I’m looking to escape the city and have a weekend (or more) of wellness. Do you recommend any yoga retreats that are easily accessible by train (amtrak/metronorth/etc.?) Thanks!
Dear “Yoga Escape”,
Take 10 days off and head up to the Berkshires for a FREE Vipassana Yoga experience. Food and lodging are free, paid for by unsolicited donations by students who have participated. Volunteers feed you and silently help you around. See, you won’t be talking. Or doing yoga, per se. Or texting or writing in your dream journal. Vipassana is a regimented practice of early rising, simple vegetarian meals, and days spent sitting, standing, and walking in silence (for more info and to sign up, visit Dhamma.org).
Full disclosure: while I have practiced the technique in shorter intervals, I have never been able to successfully schedule a retreat. Best to do so 6 months in advance, particularly if you’re a woman. Men can often get a reservation with shorter notice. There are Vipassana locations worldwide offering the same 10 day format. After participating once, you can attend again as a participant or a volunteer, cooking meals, attending to students and chatting. Eventually you can build to 30 day practices.
goodyoga owners Flannery & Ray are so zen that while you were doing your goodflow you probably didn’t notice there was an annoying landlord dispute happening at the Calyer St space. They are putting all that bad energy behind them and have moved into a brand spanking new space at 114 Greenpoint Ave and are hosting classes at The Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave) in Williamsburg! And there is talks of a sauna!!!
“I want everyone in the world to do yoga!” goodyoga owner Flannery Foster said as we enjoyed cupcakes at Ovenly along with her partner and goodyoga co-owner Ray Gonzales. With plans to franchise you may see more goodyoga studios opening up locally, and perhaps nationally and maybe even internationally if Flannery has her way. Continue reading →
Building a solid network of local and like minded professionals in your field is the only way to achieve your A game, refresh your perspective, brainstorm new ideas, feel part of a community and make some new friends. Throw some cocktails and snacks into the mix and it’s a party!
FitDrinks by Body Local is a monthly networking/cocktail party that aims to build a community of fitness and wellness professionals who want to re-define the detox-retox-redux.
If you are a personal trainer, yoga teacher, massage therapist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, running coach, holistic health counselor, physical therapist, etc. or a fitness and wellness enthusiast, please come to tomorrow’s important and really fun event.
FitDrinks Brooklyn is taking place Thursday, June 6th, 2013 from 8-10pm at Awakening (607 Manhattan Ave.)
Are you stressed? Not feeling or looking your best? Bored of your old workout routine? Need to improve your diet? We have partnered with some of our favorite local fitness and wellness experts to bring to you our Spring Wellness Guide. It is packed with information, local fitness events, wellness tips, PLUS special Greenpointers discounts to help you get on your way to feeling your best this season!Sparrow Bk (95 Norman Ave)
About: Sparrow is an intersection of health, beauty, art, nature, and good old Brooklyn magic. Massage therapist and Reiki wizard, Ariel Sheldon teamed forces with Caroline Bach hairstylist, colorist and beauty maven to create Sparrow; a place of health and good grooming. Nestled steps away from the subway, this charming Greenpoint space offers a naturally relaxed and genuinely inspired experience.
Greenpointers Discount: Mention Greenpointers for 20% off your first session with each Massage Therapist.
“All of our massage therapists are trained to not only relax your body and transport your soul, but also to address any injuries, misalignments, or areas of chronic pain. We go a step beyond the common spa experience to help truly heal your body.”
Wellness Tip #1: Since most of us spend over 8 hours a day sitting a desk, your workspace is the first place to look in avoiding back pain. Most desks are made too high for the average person. You should be able to sit up straight, fully relax your shoulders, and still have a slight downward slope from your elbow crease to your wrists. Ergonomically we were made to work with our hands in our laps, so raise up your chair, and put something under your feet to relieve strain on your shoulders and your wrists.
