TESTIMONIALS

When I started going to Zen & Yoga, I was in poor health, but not anymore. In only a few months I lost 32 pounds, my blood pressure and blood sugar levels are normal, and I can go up and down the stairs without feeling pain in my joints. Another thing, at Zen & Yoga it doesn't matter what evel you are because there are plenty of "all level" classes available and you are taught how to modify the more advanced poses. Also, aside from gentle corrections, lnobody is forcing your body into a position, which can result in injuries - your body gradually gets there on its own. I now find myself flowing into poses that I could only dream of doing when I first started. Last month, I went to California for my daughter's graduation and went to a well known yoga facility to keep my yoga practice going. I realized then that even though the classes were in a vinyasa flow as in Zen & Yoga, hey were not flowing enough - something was missing. At Zen & Yoga I feel at home. Most classes are an hour and a half long with the last 15 minutes for meditation (chabasana), which is perfect to relieve stress. I love and enjoy my yoga practice thanks to Zen & Yoga and I schedule everything else around it - my health comes first. I just had my 56th birthday and thanks to Zen & Yoga, now I can live to see many more birthdays!

                                                                                                                        -- Sandy M.

 
It's hard to believe that before I started going to yoga here, I was settling for "gym yoga", which is pretty terrible in comparison (Look - I had no idea what I was doing at the time). After my trial was up, I decided to join under the $100/month auto plan (with a 3 month minimum). It sounds like a lot at first, but as long as you are consistent - if you go even 3 times a week - you're paying less than $10 a class. It's way worth it. With a membership, you get to leave your mat there too which is really convenient because I hated toting mine around on the train. The classes are not overcrowded at all and were great as well! The schedule fits with my after work schedule really well. The instructors here are very good. Jason, the co-founder, is very nice and welcoming too! My favorite yoga instructors are Hilary and Deanna, both who have similar practices with flexibility to expand on the poses. They also teach in a flowing, start to finish manner rather than stopping the class to describe and demonstrate poses. There's no need to feel intimidated by the class "levels" here because they work the classes around everyone's physical abilities.

                                                                                                                           -- Amanda L.

My first thought after walking into the Zen and Yoga studio was that the space was beautiful! One whole wall from the reception area through the actual studio was gorgeous exposed brick. It shows that they are not only concerned with whether you attend a class but also in your participation and the quality of your experience. The class I attended was the 6pm yoga I, on Tuesday evening taught by Jason. I thought he was an exceptional teacher, telling you just want you needed to know but no more. He was easy to follow and I felt his adjustments were both helpful and able to add that slight intensity to a poise that you aren't always able to achieve on your own. I've done a lot of yoga (though I would by NO means describe myself as a head standing Gumby!) and though it's been a while since I've gone on a regular basis, I'd categorize this class as good for beginners but also a great class for people looking to ease back into a regular routine,

                                                                                                                                                  -- H. S.

I started out with the introductory offer of $40 unlimited for two weeks. It was very much worth it. I felt incredibly amazing. The atmosphere is welcoming, all the instructors and the front desk are very nice .They always have a smile on their face and greet you as you walk in. They also know everyone by name. They have different classes at different times. Instructors are very polite, very respectful and down to earth so I do not feel bad when they come around and correct by poses .I get the attention that I need. The studio is neat and has a calm atmosphere. The bathroom is always very neat. They also have a changing room. I highly recommend it.

                                                                                                                                                 -- Cathy O.

Lovely and peaceful atmosphere in the midst of the busy life of a city. Wonderful instructors...all come with the right intention of how yoga can change our lives for the better - helpful in teaching those who are new to yoga. Beautiful studio with a gentle, calming feeling. Props (blocks, bolsters, straps) are used and available to students. A varied schedule of classes - something for everyone - especially good for gentle yoga and those new to yoga or Tai Chi - one need not be shy. Come on in .....I have met wonderful new friends. Have a gentle tea afterwards

                                                                                                                                                 -- Regina D.
 

Sleuth's hometown of Central Queens, until recently rather devoid of Yoga studios, is now seeing them pop up with increasing regularity. Zen and Yoga is a very pretty studio, nestled on 71st Avenue right between Queens Boulevard and Forest Hill's famous Austin Street. As we clambered onto our mats in the cool, pristine grey Asana room, instructor Kristin Auble greeted us with a smile and asked us about our practices and any injuries (I opened up about my pesky Si joint, tender right knee, and inclination to external rotation). From there we nestled into a supported fish, letting blocks and the ground support us as we opened our heart and throat chakras. Kristin urged us to forget everything that had gone before and ignore what was to come, and simply be present in our bodies and our practice, combating stress with mindfulness.

"One of my teachers explains that you cannot control stressful situations," said Kristin as we breathed in fish pose. "We live in the real world, and stressful situations will pop up; but what we can control is our reaction to them." She explained that in cultivating mindfulness, we can become aware of what things cause us stress and how we react that to that stress.With mindfulness in, er, mind, we set our blocks to the side and commenced some light ab work. We lifted our sacrums off the mat as we bent one knee, stretched it to the sky and bent it again, repeated on each side several times. We then moved to some seated stretching, raising an arm above our heads < and leaning left, then right. Next we did a move new to me, which Kristin described as a "Suzanne Somers"-style exercise. This entailed clasping our hands to our waist and pulling our elbows in  and out—"thighmaster-style" but with our arms.
 

After some yummy rolling bridges, we came up into lunge twists, adding the variation of threading  one arm under the opposite knee. We moved to some cat-cows to warm up the spine, and Kristin discussed the importance of external rotation in our arms, to open the chest and shoulders as we brought our hips to the sky in a down dog. We then proceeded into Sun A, which Kristin took us through step-by-step the first time through.

Next, we were encouraged to try it on our own, with our own natural breath counts. Half Hanuman split saw us all perched on our blocks at the highest setting, bending our knees and straightening them out as we folded into the juicy hamstring stretch. Coming to standing poses, we chilled out in triangle as prep for the more challenging revolved triangle, where Kristin adjusted all of us to open our chests fully as our arms yearned for the back of the room.

As I struggled with my dhanurasana (bow), Kristin came over to gently pull me deeper, opening my shoulders and holding them as I achieved full expression. Afterthree increasingly heart-opening variations of Ustrasana (camel), we came to our sit bones to prepare for some hip opening. Taking our bent legs in a cradle, we rotated them in the socket, then took hold of our feet to "churn the butter." Brandishing straps, we looped one foot and stretched our legs to the sky, creating resistance by pulling on the strap with both hands. Easing up, we let the leg fall to the side, and Kristin came to give me a gentle assist, assuring that my opposite hip stayed on the mat as I yearned the other leg towards the floor.

Then we took the strap in the opposite hand, pulling the looped leg over the other in a juicy IT band stretch. After some luxurious supine twists we drifted into a long and blissful Savasana. Kristin guided us into relaxation, having us imagine a white light entering our physical bodies and calming each part one by one, from our heads to our toes. We then rose once more to join our voices in one celebratory Om. Kristin invited us to stay after class for questions, and we had a wonderful talk about my hip and knee issues; I left more "mindful" of my body's needs and eager to return to class with her at Zen and Yoga for more fuel for the body and soul.

                                                                                 -- Jim Catapano from yogacitynycdev.com