extras are awesome happenings in their own right. There are sound baths (“you just come and lay on the floor and let the sound roll over you,” Stern explains); classes in Ayurveda and its philosophical arm, Vedanta; cooking workshops (like at-home macrobiotic or DIY fermentation); and political discussions. Stern also leads a “bring your own book club” where participants are invited to sit out on the back patio and read for an hour or two and then come together and share a bit about what they read.
Up next, BYC plans to launch a Beginner’s Series in May and add more teacher-led classes to the schedule. They have an Ayurveda, yoga, Jyotisha and Vedanta three-day workshop going on in May as well as a men’s health retreat that will involve physical practice, lectures, and cooking classes.
From Stern’s point of view, everything from cooking to mental well being is, like yoga, a practice. His goal? To help practitioners improve in all aspects of their life. “When you come here, we don’t care how much you know about meditation or what you look like in yoga class,” says Stern. “As long as you leave feeling good.”
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