Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Classes & Workshops

Memberships

Boutique

What is vinyasa yoga?

Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement. The breath is the heart of this discipline and links asana to asana in a precise order. By synchronizing movement with breathing and practicing Mula and Uddiyana Bandhas (locks), an intense internal heat is produced. This heat purifies muscles and organs, expelling unwanted toxins as well as releasing beneficial hormones and minerals, which can nourish the body when the sweat is massaged back into the skin. Vinyasa greatly improves blood circulation. New York Yoga offers vinyasa yoga classes at our studio on York Avenue .

Read more about the different types of yoga

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What is hot yoga?

Hot yoga is any form of yoga practiced in a heated room. The hot studio is kept at 105°F, with humidity levels between 15%-30%. New York Yoga offers several types of hot yoga classes.

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What hours is the studio open?

Each studio opens 30 minutes before the first class begins and closes 20-30 minutes after the last class ends.

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Do I need my own mat?

New York Yoga rents mats and towels at each studio for $2 (York Avenue) or $4 (Hot studio). However, you are welcome to bring your own mat to class. You may also purchase mats and other yoga props in our boutique.

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Do I need to be a member to take class?

Anyone may take class at either studio for the drop-in rate of $27. We also offer several classes every week that are designated as 'yogi's choice' taught by recent graduates of our teacher training program, pay-what-you-can donation classes. Although it is not necessary to reserve classes in advance, you may choose to do so through our online Webscheduler.

View drop-in and membership rates

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What should I wear to class?

Comfortable clothes that allow you to move and stretch easily. Stay away from anything too baggy, as you will probably find yourself upside down at some point. Shoes and socks are not worn in class. Although there is no standard yoga attire, we do offer a wide selection of yoga-appropriate workout clothes in our boutique.

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Can people under 18 come to class?

Yogis of all ages are encouraged to attend class at New York Yoga. Minors must have a signed parent/guardian release waiver on file to take class unaccompanied. Children under 13 may not take regular yoga classes without a parent or guardian present.

Download the minor waiver form

Learn about our Teen Yoga program

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What is the difference between classes and workshops?

Classes are held on a regular basis every month. They may be taken on a drop-in basis and are included in all memberships. Advance registration is not required and but may only be done through the Webscheduler. Classes are usually Vinyasa or Hot Vinyasa, and generally do not have a specific focus (with the exception of Restorative).

Workshops run in finite sessions or on a one-time basis and are not included in memberships (annual members receive 10% off). Advance registration is always required, and enrollment must be for an entire session. Workshops generally focus on more specific themes, such as Intro to Yoga or Prenatal Yoga.

View all New York Yoga workshops

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Do I need to reserve classes in advance?

It is not necessary to reserve classes in advance. However, we do offer advance registration through the Webscheduler as a convenience. Please keep in mind that reservations are only held until 5 minutes before the start of class. After that time, reserved spaces will be given to standby students. In the event a class reaches maximum capacity, some students may be turned away. The best way to guarantee your spot in class is to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Please note that New York Yoga does not take reservations for regular classes by phone.

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Do I need to reserve workshops in advance?

Workshops are held in finite sessions of either one class or a period of weeks. Classes within a workshop session generally meet on the same day and time once or twice per week. Enrollment must be for an entire session, and individual classes within a session may not be taken on a drop-in basis. (This way, you will be with the same classmates and teacher for an entire session.) Most workshops that are at least 4 weeks long allow one missed class within a session to be made up.

View all New York Yoga workshops

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The webscheduler says the class I want is full. Can I still come to class?

Yes! Only two thirds of the spaces in a class are available to reserve online.

Please note that workshops, unlike classes, must be reserved in advance. All spaces in a workshop are available for online registration.

Click here to reserve classes through the online Webscheduler

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What is the make-up policy for workshops?

It is New York Yoga policy to allow a maximum of one missed class to be made up per session. Please call (212) 717-9642 to reserve a make-up in advance. Make-ups must be used in a concurrent session (on a different day/time) or a session immediately following the current one.

For single-day workshops, such as Intro to Yoga, make-ups may be scheduled by special request and are not guaranteed.

View New York Yoga workshops

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How do I cancel a reservation?

To avoid being charged the full rate:

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How do I schedule a private lesson?

