12 St Marks Pl, 2nd Fl, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.732254 -73.987411
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Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
It made a Believer out of me – I was looking for a good place to start yoga and turns out I found a great one! Not only did I feel comfortable practicing there but was greeted amiably by the staff who made me feel right at home. The classes are really challenging while still offering something not too terribly intimidating for beginners. What they advertise is truly what they offer: a donation (without guilt or pressure) based studio with no rules, pre-conceived notions or dress code. I would highly highly recommend this studio to anyone and everyone interested in the practice of yoga.
Great yoga for a beginnier – If you are looking to get into yoga this is a great place to do it. It is by donation, so you can try it out and only donate if you have a good experience. The instructors work you hard, but anyone can do the class at their own pace and difficulty level. It is a really great workout and relaxing at the same time. They are also very supportive if you are starting out and cannot do every position. I also really love the music the play there and the vibe in general. My only recommendation is to get there early because the place fills up fast!
Awesome Yoga – Been coming here for about 2 years, and every class has been great. Yoga to the People is the best thing to happen to NYC since forever.
Great. Pure and simple. – I'd done yoga before, but it wasn't until my friend told me about yoga to the people that I finally realized what the hype was all about. I generally walk/talk/think fast, and everything is go, go go, run for the subway, sigh in frustration behind people that take too long at whatever they're doing, etc. But after that first yoga class, I emerged from the studio in a completely transformed, tranquil state. I didn't care about ANYTHING. I was totally lucid, but I walked without a care in the world, as slowly as I could possibly go. I had a million and half seemingly impossible things to do that night and that weekend, but after that class, I just knew that somehow, I'd get it done. I called a friend and left a message; my voice was soft, calm, smooth, as if urgency was a concept I'd never before encountered or recognized. As I got up from my seat to walk to the open doors at my subway stop, I realized I'd left my jacket on the seat. Normally I would've run to grab it, and run back out of the train, so I wouldn't waste time/lose my stuff. But that night, I turned around, calmly and slowly walked back to my seat, picked up my jacket and walked out on the platform. Passengers around me absolutely amazed.
I've been going to the studio every week for the past 6 months, no matter how busy/hectic my life is. It's not just because it's an amazing, sweat-drenching, stress-relieving, muscle toning workout, though it surely helps. It's mostly because during that hour, I get some me time. It's the one hour of the week where I can escape from my thoughts, focus on my breath and movement, and enjoy being there, in the moment. I go every week because when I come out from the studio, I feel like nothing is insurmountable.
The people are friendly, nonjudgmental, and definitely know what they're doing. The studio is run on donations and word of mouth and yet they're ALWAYS crowded (not a terrible thing at all, trust me). They must be doing something right.
The yoga here is what you make of it – I had the most magical experience at Yoga to the People last night (Monday 9pm class). It was truly therapeutic, energizing and surprising. People were bursting into spontaneous laughter and moans, and the whole room was filled with an energy of divine sharing. I have been going to Yoga to the People for over a year now, and I can honestly say that was the best practice ever. The guy next to me came out to the entire room during savasana which characterizes the liberating feeling of that practice!
Admittedly, this isn't the typical Yoga to the People experience. Some of my friends who have been there, say they get distracted by all of the moaning. Other friends say they don't like the intensity of the workout, and others say that they don't like the slightly competitive atmosphere created by all of the gorgeous semi-pro folks who go, but I think Yoga to the People is what you choose to make it. As long as you are committed to finding your own peace and dedicated to focusing on your own yoga practice, nothing beats Yoga to the People (or it's suggested-donation policy and ridiculously low prices)! Some days are better than others, but I always leave satisfied and like I'm in a slight meditative trance.
Whether you are a complete novice, like I was when I first started going, or a pro, there is something for everyone at this studio.
Advice: try to go at non-peak times to avoid the annoying NYU student crowd. Although perhaps I just notice them because I am an NYU student too. :)
I LOVE Yoga to the People!!!! – I think Yoga to the People is great! I don't have the budget to do yoga anywhere but Yoga to the People and I'm so thankful they are doing what they're doing!! With all the weight issues we got going on you think more people would be offering cheaper work-outs!!!
On a serious note, Yoga to the People rocks! The people are great. Of course it can get crowded, but they always seem to acomadate...and they do it with a smile!!
I wanted to like them, I really did. – I love the concept behind this place-- I mean, isn't this what yoga's about? I liked the vibe, the teacher was friendly, but the class itself left me feeling unsatisfied. Something about the way the sequences were put together didn't jive for me and leave me blissed out the way I normally would be after a great class. I asked a few acquaintances who had practiced there before and they said that it really depends on the teachers. They told me to practice with Greg (the owner) but the schedule doesn't say who's teaching in each time-slot. And when I asked other teachers they said they didn't know. So, unfortunately, I'm just not feeling the urge to go back. It's a shame-- I really wanted to like that center.
Individual Attention, Comprehensive and Beautiful Space – As a previous Bikram Yoga fan, I realized Hot yoga isn't exactly sustainable. The Vinyasa yoga taught here is a yoga I was able to practice on my own because the teachers pay so much attention to your progress. I absolutely love the hard core classes taught by the Owner (I think they are on Tuesdays and Thursdays). I have started going three times a week and I feel horrible if I don't. As a student, the classes are fairly cheap since they run on donation and it is up to you to decide what you can afford. I absolutely love the space, it is so relaxing. You must come and try a class to see for yourself, you only have so much to gain!
great. – I love it here. Very relaxed, professional, and totally affordable! It is recommended to donate $10, that's cheap for yoga in the city. Can be way too crowded at times, guess that's what happens when something is a good deal in the city.
LOVE IT HERE! – Started coming to this place a few months ago and love the instructors, style of teaching, relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and great workout. At the end of each class they read some sort of inspirational poetry or prose which is a really nice way to finish your workout! And workout it definitely is - be prepared to sweat!!
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