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YogaWorks Review and other stuff

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

Sorry no post last night, I got home at 8, had a paper due at midnight, and submitted it at 11:54PM, then I went to bed :)

This week is non-stop with lots of fun, but man I am already tired!

Sunday, I ended up taking a yoga class at the Yoga Room.  It was an Open Vinyasa class.  While it seemed to be a restorative class, which is probably just what I needed after the half, I was pretty bored.  However, I did the intro 3 classes for $30 special, so I am going to try to find something a little more “vigorous.”  Forunately, I received an email from the staff asking me if I had any questions, so I hope to hear back with some recommendations.  Otherwise, I will probably take the bikram classes I tried a while back.  I was very excited to get a key tag!  It makes it much easier to fake being a yogi when you can wave this around!

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Ashley went to the free yoga on the piers and said it was awesome.  While I was sorry to miss it, I had a great time with my staff, a lot of foodies, so we had a killer menu: asian glazed salmon, london broil, italian chicken, spinach feta chicken sausage, baked mac and cheese, crab, pumpkin, maple mascorpone risotto, salad, peanut butter rice krispie treat ice cream pie, moon cakes and strawberries. whew! Besides food we had a great game of bocce (we won) and celebrity (we lost). 

While I am on the topic of food, I want to highlight that this is the NYC Wine and Food Festival this weekend!  I wish I could attend the events look great!  There is even a food blogger lounge!

Also, tomorrow is the return of Raw Wednesdays!  YAY! I am actually going to Pure Food and Wine for dinner tonight!  hell to the yum.

So continuing on, yesterday, I started my day with a study/workout combo.  60 minutes on the elliptical while reading this:

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Notice the tabs?  I can’t hightlight on the machine, so I  just stic post its in where I found something interesting.  My favorite quote from yesterdays reading was:

“College is not a great athletic association and social club in which provision is made, merely incidentally, for intellectual activity on the part of the physically and socially unfit.” 1931, President of Univ. of Chicago.

Moving along, after work I headed to the roof top track just to loosen up my legs.  I did a 3 miles walk/jog on Sunday but it was mainly a walk, not a jog.  I knew during the half that I was trashing my quads by doing the down hills too fast, yup, I paid for it!  So anyways, I got to the track and there were at least 30 people from the track team there.  It was a little intimidating, but I decided to observe “real runners.” 

  • First, they did nothing for at least 10-15 minutes, just hung out, laughed.
  • Then they did about a million warm ups, low skipping, high skipping, legs swings, ab work.  But only a few people at a time, most people were still lounging around.
  • Then they did a few sprints-they are fast!
  • Then they did a ton of stretching and more ab work.

I am not sure if it was a practice, but there were gone before I finished my workout.  I did 3.1 miles, stopping between each mile (all around 9:25 min/miles) to stretch.  It felt pretty good.  It was my first run with orthotics, so far not bad.

After that I went to Yogaworks for a Sculptworks class. Try a free week, by registering here! I was eagerly anticipating this for a few reasons, one because i got to take it with Dori!  Two, because it sounded really cool.  Here’s the description:

 SculptWorks is a 60 minute workout designed to create a beautiful, toned, agile body.  SculptWorks helps to build, lengthen and stretch the muscles through resistance work integrating a “Great Yoga Wall” equipped with stretch bands to create resistance, providing a thorough workout that challenges both your muscles and your mind. The class incorporates familiar exercises such as squats, lunges and bicep curls often taught in sculpting classes, but with a new twist, using the Wall and in your bare feet.

I met Dori outside and we climbed the stairs up to the studio.  yogaworks

It was a gorgeous yoga space.  We were whisked away on a personal tour of the three large, serene studios, dark wood floors and large arched windows, very NYC. 

shopping_spotlight_5

Next we checked out the “women’s retreat” with complimentary lockers, showers, and several bathroom stall–rare in tiny ny yoga studios.

