203 E 86 Street, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.777871 -73.951726
Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Midtown
Frogs in the middle of the throat – I heard that Pure Yoga has a great variety of Yoga Teacher training programs, which are both approved and not approved by the Yoga Alliance. Do you have any training for substitute yoga instructors who experienced visible loss of their voices, or who have trembling or squeaky voices and cannot properly communicate with humans during their Yoga classes at Pure or elsewhere? Having that kind of training could be a great way to increase the revenue as well as improve the safety of yoga practitioners. Some of the former substitute instructors might greatly benefit from this kind of training
Leading a yoga class and speaking with humans is different from speaking with a robot because it requires compassion. So, it is worth it to learn how to open your heart before your open your mouth. Share your true story with us if you can, we won
Incredible – If you never try Vinyasa class with Marco Rojas at Pure Yoga East, you will be sorry. His heartfelt teaching and his spirituality are incredible.
1st step: “Laugh it out” Yoga Technique – Two of my colleagues are a comedy artist and a “part time” horror movie script writer. I suggested they become Pure Yoga members so they can get more food for their thoughts for both genres.
Pure Yoga Goes Mental – As we approach the summer and make our plans for friends and family Pure Yoga is asking everyone to join the club (or the cult) for multiple workshops on mental health education, addiction prevention and some recovery. During the program a more experienced person in recovery will guide the less-experienced aspirant through the programs.
Pure yoga’s mental instructors will share their experience and hopes with their pupils. An instructor’s role is not that of a legal adviser, a banker, a parent, a marriage counselor, or a social worker. Nor is she or he a therapist offering some sort of professional advice. Your recovery instructor is simply another addict in recovery who is willing to share his or her journey through some program. Going back to early forties and the Great Depression might be a good solution for Pure Yoga staff and some of its members; however time goes forward and never back. For now they have the PYGM solution..I’ll see you in 21st century.
silly policies – I understand that Pure Yoga is owned by Equinox and therefore is more like a big corporate gym than a specialized yoga studio. But even for a gym, their policies are preposterous. Not only are there no drop-in rates, but they refuse to give any information about membership rates/policies on their website or over the phone. In order to learn this top-secret information, one needs to come to the studio and meet in person with a "yoga guide" (anywhere else, this would be called a "sales rep"). Pure Yoga has a good variety of classes, and several excellent teachers, but I was quite put off by their insistence that the only way to learn about membership is to take an hour out of one's day to meet with their sales team. Not only do a prefer real yoga studios to corporate gyms, but I like to patronize businesses who respect my time.
Not worth the $$$$$$$$$ – Oh it's good and beautiful and way clean. But, when it comes down to it -- paying like $150+ per mo is just too much for a place that has only yoga/pilates and only 2 locations (UES and UWS). Totally not worth it -- unless your a trust fund baby. I also agree with some of the other reviewors -- pure yoga's customer service stinks with a capital S. the 'yoga advisors' aka salespeople -- just dont know how to give customer service -- they are pushy, rude, and curt. maybe they should take some yoga classes and hook into the universe before they try to sell the memberships. one person mentioned the 'community' -- i was there for 5 days -- there is NO community. peak time classes (after work on weekdays and mornings on weekends) are elbow to elbow.
To Fly or Not to Fly (in the basement of the Pure Yoga Studi – Have you ever wanted to visit a Broadway Show, a Fashion Show, or the Circus but never had the chance? Don’t worry: you can save your time by attending some complimentary classes offered by the New York City Pure Yoga club. You will surely learn some circus skills: juggling, devil sticks, clowning around, physical comedy, and arm balance while creating your space and flying with or without your partner. If you are not into that sort of “yoga” today you can take one of those classes and workshops that will put you into a deep sleep and relaxation or, on the contrary, will severely rock your chakras during your break dance class. The list of activities goes on.
Do not bring your umbrellas, your strollers, crutches, or bikes to the studio since there is no space to store them. However, Pure Yoga nowadays might offer some constructive solution to this problem and offer you a yoga class that will allow you to use your items as props.
