Sometimes it seems like a new fitness studio opens in New York every week — or at least every month. In February, Balance.Yoga.Barre, a hot yoga and barre studio hailing from Oklahoma, made its New York City debut. Offering a free first class, this yoga studio has also been spreading the word by providing deals on Groupon and Gilt City. Since I never say no to a free class, I decided to give them a try. While a nice change from my normal Equinox routine, I feel that Balance.Yoga.Barre may still have a few kinks to work out.
Y7 is a hip-hop yoga studio with numerous locations in California and New York. I’d been hearing about it for a while, and the idea was incongruous to me. Why would you mix the thumping beat and lyrics of hip-hop with a practice that’s supposed to be soothing? But after sampling a hip-hop yoga class at Equinox during Pride Month, I knew that I’d have to add Y7 to my list.