636 Sixth Ave. 3rd Fl (entrance is on 19th St), New York, NY | Directions 1001140.740479 -73.99456
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Flatiron District
lovin the groove... – Oh let me count the ways I’ve fallen in love with the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center - corny I know, but never the less true. I’m living in the west village for a few months, and when I leave, its one of the things I will miss the most. The space is light and airy, and the staff is super friendly whether they’re at the desk or teaching a class.
The instructors really teach – taking us through the poses, explaining as we go, making gentle corrections with a smile and bit of humor on occasion, so that we get it right. While the space is great it’s the people there that make yoga class a real pleasure. Also the music is a real plus sometimes a little chant-y and sometimes a little rock and roll.
They also have special events at the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center with music and dancing – and they always make me feel really welcome. I have to be honest, I always wanted to try yoga, but it took me years to get there and now I’m wondering what took me so long.
Annoyingly preachy, dangerous. – I have to 100% agree with other reviewers here. There is NO instruction on alignment, in any of these classes. And I have never once heard a teacher ask if it is anyone's first time taking a class, or if there are any injuries. The flow is often disjointed with one pose sweeping in an awkward position into another which is equally awkard.
I had one teacher who was so enthralled with the way her own voice sounded, (and it sounded like she was reading poetry out of a book!) but it made me wonder if the class was about the student or the teacher!
Overall, I just don't get the feeling that the teachers are very experienced as they are in other places like Kula and Om. Kula is hands down the best studio in NY. IMO. I'm not going back to LL anyway due to the poor quality of the classes and the snotty reception I have had and see others have - by the front desk.
Good intention; poor execution – Sorry to say, that yes there has never been any instruction (incl. Intro and Beginning classes) on body alignment in a pose. Attracts many 20-somethings which is upbeat energy, but the stupidly small dressing rooms are a real drag. Sorry I hurt my back. Shouldn't yoga instructors be licensed so as to avoid pain from bad alignment?? Not certified but a higher standard.
The Soul of Yoga, Not the Art of Yoga – I've been going to LL regularly for about a year. I started learning yoga here with Basics classes which were actually quite good (esp Heather). However after about 6 months of consistent attendance I started with the next level 2 classes, and have to say was shocked to see hardly any instruction or demonstrations from the instructors at this level for advanced poses. I attended about 15 of these classes until I really hurt my back. As a result I agree with others that you see a lot students just mangling their bodies at this place and no doubt suffering some injuries (myself included). I recently started going to an Iyengar school to start really learning the correct poses and that has been great. However I do miss the LL vibe so still like going their occasionally for a fun or just relaxing class. I just wish LL would provide better instruction beyond Basics class.
i was a regular at LL (2xs a week at least) for quite some time but schedule changes kept me away for a while. since i started going back i have to say the things i overlooked before stand out over anything else about the place now. the OTT yoga decor and pseudo hippy, spacey, somewhat smug disposition of the staff is far from zen. additionally the UNBELIEVABLY over-crowded classes (you can't even move freely in your own mat space!) and TINY changing room pretty much negate any sense of "yoga" you achieved during a class. basically it's a yoga factory decorated to make you think otherwise.
while the teachers are all truly lovely, it scares me how little alignment instruction they give - it really borders on negligence (i have been practicing for about 10 years so i consider myself somewhat knowledgeable regarding these things).
the classes are upbeat and definitely different if you are experienced and looking for something fun for a change but, i'm sorry to say, other than that it doesn't do much....
But I'd heard such great things.... – This place borders on dangerous. I watched students gleefully mangle their bodies during an evening class without any instruction regarding alignment. I am a certified yoga instructor who has been seeing a chiropractor for years; it was all I could do to keep up the pretense of taking the class through shivasana. On top of that, the teacher seemed to regard herself as a guru. Her students seemed to believe her and the result was positively creepy. When I left the class I noticed that the staff and all of the incoming students seemed to share the notion that yoga = being unusually flighty. NO. Yoga can bring revelation but not without a truly grounded practice. This place fails on all counts.
Worst yoga in the city! – I wish I could give this place zero stars. Full disclosure: I am a certified yoga instructor. Since a friend recommended me, I thought I would take a few classes. Big mistake. The worst experience was on Christmas Day, when they had one class. It was so crowded that you could barely move even on your own mat. The instructor droned on and on, for about 15 minutes, not about something interesting or relevant, but rather her own ego massaging diatribe. The music (a lot of Christmas music!) was so loud, even after asking her to turn it down, even still instructions were unclear.
A complete waste of time, I will never go back there. Don't waste your time/money, there are plenty of other very nice studios.
Sweet love – As of late, scheduling changes (mine and the lotus's) have kept me away. But this will always be my first yoga home. Dana and Jasmine will always be my first teachers. If you want to go deep, take a class with them. Midnight and rooftop are also rad. It's gotten crowded at the lotus, yes, but yoga means union. It's a good way to practice.
Best yoga in NYC – Laughing Lotus offers the best yoga in Manhattan. Instructors like Paul, Betsy, Jasmine and Edward are knowledgable and excited about teaching yoga. They are serious about what they do, but have a sense of humor that creates a relaxed atmosphere in the studio. I especially enjoy the midnight yoga classes, featuring live music. The web scheduling option makes it easy to register for classes in advance, as well as to note any instructor changes. The front desk staff is helpful, and the center encourages, and listens to, feedback from students. Laughing Lotus is a long walk from my apartment, but it's worth the time and energy to get there!
true to tradition – Laughing lotus offers an opportunity to be challenged and have your heart opened in the true spirit of Yoga. dana and jasmin have deep wisdom and experience! Yoga literally means to "yoke yourself with the Divine". LL reminds us what Yoga means, to join to the moment..... Some of the other teachers are still discovering this truth but are worth giving them your support
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