On the other hand most of the Pure Yoga instructors are really gifted and inspiring professionals. The levels of energy in their classes are impressive and encouraging. Their non-judgmental and caring approach keeps members united and centered. Also, the recent modern renovation at the Pure East created a sophisticated and alluring atmosphere.
However, when you must choose between taking a class and sitting in the renovated hallway, you will probably choose the first option. And that is exactly how you can get into trouble:
Overcrowded classes of Kay Kay Klivio or Tania Boulton are essential. Having mutual experience in Hong Kong they inherited the spirit of the tight community as well as closeness to the neighbor’s elbows and feet. You can learn how to fully immerse into this spirit while practicing your courage, your playfulness and struggling to create some more space for your poses. Pure Yoga can also offer workshops specifically created for Yoga Teachers. It will cost you an additional $4000, but you will have more space and perhaps more respect. Again, you will be referred to Kay Kay Klivio, whose specialties and self-branding is fluid and change frequently.
The Pure programing is mostly geared to attract and entertain some potential customers, but the customer service at the Pure Yoga (East) is a
disaster. “Professional customer service” is mostly an unknown concept at Pure. As soon as you delve inside the stuffy and windowless basement of the Pure Yoga studio from the sunny and freshly blooming streets be ready to meet with some giggling receptionists, a “yoga advisor” in her mini skirt, or wandering visiting lecturers. They will share about their careers and its sudden changes, their life and about how their career affected their self-images as well as how it burdened the Pure Member’s wellbeing.
It is sad that the traditional ideas of peaceful coexistence and self-learning are substituted by aggression and commerce.
If you feel that you need some deep rehabilitation after deep relaxation at the Pure, say Om (or ouch) at the end of your free or paid trials.
Customer Service at Pure Yoga East – My friend shared her impression of the NYC Pure Yoga and she told me that it is a great place to practice Yoga regardless of your level or compatibility. She gave me a couple of guest passes and I took a few (trial) complimentary classes. I would sincerely recommend it to anyone who is trying to get into the fitness world or professional yoga training. The few classes that I took seemed to be well taught, caring and know-how and as a result it has had a prolong impact on my wellbeing. However, the customer service at the East Side Pure Yoga was not as impressive if not awkward:
My friend suggested that I contact one particular Yoga professional at the East Pure Yoga for his advice regarding my membership. I called the East Side Pure Yoga but got some angry female yoga 'advisor' on the phone (Christine) who claimed that I do not need to call any other advisors but her and that she will take care of me since she is" sitting next " to the person that I was trying to reach. I felt that it was a pretty clumsy response and that it didn’t seem adequate to the amount of compassion and teamwork it has taken by the other members of the East Side Pure Yoga to get everything to a professional point. I tried to call at another time but got the same awkward experience.
I think that this sort of 'service provider' needs a tons of work. Lacking social tact and business ethics were never a key to success of any company, especially during the rough time of the economic recession.
I hope that the ignorance and the aggression of such an unfortunate worker will be melted away along with the spring streams, leaving the East Side Yoga pure, healthy, and civilized. I did not want to purchase their membership at this time, but the place is awesome, trust me.
Best Yoga Studio in NYC – I am a member at Pure and I love this place so, so much. Yes it is owned by equinox and is membership only, but they create a great sense of community- and with far less of a "Gym" feel than equinox. The best part is that they offer such a breadth of classes that I can take Hot or Iyengar or Vinyasa or Jivamukti or Restorative, etc., etc. and deepen my practice (which has grown exponentially since starting there about six months ago). I have hesitated to write a review because I didn't want it to get too crowded but after reading some of the other reviews I felt it was my duty to say something. The previous reviews all sound like they are more worried about money than Yoga, but that's crazy because there is no better Yoga for the money anywhere in New York. I joined because New York Mag said that they had the "Best Yoga" in 09' (and now 2010 as well) and Pure has not disappointed. Apparently the reason they have such great instructors is because they are one of the only studios in new york to offer health care- and it makes sense because across the board they have the best teachers in the city. And less important to me but very important to most people: they have a welcoming atmosphere/staff, clean facilities and beautiful locker rooms/showers (a rarity at other studios). Whether you are new to yoga or want to continue your practice Pure Yoga is easily the best in town.
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