Elvis also showed us the “Tea Lounge” a nice space to enjoy free yogi tea or check your email on one of the two flat screen computers.  Sweet!

We learned that there are 93 classes a week at Yogaworks Soho.  As staff at NYU, my membership would cost only $75 a month.  Not bad! 

After the tour, we grabbed our mates (which i must mentioned were very plush and mint-scented) and headed to class.  It was a lyengar studio and it had a digital clock with a second counter, interesting.  The class was a combination of strength, dance and ballet.  I really enjoyed it, it was restorative, but never once boring.  We moved through arms, legs, butt and abs, and back through, never performing more than one set of each exercise, which is fabulous. 

The warm up was very much like a dance class warm up flowing isolations.  Then we used gliding discs for some legswork, lunges, plies, squats.

Next we attached resistance straps to the wall for arm work, which was done tilting forward.  I definitely got the best arm work I have had in a while, and I was happy the workout was lighter on my poor legs!

We then did a few more leg exercises, back to arms, and them moved to the floor for an abs series.

The abs work was challenging, but brief.  After one more leg exercise, we were onto a nice stretch.

The class flew by, in fact, I think I would even have like an hour and half of the class to really work the legs and abs a bit more.  But the music was great, I enjoyed the instructor, and I felt tranquil, yet stimulated at the same time.  I have a week on my free pass, so I am going to try to check out a few more classes, the BarWorks class also sounds cool–it incorporates yoga, ballet, and pilates!  I love love love all the dance elements of Sculptworks, so I am sure I will like it! Oh, and they played fun music too!

In terms of difficulty, Scultworks was not over-the-top intense like Physique 57 or Core Fusion Sport–in short, I didn’t feel like I deserved an award for completing it.  But is was fun and dynamic, kind of a gentler approach to strengthening and lengthening.

I really like that Yogaworks offers such a great variety of classes and I love a gorgeous studio, I hope to have time to review another class or two before the week is out!  Thanks Dori!

Okay, I have a few other things I was going to mention, but the post is long enough, until next time!

Sorry no post last night, I got home at 8, had a paper due at midnight, and submitted it at 11:54PM, then I went to bed :)

This week is non-stop with lots of fun, but man I am already tired!

Sunday, I ended up taking a yoga class at the Yoga Room.  It was an Open Vinyasa class.  While it seemed to be a restorative class, which is probably just what I needed after the half, I was pretty bored.  However, I did the intro 3 classes for $30 special, so I am going to try to find something a little more “vigorous.”  Forunately, I received an email from the staff asking me if I had any questions, so I hope to hear back with some recommendations.  Otherwise, I will probably take the bikram classes I tried a while back.  I was very excited to get a key tag!  It makes it much easier to fake being a yogi when you can wave this around!

blog 005

Ashley went to the free yoga on the piers and said it was awesome.  While I was sorry to miss it, I had a great time with my staff, a lot of foodies, so we had a killer menu: asian glazed salmon, london broil, italian chicken, spinach feta chicken sausage, baked mac and cheese, crab, pumpkin, maple mascorpone risotto, salad, peanut butter rice krispie treat ice cream pie, moon cakes and strawberries. whew! Besides food we had a great game of bocce (we won) and celebrity (we lost). 

While I am on the topic of food, I want to highlight that this is the NYC Wine and Food Festival this weekend!  I wish I could attend the events look great!  There is even a food blogger lounge!

Also, tomorrow is the return of Raw Wednesdays!  YAY! I am actually going to Pure Food and Wine for dinner tonight!  hell to the yum.

So continuing on, yesterday, I started my day with a study/workout combo.  60 minutes on the elliptical while reading this:

blog 003

Notice the tabs?  I can’t hightlight on the machine, so I  just stic post its in where I found something interesting.  My favorite quote from yesterdays reading was:

“College is not a great athletic association and social club in which provision is made, merely incidentally, for intellectual activity on the part of the physically and socially unfit.” 1931, President of Univ. of Chicago.

