I was in downward dog, my biceps burning, when the yoga teacher instructed us to hop (or step) our right foot forward and swing our arms up to warrior one. As soon as I stood up, I saw the Hudson River out of nearly every window in the studio. My mind relaxed as my eyes traveled to the lush green cliffs on the other side of the water. The light was bright and invigorating, the water calming. Inspired, I deepened my lunge. This is the way yoga is meant to be practiced, I thought.
I spotted YogaWorks on a drive through Irvington. It was perched up on a hill in a pretty stone building, but the reason I stopped is because I could see that the studio had killer views. While I’m hardly a seasoned yogi, I’ve been practicing for years and I’m a sucker for pretty yoga studios. I’ve done yoga on the beach at the Four Seasons Maui, at a rustic resort in Vieques, on a hotel lawn overlooking the ocean on Block Island. I even pushed through prenatal poses for nine months at sexy-chic Pure Yoga on the UWS.
But nothing beats the Yoga Blend class I took with Jennifer Monness at YogaWorks in Irvington last week. First, let me just say that Jennifer, who teaches classes on Tuesdays at 12:30 and Thursdays at 11am, is a mother of five and her stomach is so taut you could iron a shirt on it. But what I loved was her message: She read inspirational passages to us about slowing our minds as we sweated through our vinyasas. Her voice was gentle and encouraging. She made adjustments to my body when I was struggling.
Mostly, I loved that I could look at the water during balancing poses. When we came to stand during vinyasa, it was a treat to pop up your head and glimpse the sky, sea and cliffs. It brought an air of serenity that you just can’t get in a less-inspiring studio. The class flew by.
Here’s the real kicker: New students only pay $30 for two weeks of unlimited yoga. I’m going two more times this week, which means this is the best yoga deal in the county. $10 per class! Typically, it costs $22 per class.
YogaWorks, 50 S. Buckhout Street, Irvington; 914-591-9642. For the Irvington studio’s schedule, visit the YogaWorks website.