Originally published on YogaCityNYC
Disclaimer: This new studio is near and dear to YD’s heart and we believe in its mission. Come down for a class. You may even spy a yogadork mulling about and/or teaching classes. wink, nudge.
A new studio blooms in Union Square.
New York City is becoming a yogi’s paradise and Union Square is the sweet spot in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Although there are plenty of yoga studios there, a new establishment has taken root. Its name: Bija Yoga.
This was the dream of Veronica Perretti, a teacher and devoted student of the practice for almost a decade who decided to take the leap and plant the seed on 17th street, literally. Bija, means the “seed” of awareness or potential; and the studio is built on a foundation of community, consciousness and the connection we all have to each other.
Nestled between Union Square West and 5th Avenue, the location is convenient and cozy. The warm purple walls of the studio’s interior invoke an earthy and inspired space to learn and grow. Emerging from the lineage of Krishnamacharya (and his masterful students BKS Iyengar, Sri K Pattabhi Jois and TKV Deskichar), the instructors focus on alignment while allowing for freedom to flourish in Vinyasa flow.
Come for the yoga and stay for the monthly kirtan, philosophy and meditation study, and special events. A major highlight is the weekly Saturday Sadhana sessions, offering an opportunity to practice with local and visiting senior teachers for two hours, at an affordable $25. Well-known yogis such as Nixa De Bellis, Sarah Bell and Marco Rojas are already slated to make regular, rotating appearances.
Bija’s daily schedule has Vinyasa classes ranging from beginning level 1 to students continuing in their level 2/3 practice. Other highlights include led Ashtanga, pre-natal, available private sessions, and sweet balance of Vinyasa/Yin. Also, something you don’t see on the schedule at many other yoga studios: 30 minute Pranayama and Meditation from 6:15-6:45pm Mondays and Wednesdays, perfectly snug between the evening Vinyasa classes, and just $5!
Veronica believes strongly that a yoga studio should not only be a place for students to grow, but to also create an atmosphere where our teachers can grow their practice and evolve their teaching, so stay tuned for developing continuing ed classes.
Following the Puja celebration led by Manorama, who will also be leading the Satsang program and philosophy studies, Bija Yoga is now open and operating with a full schedule.
Single drop-in class is $20, new student deal $30 (1 week unlimited yoga).
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