Fit and fabulous ways to ring in the New Year

Yoga and fitness studios all over New York are hosting healthy alternatives to cork-popping revelry—and the lazy, bloated, hung-over day that follows.
Central Park NYE Run 2013If you’re over the cork-popping and ball-dropping that comes with a traditional New Year’s Eve (and the bloated, headache-filled day that follows), don’t worry: You can pop open a bottle of water and lift some free-weights instead. Yoga and fitness studios all over town are offering healthy alternatives to drunken New Year’s revelry.

More good news: None of them comes close to costing what the Meatpacking clubs and city restaurants will want from your wallet. Here are some of the fabulous ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve on a healthy note, and, on the next page, special sweat sessions on New Year’s Day.


NYRR Midnight Run Presented by Emerald Nuts
The 4-mile run kicks off at the cusp of 2014, but the fun starts way before. With a costume parade and fireworks beginning at 10:00 p.m., you’ll cap off December on the right foot and run into the New Year right. Events begin 10:00 p.m., race begins 11:59 p.m., $55 for members, $60 for non-members ($60/$65 on race day),

New Year’s Eve Viracity at Virayoga
Kick off the New Year with Vanessa Spina as she leads a 3-hour fun-filled class full of “intoxicating yoga,” open to all levels. 1:00 p.m., $40,

sacred_yogaCamel Pose at Midnight at Sacred Brooklyn
Rachel Costello is teaching a “hot, crazy”, New Year’s Eve class at Sacred in Clinton Hill that promises to be a fab, super-festive night in Brooklyn, 10:30–midnight, $25,

Brooklyn’s New Year’s Eve 5K
The sparkling cider, hot coco, and midnight fireworks in your running shoes make this a totally fun way to celebrate ’14 in Prospect Park. 11:15 p.m., $25 through 12/23, $30 from 12/24 to 12/30, $40 race day,

Lyon’s Den Power Yoga
Celebrate New Year’s at one of the city’s hottest (and hot) studios. The 90-minute power yoga class includes a mediation and Vinyasa flow, followed by fresh Lulitonix and champagne cocktails. 10:00 p.m.–midnight $24,

New Year’s Eve at Reflections 
Join Paula Tursi in a gentle, connective yoga session followed by mediation and chanting to hone in that positive energy. The class ends off with Kirtan led by Janet and Martin Butler. The fee includes a CD, some light snacks, and most importantly some champagne to toast to 2014. 8:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m., $50,

Jivamukti Yoga New Year’s Celebration with Sharon Gannon and David Life
This evening-long event begins with mauna (or, silent reflection, which is open to the public), then flows into a class with the renowned Jivamukti founders, followed by a delicious vegan dinner, is capped off with a special New Year message. 5:00 p.m., $99, includes class and dinner,

New Year’s Eve Spirit Dive with DJ Bryan Black
Mary Dana Abbott leads this 2-hour energy-packed session of ecstatic yoga, DJ’d music, and double-bonus: cake and kombucha. Who doesn’t love that?  10:00 p.m.–midnight, $45

Time’s Up New Years Eve Ride
Bike or skate your way to Belvedere Castle in Central Park, where a crazy-fun outdoor dance party awaits. Check out the pick-up points on their website to find the best place to jump in. 10:00 p.m., free.

Warm Candlelight Vinyasa Flow at The Yoga Room
The annual NYE celebration with Sigrid begins in one year and ends in the next, which makes it feel even more reflective and peaceful. It’s a quick-seller, so book your spot ASAP if you want in. 11:15 p.m.-1:15 a.m., $25 before 12/28, $40 after,

Keep reading for sweat sessions on New Year’s Day…

(Photos: NYRR Midnight Run in Central Park; Sacred Brooklyn’s Camel Pose at Midnight)


Get Started

These are just a fraction of the fitness offerings on New Year’s Day. Check your favorite studio’s schedule, since many are adding special classes this week.

New Year’s Fitness Fair at JCC in Manhattan
This annual event is a day full of fitness-centric fun. Bring the kids for family yoga, or do some zumba, cycling, or mediation. Chat with nutritionists and personal trainers, and enjoy giveaways and cooking demonstrations throughout the day. 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Free, Pre-registration recommended but walk-ins are welcome,

108 Sun Salutations for Gratitude at Sacred Brooklyn
On this journey through 108 sun salutations to express gratitude, you’ll work to release whatever has been holding you back, and take 2014 head on. Proceeds go to the Prison Yoga Project. 2:00–4:00 p.m., Visit

New Year’s Evolution 2014 at Pure Yoga
This 2-hour workshop with Kay Kay Clivio includes everything you need to set your intentions for the New Year. Guided writing exercises, vinyasa practice and meditation will leave you with a new sense of clarity. 1:00–3:00 p.m., $35 for members, $45 for non-members,

90-Minute Boot Camp in Central Park with Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp
Lace up your sneakers and wring out the Champagne with this special session in Central Park. The kick-ass workout will use stairs, benches, and resistance bands to start the year with a jacked metabolism. 10:00 a.m.,

New Year’s REMIXED Dance Spinning Party at Harbor Fitness in Park Slope
Keep the party going in Brooklyn! Saddle up and celebrate 10:30 a.m.,

New Year’s Day Viracity: Inhale & Inspire at Virayoga
Breathe in the New Year to awaken your creativity and intentions with Cat McCarthy in this 3-hour session.
1:00–4:00 p.m., 

New Year’s Day Open Flow and Yoga Nidra at Yoga Union
Yoga teacher’s teacher Alison West leads a one 1-hour yoga flow class, followed by Yoga Nidra, a special intention setting session and a deep savasana. 2:00–3:45 p.m.,

Are we missing any amazing workouts? Add them to the Comments, below!

(Photos: New Year’s Day Viracity: Inhale & Inspire at Virayoga)


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