Thursday, July 20, 2017

Get Your Down Dog On For the Elephants: Free Yoga At The Bronx Zoo

September 14, 2016 by  
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Another great Yoga Journal event is coming to NYC. They’re teaming up with the 96 Elephants Campaign and invite you to the first-ever Yogis for Ellies event!

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the Bronx Zoo. The event will feature free yoga classes with Tao Porchon-Lynch, Kristin McGee, and Bethany Lyons in honor of the 96 elephants who are lost every day.

Click here to RSVP for the FREE event.

Join us and help raise awareness and support for elephants through yoga. This free event will include open Bronx Zoo animal exhibits such as Madagascar!, Zoo Center, and the Sea Lion Pool (with a special feeding!).

If you’re in the area, we hope you’ll come and invite your friends to join too! Free admission and parking will be provided, and complimentary snacks and refreshments will be served. Be sure to BYO yoga mat!

Please click here to RSVP by Monday, September 19, to secure your spot.

Together, at this first Yogis for Ellies event with our friends at the 96 Elephants Campaign, we hope to honor the 96 elephants who are killed every day for their ivory.

Thank you for making your practice count.


City Find: Boomerang On Demand Laundry Service (& Discount!)

August 4, 2015 by  
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boomerang nyc laundryicon_roundedThere are many things I love about NYC, but living in a 6 floor walk up is NOT one of them. Laundry also doesn’t top my list of favorites seeing that our apartment washing machine is minuscule, and the idea of lugging laundry and dry cleaning down (and more importantly back UP) the stairs ranks right up there with having my teeth cleaned.

boomerang cleaningFortunately, I just discovered a dry cleaning and laundry life-saver in Boomerang NYC. The new on-demand service will come to your doorstep (yes, up all those stairs), take away your dirties and deliver them back all with the press of a button on their amazingly easy app. They truly are on-demand, needing only a half hour lead time on pick up and drop offs (how that is even possible I don’t know), and, to top it all off, their delivery people are super nice (yes, smiles despite 90 degree stairwells), the dry cleaning is delivered in custom boomerang hanging bags, their prices are ridiculously competitive and they give back to charity!! Boom!

Incase you need a little more incentive to give them a try (and because they really are super cool), they’re extending a special discount to all my peeps.

Get $20 off your first order by entering the promo code

Just download the app here to get started, and check one more thing off your laundry list.



OM(G): FREE & Cheap Outdoor Yoga In & Around NYC

May 25, 2015 by  
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It’s that time of year again, and we are so excited for all the FREE and totally inexpensive options when it comes to getting our OM on outside! Take a look at the amazing lineup of outdoor yoga classes throughout the NYC area. Get out, and get OMing!

meatpacking yoga cobbles

Classes on the Cobbles: Meatpacking Yoga is Back! The Meatpacking District Improvement association will offer free monthly workout classes from Exhale Spa, Lululemon, Chelsea Piers and Asics. The free outdoor classes, which include Yoga, Krav Maga, yoga and Zumba, take place on Gansevoort Plaza and start on May 22 and end on Sept. 25. RSVP is recommended.

Yoga in McCarren Park Meet-Up 6:45pm
Every Wednesday April 29, 2015-End of Year
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Yoga and Tai Chi 10am-11am Check Schedule for Times $25
May through October
Wave Hill, West 249th St, Bronx

Yoga in Central Park Meet-Up 2:30pm
Every Saturday May 2, 2015-End of Year 2015
Central Park Loop – Access at 72nd St and 5th Ave.

Adult and Family Yoga Wednesdays-Saturdays Check Website for Times Suggested Donation $5
May 6, 2015-August 29, 2015
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Four Freedoms Park, Southern Tip of Roosevelt Island

Yoga in Wagner Park, Battery Park City 6pm-7pm
Every Wednesday May 6, 2015-Sept 30, 2015
North of Historic Battery Park, off Battery Place

Yoga in Socrates Sculpture Park
Every Saturday May 9, 2015-September 26, 2015 9:30-10:30am and 11am-12pm
Every Sunday May 10, 2015-September 27, 2015 10am-11am
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd and Broadway in Long Island City, Queens

Yoga in Bryant Park
Tuesday Mornings May 10, 2015-September 22, 2015 10am-11am Upper Terrace
Thursday Evenings May 21, 2015-September 24, 2015 6pm-7pm Lawn
42nd St between Fifth and Sixth Ave

Healthy on the Hudson: Lole Yoga/Fitist Meetup 6:30pm
Every Tuesday June 2, 2015-August 18, 2015
Hudson River Park, Pier 25, N. Moore St, Tribeca

