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With 8 million people living in the city, yoga classes in can get pretty packed. And there’s nothing that can ruin a peaceful moment of yoga bliss like getting inadvertently swiped by the sweaty arm of your neighbor. Enter Yoga 216, a new boutique yoga studio in West Chelsea where there are never more than 6 students to a class.
Nestled almost directly under the Highline on West 20th Street, owners Jeffrey Katz, the manager of nearby Batali restaurant Del Posto, and his wife Nicole wanted to create a wellness retreat space, more than just a studio. They used grays, white and sea foam green to illicit a soothing ocean vibe. After adding in a distressed white beach wood desk and benches into the lobby, it definitely feels like a vacation retreat.
The studio boasts two small rooms, one heated and one regular room. The heated room is kept slightly lower than most hot yoga classes- at a max of 95 degrees. Nicole Katz’s background is in Iyengar and structural yoga so she insists that all the teachers at Yoga 216 have strong anatomy backgrounds and teach alignment-based flow classes. It’s such an important concept to Katz that even the studio name of 216, and it’s philosophy, comes from her favorite Yoga Sutra 2:16, which says, “pain that has not yet come is avoidable.”
Classes run either an hour or an hour and 15 minutes, with various levels like their intro Learner class, their open level Burner class and their weekend 2-hour 216 Yoga Workshop classes which explore the studio’s theme asana for the month.
As a way to give back, Yoga 216 also hosts hour-long Win-Win classes. They are currently on the schedule Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:16, but will eventually be held Monday thru Friday. These classes are pay-what-you-can with all the proceeds benefiting the Mario Batali Foundation whose mission is to feed, educate and empower kids.
After class students can enjoy a shower or primp in luxurious changing rooms decorated with quaint mirrored vanities. They can also enjoy cookies and a delicious Ayurvedic tea made by Yoga 216’s own instructor and acupuncturist, Deborah Stotzky. More of a juice person? They carry fresh pressed juice from the nearby vegan eatery Blossom.
To round out the wellness experience, Yoga 216 offers private yoga, acupuncture and structural therapy as well as therapeutic and deep massage and hot stone and meridian massage.
We’re so glad Yoga City NY appreciate the peaceful vibe we’re working hard to cultivate here at the studio. Check out this glowing review.