Moksha Yoga NYC

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pro: calorie torching classes & blissful vibes of goodness

con: cost, HOWEVER there is a way to practice for free – yes way!

THE BEST hot yoga studio around!  I found this gem back in January 2012 and it transformed my body – SWEAR!  Prior to Moksha I only attempted regular yoga classes at my gym and never ventured into Bikram.  The thought of Bikram scared me – all my friends said they yell at you, the room smells & you have to do strict moves even if you are tired.  Well let me tell you…Moksha is nothing like that!  It is a peaceful environment, where the teachers only want to help & inspire you, not yell.  The studio does not smell AT ALL &  you are not only told, but encouraged to listen to your body & rest, adjust or slow down your practice when needed.

Let me review a few aspects of the Moksha studio in NYC…

  • Check in was & is still easy breezy…few pages of paperwork are initially filled out & they run you through the lay of the land.  The Intro month is $40 for unlimited classes – hello CHEAP!  At the initial check in they give you a swipe card to use for future check- ins.
  • Mats, practice towels & towels can be rented, however I have my own so no need to use (bought at TJMaxx so affordable!) and water bottles can be borrowed.
  • Locker rooms are nice, have to bring your own lock and they do have showers with all in one wash so you can rinse off after you practice – major plus because you get super sweaty!!
  • The yoga studio steams…the temperature ranges from 95-100degrees!  and boy does it feel good – you detoxify & stretch like never before!  They have a few different types of classes – Moksha, Moksha Flow, Hot Yin, Yang Ying, Karma class & community classes – a complete mix of classes everyday at different  times.
  • The people are beyond amazing!  From the very first day to a year later I still get a very warm welcome whenever I attend a class…they truly care about their community and want everyone to be a part of theirs.  (example..they held our wedding day Moksha class for all our family & friends at their studio – it was the perfect way to start our day & got us going!)

SO PLEASE go and get your yoga groove on at Moksha Yoga NYC, you will not regret it!

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Labor Day 2012 Breakdown

Only one word can describe the entire weekend – BLISS. Two words – PURE BLISS.

Jon & I really wanted to showcase the NYC that we know to all our family & friends…so here is a quick breakdown of each day & our top picks of NYC!

  • Tuesday my mom & sister arrived – dinner at our fave spot Penelope
  • Wednesday Jon had to work (bummer) and his folks were arriving later in the day so I planned a spa day for us girls – Great Jones Spa. If you have never been make sure to put this on your NYC  ‘to do’ list.  Major relaxation was needed & that was exactly what we got!  After a calming afternoon we headed to Dizzy’s Jazz Club and met up with Jon & his folks for a rockin’ show – Jon & I even got a shout out by the performers!  For a night cap we walked to the Hudson Hotel Terrace for a dazzling view of the NYC skyline.
  • Thursday was the real beginning (no turning back then!) ALL our immediate fam was finally in town!  West village family dinner was a must so we picked the best place – Des Santos.  Wonderful food, flowing drinks & the best company…a real quality night.
  • Friday was REHEARSAL DINNER DAY, yippie!!!  Hotel gift bags were being handed out, friends were trickling in & flowers being delivered (bulk flowers for rehearsal dinner from 50flowers – AMAZE) Anywho – passed off all our handmade decor to our day of Loli Events and took our time getting to the rehearsal dinner at The Boat Basin NYC.  This place is a sight to see and always has Jon & I coming back every summer weekend- right on the Hudson River, BBQ & a chill vibe.
  • Saturday… WEDDING DAY…Let the games begin!!  Jon & I wanted to start our morning off right so we got some fam & friends together for morning hot yoga at the best studio in the city – Moksha Yoga NYC.  After decompressing Jon sped off to our apt for ‘boys’ lunch & hangout time..I checked in to the Gansevoort Park Ave and guests kept piling in-  moms, friends, sisters, babies & hair/makeup arrived within minutes and the day began…
  • Sunday we definitally required a hangover brunch – and boy did Jon & I plan one..at our APT!  Every guest was encouraged to stop on by for bagels (provided by Vic’s Bagel Bar), mimosa’s and tylenol!   The party slowly ended but not for us – as a thank you to our folks for the wonderful weekend we planned a broadway show.. Rock of Ages!  The night quickly turned into hot flashes for both Jon & I that we actually had to leave the show for a bit – to much day drinkin, yikes!

Hope you enjoyed the breakdown of our wedding…next post will be the specific events with pics!

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