New York

Cyndi Lee's yoga and book release party

Local Events - NYC

Mavens of the New York yoga scene, Cyndi Lee and Dana Flynn, come together to host the launch party of Cyndi’s new book, May I Be Happy, at Laughing Lotus. Taking place on Friday, January 25, the event includes a book reading, signing and an Om yoga class. We love seeing bastions of the yoga community support each other.

Bent on Learning Gala

Local Events - NYC

Support Bent on Learning, which helps inner city kids find inner peace, by attending its annual Inspire! Gala on Tuesday, January 29 at Christie’s. The rescheduled event (originally scheduled for the Fall but postponed due to Sandy) is a celebration of inspirational activism, honoring the David Lynch Foundation and Eddie Stern. Honorary co-chairs of the event are Donna Karan and Gwyneth Paltrow. 

Free healthy smoothie workshop at Athleta UWS

Local Events - NYC

January is packed with special events and classes at Athleta on the Upper West Side. Along with plenty of yoga and fitness classes, the most delicious of their events is a Healthy Smoothie Workshop hosted by Anita Mirchandani, co-founder of FitMapped. This free workshop is on January 27 and runs from 9:30-10:30am. Squeeze in a class beforehand and re-fuel with the fruits of your workshopping labor.

Free yoga at lululemon Soho led by Virayoga teachers

Local Events - NYC

lululemon Soho is offering free classes to the community every Sunday morning in their store at 481 Broadway. January’s studio of the month is Virayoga, featuring classes with Glenna Bedoya, Sara Auster, and Hannah Gruber. Classes start at 9:30 and there’s no need to bring a mat, lululemon’s got you covered.

New juice bar in the East Village: Gingersnap's Organic


Next time you’re in the East Village, stop by Gingersnap’s Organic: a raw, gluten free juice bar and café, just a few blocks from Ashtanga Yoga Shala and Yoga to the People. GO’s community-driven atmosphere is a perfect stop for a post-yoga pit stop, or a cozy place to chill and catch up with yoga buddies. Open until midnight, with ample seating and plenty of power outlets and extra chargers for smart phones and laptop, this is a lovely little oasis right off of Thompkins Square Park.

Advanced Forrest Yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest at Pure Yoga

Teacher Training

In a teaching rut and looking for inspiration? Spend nine days with Ana Forrest at Pure Yoga for the Forrest Yoga Advanced teacher training. From January 31-February 8, 2013, experienced teachers will participate in meditation and intensive asana practice with Ana while learning how to teach intermediate and advanced poses and proper modifications for injuries.

Free class at Pure Yoga UWS for alignyo readers


You know what’s great for beating the winter blues? Yoga. And thankfully, Pure Yoga UWS is opening its doors to alignyo readers for a free visit. All you need to do is send Pure an email here and tell 'em alignyo sent you for your free pass. 

Free meditation classes at Studio Anya

Local Events - NYC by Allison Richard

Studio Anya in Chelsea is offering a free meditation series every Thursday through the end of January. Classes are held in the evenings from 8:15-9pm and are led by Johnson Anand S. Chong. Check out the schedule and reserve your spot. 

Class deals and steals at Sonic Yoga


Never been to Sonic Yoga? Mention alignyo at the Hell's Kitchen studio and get three yoga classes for just $25. View the class schedule here and check out all our Sonic Yoga news and class reviews here

Reflections Yoga urban silent retreat

Local Events - NYC by Allison Richard

Love the idea of a retreat, but don’t have the time or money to leave the city after splurging on your loved ones this past holiday season? Reflections Yoga offers all the benefits of a silent retreat in the middle of midtown. On January 5th and 6th from 8am-5pm, they’ll be hosting a days worth of activities from writing meditations to mindful meals and various yoga practices including silent yoga, Kundalini and Restorative. Pay $175 for both days or $100 for one day.