Four of Wands Wellness Collective: Self-Care and Community

Four of Wands Wellness Collective Williamsburg Store Window
Four of Wands exterior; all photos via Four of Wands

Four of Wands Wellness Collective (349 Leonard Street) is a self-care studio in Williamsburg, where people can find different kinds of holistic treatments, classes, handmade gifts, and a community space. Owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Daru Oda wanted to create a space for  doing “what makes you happy. We forget to do things that are fun or to expand our minds. At Four of Wands, we can take care of ourselves for an hour.”

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Goodyoga Flips Teacher Payment Structure On Its Head

Goodyoga's Greenpoint Avenue Studio
Goodyoga’s Greenpoint Avenue Studio

If you’ve been to Goodyoga, you know they’re doing something right. Their app makes class sign-up easy, their down-to-earth teachers blend alignment with humor, and their prices beat everywhere else. What you may not know is that Goodyoga is promoting physical and emotional health for instructors by changing their business model.

As of the first of the year, they’re offering full-time employment with benefits to their yoga teachers. This may signal a new direction for the yoga industry, with concerned teachers and studio owners who see the current industry standard of employing teachers as Independent Contractors as broken. Meanwhile, more than one yoga studio has been audited by the Department of Labor over the practice. Continue reading

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Know Your Neighbors: Hosh Yoga Studio’s New Teacher Training Scholarships

Greenpointers Summer Market 2015 Rooftop Yoga with Hosh Yoga
Greenpointers Summer Market 2015 Rooftop Yoga with Hosh Yoga

While sifting through clothes at beacon’s closet or grabbing a beer and a brat at Spritzenhaus, you may have seen a procession of yoga-pantsed Greenpointers heading in and out of the unassuming grey door on the corner of Nassau and Guernsey.

A closer look at 55 Nassau will lead you to Hosh Yoga, a Greenpoint nonprofit made possible by a team of 60 volunteers and instructors, which provides donation-based classes with a mission of health and wellness as a right to life, not a luxury. Continue reading

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Sorry to Do This, but Here’s a Quick Guide to Sticking to Your Resolutions about Town

You'll sweat so hard you'll stop seeing color. Photo: CrossFit South Williamsburg
You’ll sweat so hard you’ll stop seeing color. Photo: CrossFit South Williamsburg

You don’t really want to be reading this, but just in case you kind of do, here are a few relatively new players in Greenpoint’s health and fitness scene. Because doing good for a body doesn’t have to mean leaving your 10-block-radius no-bra zone. Even if you can’t technically pull that off during a bout of jumping jacks, or you’re a dude and you’re struggling to relate to this entire premise. Continue reading

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Dancing Under the Williamsburg Bridge: BRUNCHRave with Morning Gloryville

Dancing under the Wlliamsburg Bridge
Dancing under the Wlliamsburg Bridge

Dancing is an amazing way to start the day, isn’t it?

Last Saturday, while most people were sleeping in, BRUNCH Ravers at Morning Gloryville‘s party were doing yoga, dancing, jumping in flying rose petals, getting massages, playing in a kiddie pool, or meeting new friends. It was kind of surreal when it all ended at 2pm, and people were heading home after an awesome morning out, when many people hadn’t even left their homes (or beds) yet. Continue reading

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Holiday Specials from Usha Veda Yoga


Give the gift of yoga to yourself or a friend with these sweet holiday deals from Usha Veda Yoga, located at 1104 Manhattan Ave.  Sale packages are available from 11/27/13 through 1/7/14. The holidays can be hectic and stressful and yoga is a great way to really unwind and reconnect with yourself.

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New Juice Bar ‘Botica & Co.’ will Help Keep You Glowing Until Spring

A 'Daily Green Essentials' and a 'Beauty Shot' ©Rosie de Belgeonne

It’s the time of year when every close encounter on a crowded G train threatens to land you with a dose of someone else’s snotty cold. It’s therefore probably a pretty good time to start taking extra care of our immune systems, which is where Botica & Co., a new business at 607 Manhattan Avenue, might be able to help.

Newly opened next to Awakening wellness centre, Botica and Co. is a cold-press juice bar and apothecary run by herbalist Adriana Ayales. The bar offers an array of fresh juices and herbal elixirs guaranteed to help keep your body and soul in tip-top form all year long. Continue reading

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Get Fit With Athletes Club & Save at Fitness Studios, Restaurants and Active Shops


You could be having this much fun this summer with Athletes Club

It’s almost summer. North Brooklyn bike lanes are busy and the parks are full of folks like you who want to feel great and get into shape.  But getting fit isn’t just hitting the running track. Wellness is also about eating great and staying active with fun fitness routines. There are a variety of ways to get healthy in our neighborhood, meet new people and enjoy irresistible perks.  A great way to get started is through Athletes Club.

Athletes Club is a members-only service suited for everyone that loves to live healthy and active! It’s the best way to discover, experience, and save at top-notch fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and active shops in New York City and North Brooklyn. Members receive unlimited benefits to use at over 100 partnering businesses, including Brooklyn Boulders, Summer’s Juice, JackRabbit Sports, SYNC Studio, and Torque Fitness, Ride Brooklyn, and Awakening NY.

Plus, members can experience free classes, social outings, and other unique experiences, like the all inclusive World Cup Viewing Party. Say goodbye to your boring fitness routine!

Members save $100s each month. Get started today for only $19.

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Free Yoga in North Brooklyn Parks all Summer!!!

Is there anything less appealing than a sweaty yoga indoor class in 80 degree weather? Nothing against Yoga to the People (they will always hold a special place in my heart), but I’d much rather get some fresh air in my system while the weather is fine.

It seems that my prayers have been answered because this Summer, Good Yoga has partnered with Open Space Alliance to host outdoor yoga sessions all season long at our favorite North Boroklyn parks, including all-around park champion, Transmitter. Is there anything more satisfying than doing yoga in the grass with a serene view of Manhattan?

And did I mention that the classes are FREE? Bring your own mat and sunscreen and when you get to the park, look for the red Good Yoga balloon. Continue reading

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Free Cyclist-Centric Yoga in McCarren Saturday

Brooklyn-based bike tourism group Get Up And Ride is hosting this Saturday’s Free Yoga For Cyclists in McCarren Park. Instructor and GUAR VP Lisa Markuson designed the class to “tap into the needs of active, fast-moving, possibly stressed people” in its postures and meditations. Get on your bike and om.

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