841 Broadway, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.734359 -73.991058
Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Downtown
Sangeeta is a true yogi – ok, so I've been going to Jivamukti for many years and I've tried many teachers. At first I was going to the most popular teachers who typically teach in the 5pm 6pm slots but these classes are overcrowded and there is also a bit of trendy so who's here attitude which I don't particularly enjoy. AsI was able to go during the week I discovered other teachers who are in my opinion much better. Sangueeta is by far my favorite, her energy is good and I feel that she is a true yogi by the peaceful energy she exudes. Her class form is great, not too soft and challenging enough which is good for everyone to follow. She is also very good at correcting poses. I've had other teachers who were a bit harsh when they corrected the poses. Sangueeta and her assistant (also a sweetheart and a very good yogi) only use a gentle push and you understand how to correct your pose. In that regards, the pose is suggested and not harshly pushed or pulled into. Sangeeta is the best in my opinion but remember that yoga is a very personal so try a few teacher until you find your own. The studio is large and clean and the cafe is absolutely delicious. The best vegetarian food I've ever had.
David and Sharron are celebrity contortionists. Their spiritual capacity is as devoid as the New World Order and to believe otherwise would be as much a contortion as one of their absurd poster shots. How sickening that they should fly to India, Nepal, or Tibet every week in pursuit of their 'spiritual practice' while darker skinned people starve on the very streets which they live and work. The only memorable scene from this place is the center's grossly overweight manager Carlos, looking absurd in designer Jivamukti brand tights, attempting some of the yoga postures while spouting the virtues of Castaneda's "Way of the Warrior".
Needs work at this price – Pros: Good teachers, challenging classes
Cons: Poor ventilation, extremely nasty women's changing room
Bad Hygiene! – I tried this because OM was closed and I had the worst experience for a week (I ended up buying a week's worth. My favorite class was the one taught by the woman who is also a lawyer and defendant of Native People. She was amazing! But otherwise the classes were too crowded and no one told you it was too full! My critique is most the DISGUSTING BATHROOMS! Okay, so they want to save money by not flushing but couldn't someone take care of the overflow of these "please don't flush bathrooms?" I have such a gross experience and I am completely traumatized. A yellow toilet overflowed and I ended up stepping on it. I got out to wash with soap (there was no soap!!!); I tried to look for something to wipe but there wasn't any toilet paper and there wasn't any napkins or towels! It was so gross because I couldn't stand on my mat to finish my class. I had to trek in germs on the yoga floor to go collect my things. The bathrooms are SO NASTY! I'd say stop running laundry machines and please let people flush, provide toilet paper and basic things like soap! DISGUSTING!!! I hate even writing that story because it makes my stomach sick from yoga in general. But man, even in Asia we flush our toilets and clean up after ourselves!!! Being Eco-Friendly is no excuse for being unhygienic and sloppy especially in an area that can spread germs pretty fast. For an expensive place it is just careless.
Overzealous preachers – Decided to write a review after seeing the below debate. I don't know anything about Cassandra and can't vouch for her either way, but my experience with teachers here is that they are are extremely preachy about veganism, lifestyles and politics and can border on the shrill. They can make a yoga class literally angry sounding instead of a haven away from all that. The flow is ok, but I think the sweat is due to overcrowding. I've been practicing over 15 years, and it's not a place where they give any attention to student's development- they are way too interested in preaching than pay attention to form. But this is NOT a welcoming place- I know a lot of people who have been insulted by staff and teachers there to the point where they refuse to go back. I also think it's funny the way they preach pro environment and then waste tons of water on washing machines instead of doing things by hand. This place basically needs its own ego check.
Cassandra is great – In response to the woman who was instulted that she had to use a mat....That is the rule at the studio. I don't see why you are angry at Cassandra. She didn't make that rule up. I've been taking Cassandra's classes for a few years and she is a great teacher and a very sweet woman. How unyogic of you to judge her. She never claims to be enlightened.....
Great School – In response to rkhona's review. I usually don't like responding to such nonsense but I find the school great and Cassandra an awesome yoga teacher (plenty of students will attest to that as well). I have been going there for about eight months and had a great experience at all her classes. Gimme a break she asked you to use a mat? I don't know maybe it's for your own safety? Maybe she does not want to see u get hurt? Anyway I would not want to be around you if your laundry machine broke.
THE WORST YOGA STUDIO EVER!!!! – first of all none of the classes were as challenging as they bill them to be.
second, cassandra might be the worst excuse for a yoga teacher i've ever encountered. i'm indian. i've been doing yoga since i was a teenager. so i do not need to rent a smelly mat that's never cleaned. so i use the floor. apparently that wasn't to cassandra's liking and she freaked out and told me i had to use one for legal reasons. that's a lie!!! a yoga teacher LIED in a yoga class!!! but not until after she told us some idiotic story about how she remained so zen and calm when she found out her laundry machine didn't work. really?!?! are you kidding me????
if you want to take class with a bunch of insipid hippies who want to pretend to be "enlightened" this is the place for you.
I heart Jivamukti – This is my favorite yoga studio. I have been to several others in the city and just keep returning to Jivamukti. The classes can be a bit crowded at times, but overall it is the best studio i have practiced at. There are plenty of classes so it is easy to fit into my schedule. Def. try it out, you won't be disappointed.
will get you in shape and thinking – i sought out jivamukti after not being able to improve my practice at other yoga studios in nyc. the teachers there talk a lot, but the things they tell you are valuable -- they will say that your asanas mean nothing if you don't also practice kindness and compassion outside the classroom, or they will tell you how important the deep breathing is to the practice, so that you'll actually start doing it. the suggestions i've gotten from the teachers there have only made me a better yoga student. i've kept going back because they have enough of a variety of teachers there to keep you challenged and getting better. all teachers, even the more laidback ones, keep you moving in that vinyasa "flow" style so your heart rate gets up and you keep concentrating on the asanas, not thinking about your day. and my practice has improved tremendously -- poses i couldn't do a year ago, i can do now. their rental mats are very clean and decent, if you go there regularly you always see someone in the laundry room. they have a full store of yoga books, clothes and organic beauty products on the side too. altogether a place that takes its yoga seriously and a place where if you keep going you will improve. true there are a couple teachers there who are a little too serious for my taste, but i've also seen that the more hardcore a class is, the more popular it is -- so i know i've found the right place!
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