Moving along, after work I headed to the roof top track just to loosen up my legs.  I did a 3 miles walk/jog on Sunday but it was mainly a walk, not a jog.  I knew during the half that I was trashing my quads by doing the down hills too fast, yup, I paid for it!  So anyways, I got to the track and there were at least 30 people from the track team there.  It was a little intimidating, but I decided to observe “real runners.” 

  • First, they did nothing for at least 10-15 minutes, just hung out, laughed.
  • Then they did about a million warm ups, low skipping, high skipping, legs swings, ab work.  But only a few people at a time, most people were still lounging around.
  • Then they did a few sprints-they are fast!
  • Then they did a ton of stretching and more ab work.

I am not sure if it was a practice, but there were gone before I finished my workout.  I did 3.1 miles, stopping between each mile (all around 9:25 min/miles) to stretch.  It felt pretty good.  It was my first run with orthotics, so far not bad.

After that I went to Yogaworks for a Sculptworks class. Try a free week, by registering here! I was eagerly anticipating this for a few reasons, one because i got to take it with Dori!  Two, because it sounded really cool.  Here’s the description:

 SculptWorks is a 60 minute workout designed to create a beautiful, toned, agile body.  SculptWorks helps to build, lengthen and stretch the muscles through resistance work integrating a “Great Yoga Wall” equipped with stretch bands to create resistance, providing a thorough workout that challenges both your muscles and your mind. The class incorporates familiar exercises such as squats, lunges and bicep curls often taught in sculpting classes, but with a new twist, using the Wall and in your bare feet.

I met Dori outside and we climbed the stairs up to the studio.  yogaworks

It was a gorgeous yoga space.  We were whisked away on a personal tour of the three large, serene studios, dark wood floors and large arched windows, very NYC. 

shopping_spotlight_5

Next we checked out the “women’s retreat” with complimentary lockers, showers, and several bathroom stall–rare in tiny ny yoga studios.

Elvis also showed us the “Tea Lounge” a nice space to enjoy free yogi tea or check your email on one of the two flat screen computers.  Sweet!

We learned that there are 93 classes a week at Yogaworks Soho.  As staff at NYU, my membership would cost only $75 a month.  Not bad! 

After the tour, we grabbed our mates (which i must mentioned were very plush and mint-scented) and headed to class.  It was a lyengar studio and it had a digital clock with a second counter, interesting.  The class was a combination of strength, dance and ballet.  I really enjoyed it, it was restorative, but never once boring.  We moved through arms, legs, butt and abs, and back through, never performing more than one set of each exercise, which is fabulous. 

The warm up was very much like a dance class warm up flowing isolations.  Then we used gliding discs for some legswork, lunges, plies, squats.

Next we attached resistance straps to the wall for arm work, which was done tilting forward.  I definitely got the best arm work I have had in a while, and I was happy the workout was lighter on my poor legs!

We then did a few more leg exercises, back to arms, and them moved to the floor for an abs series.

The abs work was challenging, but brief.  After one more leg exercise, we were onto a nice stretch.

The class flew by, in fact, I think I would even have like an hour and half of the class to really work the legs and abs a bit more.  But the music was great, I enjoyed the instructor, and I felt tranquil, yet stimulated at the same time.  I have a week on my free pass, so I am going to try to check out a few more classes, the BarWorks class also sounds cool–it incorporates yoga, ballet, and pilates!  I love love love all the dance elements of Sculptworks, so I am sure I will like it! Oh, and they played fun music too!

In terms of difficulty, Scultworks was not over-the-top intense like Physique 57 or Core Fusion Sport–in short, I didn’t feel like I deserved an award for completing it.  But is was fun and dynamic, kind of a gentler approach to strengthening and lengthening.

I really like that Yogaworks offers such a great variety of classes and I love a gorgeous studio, I hope to have time to review another class or two before the week is out!  Thanks Dori!

Okay, I have a few other things I was going to mention, but the post is long enough, until next time!

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