Healthy on the Hudson: Lole/Fitist Meetup 6:30pm
Every Wednesday June 3, 2015-August 19, 2015
Hudson River Park, Pier 46, Charles St, Greenwich Village

Yoga in Riverside Park-Summer on the Hudson: Evening Salute to the Sun
Every Wednesday June 3, 2015-September 30, 2015  6:30pm-7:30pm
Riverside Park, Plaza at 66th St

Sunrise Abhaya Yoga 7:30am
Every Monday June 8, 2015-July 27, 2015
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6

Yoga on the Beach 8am-9am
Every Saturday June 20, 2015-September 5, 2015
Beach 108th Street in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens

Yoga Solstice in Times Square June 21, 2015 Multiple Sessions

Parents and Me Yoga 9am
Every Saturday June 21, 2015-August 7, 2015
Abby’s Lawn, Fort Tryon Park, Riverside Dr To Broadway, W 192 St To Dyckman St

Awaiting 2015 Gantry Park and Astoria Park Schedule



Tai Chi & Martial Arts 10am Suggested Donation $5
Mondays, April 6, 2015-September 28, 2015
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Four Freedoms Park, Southern Tip of Roosevelt Island

Tai Chi in Battery Park City 8:30am-9:30am
Every Friday May 1, 2015-October 30, 2015

Tai Chi at Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument in Riverside Park, Summer on the Hudson 8am-9am
Every Sunday from May 3, 2015-August 16, 2015
89th St and Riverside Dr

Tai Chi in Socrates Sculpture Park 11am-12pm
Every Sunday May 10, 2015-September 27, 2015
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd and Broadway in Long Island City, Queens

Tai Chi at the Highline 9:30am-10:30am
Every Tuesday June-September 2015
The High Line at West 12th Street



Summer on the Hudson: Pilates in the Park 6:30pm-7:30pm
Every Tuesday between June 2, 2015-August 25, 2015
Riverside Park, The Plaza at 66th St

Shape Up NYC: Zumba Fitness with Maxie 7pm-8pm
Every Tuesday June 30, 2015-August 4, 2015
Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens

Zumba Under the Stars with Lisa G aka RockaZumbaWay 7:30pm-8:45pm
Every Thursday July 2, 2015-August 26,2015
Seaside Playground, Beach Channel Dr, Rockaway Park

Outdoor Zumba 5pm-6pm
Every Thursday July 2, 2015-August 6,2015
George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Queens

the rise


The Rise, *FREE* Outdoor Fitness in NYC
*High Intensity Interval Training, Washington Square Park, Mondays at 6:30am
*Kickass Brooklyn Workout, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park North, Tuesdays at 6:30am
*Core Body Workout, Bryant Park Library Terrace, Wednesdays at 6:30am
*Kings of Queens Workout, MacDonald Park, Forest Hills, Queens Thursdays at 6:30am
*Hill Repeats on the Willy B, Williamsburg Bridge, Fridays at 6:30am

Shape Up NYC Cardio Toning 12pm-1pm
Every Friday between until the end of the year
Audubon Center at the Boathouse in Prospect Park, Near the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, Brooklyn

Broadway Dance Workouts 10am
Every Monday May 4, 2015-August 3, 2015
Pier 5, 334 Furman St, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Central Park Circuit 6:30pm-7:30pm
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening May 12, 2015-June 18, 2015 and July 7, 2015 -August 27, 2015
East Meadow, East Side from 97th to 100th Street

Ballet Barre 7pm
June 8, 15, 22, 29 2015
Pier 6 Lawns, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Om At A Discount: Free & Cheap Yoga in NYC

February 17, 2015 by  
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If you want to attend yoga on a regular basis, it could get a little pricy. However, you can get your om on at some great studios around the city on the cheap!  Scouring deal sites like Groupon & Living Social are one way, and, of course the Yoga Passbook is another good one. But, there are also plenty of places you can simply stroll in (at the right time) and get your downward dog on at a DEEP discount…or FREE! 
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So many fitness studios (yoga included) will let you try your first class for free. Here are just a few,but if you have somewhere you’ve been dying to get into, just call and ask. Quite often they’ll be happy to throw a class your way, in exchange for sitting down with a membership rep or taking a tour.  Also, first timers often get great indicatory deals so  if you’re a newbie take advantage of those too!

