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Musical Mats: SLT Launches Yoga Classes Set To Rock and PopSLT Yoga Offers High Energy Yoga Classes Set To Top 40's Playlists
WHAT: SLT Yoga
WHERE: 37 East 57th Street (between 5th and 6th)
PRICE: $15 for first timers, $24 for single classes
We get it: you want the long and lean benefits of yoga practice, but need a little extra motivation to fully rock your chakra. If only you could bust your best yogi moves while rocking out to a Top 40’s playlist. Well, that’s exactly the type of workout you’ll get at SLT Yoga, which launched earlier this month.
The class comes from Amanda Freeman—the same mastermind behind SLT Pilates (also known as Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone)—and Exhale Spa’s former yoga director, Erin Jacques. But instead of exercising on “Megaformers,” you’ll strike poses on Tiffany-blue colored mats (and the T in SLT Yoga stands for tunes instead of tone).
There are three classes to choose from: Shred (yoga with strength training elements including light weights), Hardcore (if you want to get your butt kicked), and Yoga Flow (athletically challenging, but easy to follow). Since I’m somewhat of a yoga novice, I opted for the latter.
SLT’s yoga studio is small and sleek, with white and turquois walls, windows overlooking 57th Street, and white gauzy curtains. Before class began, Jacques personally welcomed each newbie (including yours truly) and made us feel at ease. A few minutes later, Gym Class Heroes was blasting in the background and I was ready to rock.
Yoga Flow was fast paced yet unintimidating (in fact, Jacques constantly reminded us to go at our own pace and provided blocks and other modifications to help assist beginners). During the 60-minute instruction, we were led through several sets of pushups, crunches, planks, stretches, and typical yoga sequences (with plenty of down dog, warrior, and Chaturanga poses sprinkled into the mix). The routine was challenging, but striking a chair pose while listening to One Direction and Jay-Z might be the most fun I’ve ever had in a yoga class. Ever. Note: the 20 spot studio fills up fast, so you may want to book online first.—AMANDA LIBBY