In downtown Manhattan, yoga studios are almost as abundant as Starbucks. Even as this "yoga culture" becomes more and more popular, there are still plenty of people who think yoga is just not for them. Perhaps this is because they think they aren't flexible, or they think it seems too hard or too boring?
This is a shame, because everyone can benefit from this popular form of exercise. Everyone can use more flexibility, a greater sense of peace and well-being, a stronger and leaner body, stronger immune system, and an easier time falling asleep at night. And you certainly don’t have to give up cheeseburgers to attend yoga.
For people who are still feeling a little intimidated about walking into a yoga studio, check out Yoga for the Average Joe at Tribeca Health and Fitness! The class is catered to people who are more inclined to lift weights or drink beer and channel surf than to do a headstand. Quieting the mind for a whole hour and going into bendy poses can seem off-putting for some, but Tribeca’s class provides good humor and good music, with yoga poses snuck in between. The goal is to leave feeling better than when you walked in the door!
The classes are $15 for a single and $130 for a 10-class pass. If you mention Nearsay, get your first class free!
Jessa Messina, who is currently a personal trainer and one-on-one yoga instructor at Equinox, teaches the class. She has taught at the FSU gym to the FSU football team, at Gold’s Gym, and other private gyms and studios. She was also recently featured in Esquire magazine! To learn more about Messina, click here.