High above the hustle, bustle, and aromas of Chinatown’s Chrystie Street, an urban oasis known as Sky Ting Yoga has taken shape, officially opening for classes on Friday, July 10.
Sky Ting, which roughly translates in Chinese to a “heavenly sky space,” is just that: an airy, light-filled studio in the sky (four stories up!) with minimalist design details and young, fashionable founders set on creating a sense of community.
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“A lot of times with yoga, especially in New York City, people go to class and leave,” says Krissy Jones, who met her best friend and business partner Chloe Kernaghan teaching at Yoga Vida. (Both are willowy and blonde, and Vogue recently christened Jones as fashion’s favorite yoga instructor.) “We really wanted to foster a community where people are welcome to hang out and feel comfortable—like any bar or restaurant you like going to.”
And in fact, the studio has the same California-cool vibe and trendy clientele as nearby Dimes, a favorite restaurant of Jones and Kernaghan, which will start selling light bites at Sky Ting Yoga next month.
The space, which is a duplex with the studio on the top floor, was designed by artist Nick Poe, and there are no altars, Buddhas, or wall hangings, just a giraffe that sits at the front of the studio (which has no major significance other than that Jones and Kernaghan liked it).
A retail area by the entrance sells Live The Process, Nike (Jones is a Nike trainer), Calvin Klein activewear, and Benshen natural beauty products, and the yoga mats used in class are printed with a design by Katonah Yoga founder Nevine Michaan.
The connection to Katonah is not accidental. Jones and Kernaghan’s teaching style is heavily influenced by that studio’s method, which is a mixture of Taoist thought and classical yoga. “We’re not putting ourselves into a specific mold, though,” Jones says, explaining that the studio takes a more modern than traditional approach overall and that instructors—who come from institutions like Yoga Shanti, Yoga Vida, and the retreat company Yoga For Bad People—are given free reign to express their own styles in individual classes.
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All this is to say, Jones and Kernaghan might want to be careful for what they wish for: yogis may roll out their mats and never leave. —Jamie McKillop
Sky Ting Yoga, $20 per class, 55 Chrystie St., at Canal St., Chinatown, New York, NY, 10002, (212) 203-5786, skytingyoga.com
(Top Photo: Sky Ting Yoga)
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