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Maybe the fact that it is housed in a refurbished chocolate factory is what inspired the popular chocolate massage. But whether or not that was the case, the fact remains that Body by Brooklyn offers some truly delectable treatments, guaranteed to rejuvenate even the most stressed-out of people. You can luxuriate in one of their ten rooms, enjoying various massages and body treatments. You can also enjoy the invigorating experience of lazing around in the Wet Lounge, with its Swedish and Russian saunas, Hammam, cold plunge pool and hot tub. If you want to do all this in the utmost privacy, you can opt for the VIP suite. Complete the day with a signature cocktail from the lounge.
The Cobra Club is a community center that helps develop children and adults alike. Providing classes for fitness and training on various aspects, this club has enhanced ways of making lives of the people better. There are classes available for swimming, singing, playing musical instruments, dancing, ballet and yoga. They serve coffee in the morning to help invigorate the body to the fitness regime. Throughout the day, there are small snacks, cocktails, beer and shots available. During the night, this venue becomes a nightclub that features DJ's, karaoke, trivia, dance nights, live bands and movie nights.
Yoga to the People firmly believes in its philosophy of making yoga accessible to everyone. Anybody, from a beginner to an advanced practitioner, can walk in for a session. Classes are donation based with no fixed fees except a mat rental and water fee, but there is suggested donation amount. Located in the East Village, the studio conducts Power Vinyasa Flow classes, a system of Vinyasa yoga. Sessions remain the same for all and practitioners are encouraged to progress according to their own level of fitness. With this decidedly different philosophy and method to imparting yoga, the studio has earned quite a good reputation in the city.
Reflections, Center for Conscious Living & Yoga is located in the quaint neighborhood of Kip’s Bay. The studio offers courses for professional training in yoga as well as regular classes to students looking for yoga and meditation as a way for fitness and life. They also venture into training young minds with lessons in music, dance, and soccer. Their spacious studios are well lit and have minimalist furnishing with wooden-panel flooring and plain walls. The venue is also available for community rentals for conducting workshops or private events.
An eclectic community center in Union Square, The Three Jewels is a delightful center for meditation, yoga and Buddhism in the city. The Tibetan outreach center has its primary focus on awareness about Buddhism through its various programs. Offered here are a host of formal courses in Buddhism designed by the Asian Classics Institute. The weekly meditation sessions conducted by trained practitioners offer a highly spiritual experience. In addition to this, the center offers Tibetan Heart Yoga, a form of yoga developed with Buddhist traditions by the Dalai Lamas of Tibet. The library within the center offers a wealth of information on Buddhism. Drop-in for a decidedly different yoga experience or if you're simply interested in Buddhism.
Great Jones Spa is the only spa in New York to feature a water lounge. The Wet Lounge, as it is called, uses water based therapies that will surely de-stress and soothe you more than any spa therapy. Their various specialty treatments are an excellent way to detoxify as well as relax. Clients are left with this one-of-a-kind experience of tranquility and peace. The three-story waterfall enhances the serene and calm ambiance. The spa also offers services beyond beauty treatments. It focuses on the whole well-being. Services like Reiki and crystal healing therapy are also available. The hair salon hours differ from spa hours, please check the website for the same.
The thought that yoga cannot be practiced in a busy and bustling city like New York is a myth! Yoga Vida is a perfect destination for anyone looking to take a step into the healthy world. Providing pioneering classes, retreats, workshops and training programs for anyone and everyone interested in yoga, New York Magazine applauded Yoga Vida with the “Best Yoga 2012″ crown. The calm, welcoming environment and the fun, involving classes here, make Yoga Vida a perfect choice for most fitness lovers. The fees are pretty affordable and flexing your body here won't make a hole in your pocket.
The Shala was founded by Kristin Leigh and Barbara Verrochi, dedicated yoga practitioners and acclaimed teachers who've trained under Sri K Pattabhi Jois, a renowned Ashtanga yoga practitioner. The studio features a host of classes and sessions in Ashtanga yoga as well as Vinyasa yoga. Apart from yoga itself, there are a number of other events and workshops, from meditations to kirtans, organized regularly in the studio. For those who wish to impart the benefits of yoga, there is teacher training program as well with the founders as well as a host of guest teachers to guide you.