Wellness Tip #2: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has become increasingly common, and most people worry about “contracting it.” There are a lot of misconceptions about what exactly it is, and what treatments are available. The Carpal Tunnel is a small space between the bones of the wrist that the nerves to the hand passes through. These bones often get jammed together when the tendons to the fingers become tight and press on them as they pass over the wrist. Unless the bones are completely fused, which is very rare, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually completely treatable by the right kind of massage. If the muscles at the top of the forearm – which control the fingers – are released, the pressure on the tendons and therefore the wrist bones can also be released. So if you or anyone you know has pain in the wrist, or tingling in their fingers or hands – send them to Sparrow first!
intensati @ Human@Ease (31 Nassau Ave)
About: intensati is a revolutionary workout developed by Patricia Moreno. It’s a fusion of high-energy aerobics, martial arts, yoga, and strength conditioning. Combining spoken affirmations with simple choreography, intenSati provides a heart-pumping, exhilarating workout that builds physical, mental, and spiritual muscle. It is fitness at the highest efficiency and empowerment.
intenSati instructor Elina Leclaire has a passion for health & wellness, inspirational events, and coaching people to discover and pursue their dreams. For over a decade, she has helped challenge, inspire and equip more than 10,000 people through her company Dream Careers.
Since 2010 Elina has been practicing intenSati, a practice she loves to share as it has taken her to the next level in pursuing her own dreams. She teaches Wednesdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1:30pm at Human@Ease in Greenpoint.
You will leave class feeling stronger, uplifted and inspired. Elina is enthusiastic about leading you through a transformational workout of mind, body and spirit that will empower you to live a life you love.
Elina is co-leading a FREE fitnesss event in McCarren Park on Saturday, May 4th at 10:30am with wellness coach Ekayani Chamberlain. To join – meet at human@ease (31 Nassau Ave) at 10:30am. Elina hopes to continue to lead free fitness classes in the park on Saturday mornings. To sign up for free intenSati Saturdays in McCarren Park, email Elina at email@example.com
About: Boasting a 5-star average Yelp rating, Beastanetics is led by uber-friendly, supportive, and experienced, nationally certified personal trainers, Tim Haft and Shana Brady. This is the same duo, which brings you Punk Rope at the Greenpoint Y every Wednesday night. Tim and Shana have devised a highly effective, back to basics, interval training program, which has delivered fantastic results since it’s inception in 2010. In addition to delivering the goods when it comes to fitness, Tim and Shana have built a vibrant and supportive community of Beasts, which serves to enhance the entire experience.
Greenpointers Discount: Use the discount code GREENPOINTERS at checkout and receive 20% off the registration fee, that’s a savings of $24. (Valid for first-time Beasts only.)
Wellness Tip: In our book, feeling great begins with reducing “bad” stress. Try to uncover the triggers, which make you feel bad. These might be unhealthy foods, toxic relationships, or poor exercise habits. Next, realize that when it comes to fitness you are in control. You don’t need a gym. You don’t need any fancy equipment. You were born with everything necessary to reach an incredible level of fitness. Find a fitness instructor who motivates you and that you can learn from and join a program such as Beastanetics, which will challenge you while simultaneously offering love and support.
About: goodyoga has served the Greenpoint neighborhood since 2009. In late 2012 we expanded to Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. Our classes emphasize safe alignment, personal attention by experienced yoga teachers and small class sizes that give you room to move comfortably. Students appreciate our hospitality and the supportive community that goodyoga studios foster in their respective neighborhoods. Thanks to our goodkarma work exchange program, everyone can experience the benefits of a heathy yoga practice, regardless of their income.
Our Mysore Ashtanga program is offered 6 days a week and is led by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois authorized teacher Amy Santos. The popular open-air rooftop classes begin in late Spring and run through the Summer, weather permitting. Class Levels range from Absolute Beginner to Challenging and Styles include Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Pilates Fusion, Theraputic and Restorative. Our Everyone level classes are our most popular, and are designed to appeal to a wide range of practitioners.
Greenpointers Discount: Mention Greenpointers to receive 10% off your monthly membership.
Wellness Tip: A personalized 7 day cleanse from goodyoga will leave you smelling like May flowers in no time. Scheduled at your convenience, your goodcleanse may be tailored to suit your needs by simplifying or elaborating any aspect.
The goodcleanse includes:
Detailed manual with instructions, grocery lists, basic recipes, schedules, ayurvedic practices, and information about the Chakras and the Yamas and Niyamas to support your cleanse.
