Recently I had the opportunity to take a class at U Studios, a new yoga studio in the heart of Soho (they have other locations as well, check their website).. The recent trend with yoga studios has been to offer full service amenities with everything from eucalyptus soaked towels provided for hot yoga classes to bath products in the bathroom. But if your looking for affordable yoga without all the frills, you’ve found a home with U Studios. Their classes are $10 per class or $80 for one month unlimited membership (although you can get your first month for only $40!). Don’t worry, you are not sacrificing any quality for the price!
I did a gentle flow class. Although the class was deemed gentle, I still managed to work up a sweat. The class was about listening to your body and going into the full expression of the pose when it felt right for you. I loved that our instructor gave us “suggestions” for each pose rather than dictating how you should look in each posture. There were plenty of options, so if you felt comfortable in a pose and you wanted to go deeper you could but it was by no means required. There was no competitive atmosphere at U Studios. Everyone was there for their own practice. I especially loved the restorative poses we did at the end of class. I left feeling so peaceful and really connected to my body– like I had done something really good for it.
I don’t know about you but my yoga practice often consists of power yoga or more athletic styles designed to work up a sweat, burn calories and basically exercise. Everyone practices yoga for a different reason– stress relief, mind/body connection, relaxation, flexibility . . . I could go on and on. I liked how this gentle flow class forced me to take a step back from my regular practice habits and refocus on a different reason for practice. Readers, do you find yourself always doing the same type of yoga class?
In addition to gentle flow, U Studios offers vinyasa classes, hot yoga, Pilates and much more!
The studio is not a fancy full-service amenity studio but it has everything you need including well-kept mats and props, mat storage, cubbies for personal belongings, water, change rooms and bathrooms. The studio is large and spacious with some nice natural light. It is incredibly peaceful despite being only a few stories above bustling Canal Street.
If you are looking for some quality yoga at a great price, go to U Studios– your body and your wallet will thank you.
Readers, do you have a favorite yoga studio? What kind of yoga do you practice? Why do you practice yoga?
Sounds like a wonderful studio (and love the picture, so calming!). The classes I used to go to sound just like the one you describe. They are the ones I love. I find my center and my calm in yoga, so I don’t like the one-upness of certain classes. Gentle flow is the way to go!