Private and semi-private sessions may be scheduled upon request. To request an appointment, please contact the studio at (212) 717-9642 or submit a private request form (below) in person or to info@newyorkyoga.com. Please keep in mind that requests submitted on short notice may be difficult to accommodate, as our instructors tend to have busy schedules.

Prices for private and semi-private appointments are as follows:

Private - In Studio$125
Private - At Home$150
5 Private package$575
10 Private package$1100
15 Private package$1575
20 Private package$2000
Semi Private - In Studio$60 per person
Semi Private - At Home$75 per person
5 Semi Private package$285 per person

Click here to download the private request form

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I moved away and I really miss your classes!

Bring New York Yoga with you wherever you move with On Demand, our series of webcast yoga classes. Get the first month free when you sign up for our unlimited monthly On Demand membership, then pay just $9.95/month. Other options include one year unlimited for $49.95 or a single class for $5.99.

Learn more about On-Demand yoga

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Can I buy a trial membership?

If you are not ready to commit to an annual unlimited yoga plan, please stop in or call to speak with a manager about options that would suit you best.

If you are new to the practice of yoga, we recommend the Intro to Yoga workshop, which comes with two months of unlimited membership for just $299.

If you are not new to Yoga, but you are new to our studio, you may purchase a one month trial membership for $99, or a two month trial membership for $199. This offer is good for new students only.

Regularly scheduled classes may also be taken on a drop-in basis. While the drop-in rate for most classes is $27, certain classes are designated as "yogi's choice" and are offered as pay-what-you-can. Yogi's choice classes offer the same level of physical practice and instructor expertise as other classes on the schedule.

Click here for a list of drop-in and membership rates

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What is the difference between class packages and unlimited membership?

A class package allows for one to attend a fixed number of classes within a specific time-frame. Unlimited packages allow for the practitioner to take as many classes as desired within a specific time-frame. For those planning to take 1 or more classes per week, the Unlimited packages are recommended.

Unlimited memberships include UP TO 2 classes per day, total, at either studio

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How do I reactivate unused classes from an expired membership?

Unused classes can be reactivated with the purchase of a new class package, or the value of the expired classes can be used towards an unlimited membership.

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Why should I switch to an annual membership?

The benefits of an annual membership include: discounts on mat/towel rentals at the Hot Studio, free mat/towel rentals at the York Ave. Studio, discounts on water purchases, 10% discount on all boutique items and workshops, and the ability to freeze memberships for 1 to 3 months.

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How can I freeze my membership?

Only Annual or Two Year members (paid monthly or in full) may request to freeze their membership. Membership may be frozen for a period of one, two, or three months and may be frozen for ma ximum of three months per year of membership. Requests must be submitted at least 15 days in advance; re troactive requests may not be honored. Additionally, all freeze requests are subject to a $50 per month reactivation fee as stated in the New York Yoga Member Agreement.

Freeze requests due to medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor's note that clearly states a specific date range during which the member was unable to practice yoga.

Download the Membership Freeze Form

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How do I cancel my membership?

All cancellation requests must be submitted at least 30 days in advance. This can be done using the online cancellation request form or by certified or registered mail. (UPS, FedEx, or other delivery services that provide tracking numbers are also acceptable.) Requests submitted via non-certified mail, e-mail, fax, etc will not be considered. Please address all mail to:

New York Yoga
ATTN: Membership Services
1629 York Ave
New York, NY 10028

ANNUAL MEMBERS: Please be aware that cancellation of an annual contract before the end of twelve paid months will result in a $250 early termination fee. This fee may be waived if cancellation request is accompanied by proof of new permanent residence at least 25 miles away from any New York Yoga location.

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Do you sell yoga gear/clothing?

We offer a wide selection of yoga clothing, props, mats, books, CDs, and other products in the New York Yoga boutique. The main boutique is located at our studio on York Avenue and 86th Street. Most products can also be purchased at our hot studio, located on the corner of 85th Street and Lexington Avenue.

View items available for purchase in the boutique

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Which kind of yoga mat should I buy?

In our boutique we offer mats of various lengths, thicknesses, and colors. We also offer eco-friendly biodegradable mats. Please stop by our studio so we can discuss your needs.

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What is the return/exchange policy for boutique items?

If an item is returned in the condition it was sold, the credit will remain in your account for future purchases. Some items cannot be exchanged for sanitary reasons. If you have any questions, please speak with one of our front desk receptionists.

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How do I purchase a gift certificate?

Gift Certificates can be purchased in any denomination - please call or stop be the studio.

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