Daily email support
(2) 30 minute phone consultations with cleanse counselor
12oz goodjuice – 6 per day x 3 days
4oz daily bestbucha – 1 per day x 7 days
goodteas – 1 per day x 7 days
Ayurvedic Herbal supplements
Unlimited week of goodyoga
All for $250
Optional packed goodfood x 4, please inquire
Optional materials available at all goodyoga locationspilatesmandi (171 Engert Avenue #7)
About: pilatesmandi provides Pilates and personal training expertly designed to meet your needs. Check out the 5 star rating on Yelp! This is a perfect environment for those who desire something different from the usual gym setting. Intimate and laid back, choose or combine Pilates on the apparatus, personal training or amazing cardio workouts on the trampoline. Play a record or select a rockin’ playlist for your workout. (Mandi L. shares her workout playlists on Spotify via Facebook)
Smart exercise selection, years of experience and a one-of-a-kind personality brings each pilatesmandi session to life.
Pilates Boot Camp on-the-roof coming soon!
Greenpointers Discount: Mention Greenpointers and receive 10% off first purchase!
About: Awakening NY is an exciting new urban sanctuary in the heart of Greenpoint/Williamsburg. We are an eco-green 7,000 sq.ft. state of the art Wellness Center and Healthy Cafe. Our facility boasts three beautifully designed studios, 3 large healing and massage rooms, 1 private steam room and a private Jacuzzi. Awakening is truly the destination for all things health and wellness from personal training and Ayurvedic Counseling to massages and Sound Healing Therapy. Awakening has no shortage of classes for everyone from beginners and advanced alike.
Awakening offers Power Strike, for children ages 7-12, yoga, pilates, zumba and even toning classes.
When you are done with your class or spa service head over to Cafe Anise at Awakening and enjoy one of it’s many healthy and organic juices or grab a sandwhich and take advantage of the free WiFi. The cafe even offers a special spring Goddess 3 day juice cleanse complete with one free Zumba class and a 20 minute Steam Shower. Awakening is rated 4 stars on Yelp! so why not come and see what the excitement is all about?
Greenpointers Discount: Mention Greenpointers when you come in to Awakening and receive 10% off your purchase of classes, spa services, and membership. (One time only.)
Fitness Tip #1: How to lose that arm jiggle? It’s spring and pretty soon everyone is going to be walking around town with more skin showing. Why not show off what could be your best asset…your arms? How to do this? Well you have to start by moving your Arms AND your body. Start in the morning by doing pushups until exhaustion, either modified or full pushups, followed by basic crunches until exhaustion (remember don’t let your chin touch your chest). Repeat this 2-3 times at least 3-4 times a weak. And walk to work or take the longest route to the train station or bus stop for some cardio. But remember you need to power walk NOT stroll. It’s ok to be that crazy person on the street. This is New York!
Fitness Tip #2: Lose that jiggle in the middle. Change your diet! Now that the weather is nicer it’s easier to eat healthier foods. Start by eating breakfast everyday. This is something which surprisingly enough most people do not do. Remove the white flower from your diet (bagels, white bread, white rice) and replace it with whole grains. Add more fruits, especially berries, and vegetables to your diet. And finally, replace one meal with a salad or high protein food with vegetables every day and you will start to see the waist line get smaller. Follow this with 30 minutes of exercise 3 days a week and you will start to see that old you come back.
About: Human@Ease is an alternative gym experience with 4.5 stars on Yelp. With our one of a kind Introversion® self training, we teach maximize effort to minimize time. This strength training method is slow reps at high intensity on a circuit of medical grade exercise machines. The result is less workout time with more achievement. Only four people are allowed at a time to work out, so you never have to wait for machines, and one of our friendly trainers will go through two workout routines with you to teach you proper technique and set up your machines & personal progress chart.
We also offer an array of classes including Zumba, Tai Chi, and donation based Yoga classes of varying principles.
Post workouts, we have an Infrared Sauna which mimics the beneficial rays of the sun without the damaging effects and burns up to 600 calories in one 30 min session; in-house massage therapists; and special detoxification packages to further promote your health.
Greenpointers Discount: When you mention Greenpointers, you’ll receive 1 Free Fitness Class or 20% Off a 5 pack of Self Training Sessions
Fitness Tip: What is the most effective type of exercise for your body type? Often I get asked, “What’s the best way to lose weight or what are the most effective workouts for me”? Although, there are hundreds of different varieties of exercise styles to chose from, it’s important to keep in mind that all of us earthlings have the same muscle and joint function and therefore should select a workout routine that works in direct accordance with that muscle and joint function. It should also offer full range of motion and progressive resistance. Now I know that sounds a bit technical but to put it to you straight, strength training is the only type of exercise that can fill those needs. Now, don’t get me wrong, you’ll benefit from most any type of motion, but strength training can offer benefits that no other type of exercise can offer all in one package. Of course, it needs to be done properly and in the right environment to achieve optimal results. So whether you like shakin’ your tush in Zumba, Zen-ning out and stretching in Yoga, or slamming your feet on the pavement; always, always strength train as your foundation. The good news is, if you apply the right intensity, you only need to do it once a week!
