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A Room of Requirement: Yoga

The Yoga Room embodies the core ideal of this
 stylish and homey place, as everything is designed just up to the point: your health and well-
being.

 With a friendly green and glass front against the mosaic wall,
 the small room welcomed me warmly. As I stepped inside and looked around, I 
sensed a philosophy of “vinyasa” in the decor—“vi”, in a special way, “nyasa”, to place—
everything is placed in a special way; in one corner, a wooden table chest held a copper 
brown hand wash, with a large wooden Buddist embossment hanging over it, inviting a deep breath in the special ambiance of religious tranquility. This
 small world made me feel like I was in an exotic and
 authentic Indian lounge.

 I was asked to take off my shoes at the entrance, because everyone should have the right
 to enjoy themselves without any binding from the outside—both physical and psychological.

The
 class was Vinyasa Basic by teacher Yuval, who has 
been practicing yoga for almost 15 years and has coached in France, the UK, and across
 the US. However, his teaching style draws from a variety of traditions: dynamic flow and
 awareness of breath from Vinyasa, careful attention to alignment from Iyengar, the vigor
 of Ashtanga and the subtlety of Ishta. In his class, he guided us through a sequence
 of body movements that were relaxing, stretching, healing, integrating, and also creative.
 The class had about ten students, including myself.

The best part of my yoga experience, however, was the moment when my face virtually
 shook off all expressions and began to speak for itself—a moment when the heart 
settled down into the comfortable bed of soul and quietly felt its way in the interaction 
with the natural movements of body. You do not need to be religious to feel the sensation; Yoga, under a good guide, opens that access for everyone to the restoration of all
 natural senses and body-mind-soul balance.

 The teacher led us through a preparatory stage before our muscles
 and nerves were activated and then relaxed, followed by the last stage where we were
set lying on the mat with legs on the wall, eyes shut and meditating. Teacher Yuval then 
slowly turned down the light: it became so soft, so dreamy, as if he had turned off the 
whole world outside the window.

I felt my
 peaceful, sweet breaths in front of me, and could hear my measured heartbeats. 
I left feeling the perfect entirety of body-mind-soul, and backed home with a perfectly 
renewed vigor and elasticity for the next laborious week.

The Yoga Room: Long Island City studio – 10-14 47 Road, (718) 786-7962; 
Astoria studio – 38-01 35th Avenue, (718)-274-0255.

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Yihan Yan

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2 Responses to “A Room of Requirement: Yoga”

  1. Becky says:

    Always looking to try new yoga. Seems nice!

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