Yoga Vida’s Noho studio is spacious and clean. And with more space (there are three practice rooms) comes more classes. On average, there are 11 classes daily from 7:30am to 8pm, so you’re bound to find a time that works for your schedule. The instructor roster is top notch and they know their stuff. The best part about this location? They offer heated flow! Woot woot.
This location offers both regular and heated classes. We took the latter—more specifically, a heated open-level vinyasa flow. The room was heated to a warm, but by no means sweltering, 80-90 degrees. YV uses infrared radiant panels to heat the room, which is different from traditional hot or Bikram yoga, and is more therapeutic and offers a ton of health benefits (Y7 also uses infrared). That class was 65 minutes of SWEATY vinyasa flow—replete with the expected sun salutations, warriors (I and II), boat pose and savasana.
Having studied at both the Jivamukti Yoga School and Ashtanga Yoga NYC, Jeffrey’s teaching and class style were both powerful and challenging—the class was fast-paced with a mix of Ashtanga sequences. For each pose, he explained and demonstrated the basic version as well as some optional variations—meaning that, whether this is the beginning of your yoga journey or you’ve been practicing for a decade or two, you’ll find your stride – err flow – in his class. But what stands out most for us about Jeffrey’s class, and more specifically his instructor style, is that he was super hands-on! Students looking for personal attention and hands-on adjustments: this is definitely the teacher for you. He quite literally pushed us to go deeper in our practice.
While 99 University may be the OG, the Yoga Vida’s second location is bigger and newer. Simply put: it feels new and well-designed. There are three practice studios—two heated and one regular (each with cubbies to store personal belongings)—as well as space to store your sneaks and hang your coats, men’s and women’s restrooms and changing rooms, mat storage and a seating area in the back. You can rent mats and towels and purchase water and Yoga Vida apparel at the front desk.
666 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 NoHo Yoga $$
Yoga Vida NoHo
NoHo Yoga, $$
666 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
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Fitness fans, this is the heated flow for you! Will’s style is fast-paced and athletic. Class started off with some yogi breathing, where he instructed us to draw our attention inward and refocus our energies on our practice. This was followed by some intense core work (BTW, our abs were pretty sore the next day). His energy was positive and encouraging. He took us through a series of super sweaty sequences, and pushed us to test our limits and discover deeper moments in each posture.
Kat is positive, warm, and funny, and doesn’t take herself too seriously (and we mean that in the best possible way). Her class had a lightheartedness and a playfulness to it. This isn’t to say that you won’t get a great workout, because you will! She encouraged us to try new things, like sun salutations with a pair of blocks—it was a legit game-changer. She took us through a series of poses, flowing from one movement to the next and, towards the end of class, we played with a few new variations. Class flew by, and the next thing we knew, Kat was instructing us to lay on our backs in preparation for savasana. We had totally lost ourselves in our practice—and that is the mark of a terrific teacher.