Conveniently located in the heart of Greenpoint, Greenpoint Yoga (145 Java St), is your local neighborhood Yoga spot. Relaxed, unpretentious and personal, enjoy their enclosed garden, stay and treat yourself to a class.
With students of all ages, and a commitment to breath and alignment, (in the tradition of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya), itis the perfect place to start your practice or challenge yourself to learn new techniques and/or correct some bad habits. They even have meditation classes and a program to deepen your home practice.
Visit Greenpoint Yoga and unwind, relieve your daily stresses, escape from your commute on the L and G trains. All levels welcome!
Quick Fitness (16 Eckford St) is a special gym somewhat secretly tucked away by McCarren Park. Upon entrance to the gym, you will notice that Quick Fitness is flooded with natural sunlight, exposed brick and a lack of waiting lines for equipment! Month to month membership also set this gym apart!
What you need to know: * No Commitment
* No Registration Fee
* All Classes Are Included w/ Membership
The classes are a main attraction at Quick Fitness. From Spinning to Yoga to Bootcamp and Kettlebell – you will never get bored while kicking your butt.
Start 2013 right with a gym membership you will actually want to use! Stop by Quick Fitness to check it out.
January Member Special: Current Members: Get a month free when you get a friend to join!
(Valid Jan 2, 2013 -Feb 1, 2013)
Yoga leads to a longer, happier life. There’s just one catch…you have to actually do it.
goodyoga will see to that. Like your friends and neighbors, you’ll look forward to coming to goodyoga everyday. goodyoga is therapeutic and fun. Our Everyone level classes address the needs of beginners and experienced practitioners alike, so that all students feel both challengedand rewarded.
In addition to our monthly memberships and prepaid classes, we’ve got some great treats to encourage your loved ones to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions.
Oh! For Greenpointers readers only: Give goodyoga to get goodyoga. Give $150 worth of goodyoga this season, and you’ll get the month of January FREE! Give a goodintro to 10 of your friends, and you’ll get January’s yoga for free!
Perfect for any student who has never been to goodyoga before. Starts the day of their first class. Must be used within 3 months of purchase. We’ll even throw in a goodyoga t-shirt so you’ve got more than an envelope to put under the tree.
Because we know how much Greenpointers love their microbrews and charcuterie, we’ve developed the perfect withdrawal week. The 7 day goodcleanse is a practical, accessible way to kickstart a lifestyle change, even if you’re just trying to cut back on sugar or caffeine. We’ll even have your juice ready to pick up at the studio if you’d like!
Begin 2013 with an OM. Spend the first weekend of the year immersed in the philosophy and practice of yoga. Each of the 8 Limbs of Yoga and the 7 chakras will be thoroughly introduced over the course of two days and 8 hours of discussion and practical techniques.
Available at our studios is a singular selection of vintage malas sourced by our founders from sacred Hindu Temples & rare incenses carried on their backs all over Asia. After all, incenseis the most traditional Christmas gift there is…
Greenpointers ♥’s taking good care of our bodies and Sapere Studio is the ideal place to do so with many deals especially for our readers!
Exclusive Holiday deals for Greenpointer readers. Mention Greenpointers at booking to receive discount.
♦Buy a one time $59 monthly unlimited class pass, and then receive $10 off a monthly unlimited yoga class pass or unlimited class pass when you sign up for a six or twelve month membership within your first month at the studio.
♦Want to try yoga or pilates? Are nervous about starting? Or are you an experienced practitioner who wants to deepen their practice? No matter what your level you can benefit from private classes at Sapere Studio. For Greenpointers only, two private pilates or yoga classes for $100. Private sessions are 60 minutes.
♦Last minute gifts that require no intricate wrapping paper skills? Greenpointers Deal get 10% off Thai Yoga and Nutrition, 20% off Acupuncture and 25% off first massage and 30% off any additional massage appointments.