Pure Yoga
             First class free!
Yoga Works
              First week free! 
Elahi Yoga
First class free
Swanand Yoga Studio
First class free!
92nd Street Y
Free day pass
Green Fitness Studio
Free day pass
Crunch Fitness
Free day pass available online
Ashtanga Yoga Shala
Free intro class
Physique 57
Second class free
Boom Fitness Free3-day trial
Bally Total FitnessFree 7-day trial
Dolphin FitnessFree 7-day trial 

Classes by Donation

Class by donation is very common in Yoga. Whether it’s just part of the buddhist tradition of going back, or a chance for studios to test out new teachers who have just come out of the teacher training programs, “pay what you wish” classes are commonplace. Some, like Yoga Vida even give a portion of what’s donated to charity.

Yoga Vida
           pay what you wish anne 50% is donated

Vajradhara Meditation Center
$5 requested donation for open meditations
All classes are donation-based
Giving Nature Center
All classes by donation
Brooklyn Yoga School
All classes by donation ($5 minimum)
David Kaplan Martial Arts
All classes donation based
New York Insight Meditation
Classes by donation
Siddha Yoga Meditation
Classes by donation
The Community Meditation Center
Classes by donation
USA Devananda
Classes by donation
Williamsburg Zen Center
Classes by donation
Yoga Vedanta Mission
Classes by donation
City Life Wellness
Most yoga classes are by donation. Month pass includes 10% off workshops and healing.
Shambhala Meditation Center
Suggested donation $10
The Village Zendo
Suggested donation $10
Yoga to the People
Suggested donation $10
Suggested donation $11
Do Yoga Do Pilates
Suggested donation $12

Classes for
$10 and Less

“Community” classes are offered throughout the city and often half the price of the studios regular classes. They are held at specific times each week so make sure to check studio schedules closely.

Yoga Solace Club
Studio Yada
Tara B. Yoga (at New York Jiu Jitsu)
Yoga to the People
The Village Zendo
Shambhala Meditation Center
Loom Yoga Center
ITTIam Yoga
Brooklyn Boulders
Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Thai Yoga Bodywork
Yoga Solace Club
Now Yoga
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
The Giving Tree
Viva Vinyasa
Yoga Yoga
Hosh Dou
BellaVita Fitness & Wellness
$0.00 (community classes)
Starseed Yoga
$0.00 (community classes)
Loom Yoga Center
$5.00 (community classes)
Integral Yoga Institute
$5.00 (community classes)
Greenhouse Holistic
$5.00 (community classes)
Green Fitness Studio
$5.00 (community classes)
The Shala Yoga House
$5.00 (community classes)
Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Thai Yoga Bodywork
$5.00 (community classes)
OM Yoga Center
$5.00 (community classes)
Starr Space
$6.00 (community classes)
Shambhala Yoga & Dance
$6.00 (community classes)
Yoga Solace Club
$7.00 (community classes)
Breathing Project
$7.00 (community classes)
Abhyasa Yoga Center
$8.00 (community classes)
Your-Movement Wellness Center
$8.00 (community classes)
Sonic Yoga
$8.00 (community classes)
Black River Dance
$8.00 (community classes)
Yoga High
$8.00 (community classes)
Sapere Studio
$10.00 (community classes)
Sapere Studio
$10.00 (community classes)
The Yoga Room
$10.00 (community classes)
East Yoga
$10.00 (community classes)
Karma Kids Yoga
$10.00 (community classes)
Lucky Lotus Yoga
$10.00 (community classes)
Sangha Yoga Shala
$10.00 (community classes)

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Last Minute LOCAL Gifts For Everyone On Your List

December 22, 2014 by  
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So, recently we strolled through the Union Square Holiday Market and found a slew of great vendors. At first sight all those little huts can be a bit overwhelming, so here are a few of my favorites for everyone on your list (hey, you don’t have much time left!)


20141218_150557ONURTH-- a beautiful line of organic skincare products. From gorgeous gift sets to simple stocking stuffers (the lip balm is a favorite), this company keeps it pure and simple. An organic belief system is threaded throughout every aspect of Onurth – from the use of fair trade ingredients from prideful farms, to recyclable and biodegradable packaging, the nature of this line emit’s an inescapable aura. Based out of Hudson, NY, this small company has great products for all.


20141218_151343Punkster: Perfect for the new mom or dad or their little punkster. Punkster is rockin’ the wee world with their line of cute & cheeky slogans on 100% organic cotton tees & “punkies.”  Their shirts are designed to elicit smiles with their cheeky, charming expressions. With an organic feel and muted earth tones, Punkster is the perfect gift for parents and their newest additions.

20141218_151135Dap Kitcsh: Looking for an original gift for the man in your life? Ever dreamed of owning a beetled bow tie?  Dap Kitcsh has a assortment of unique hand-made bow ties sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. This Brooklyn based company is a pop-up so get them while you can (limited varieties sold online).

brooklyn charmBrooklyn Charm: Another BK favorite. Design your own jewelry for the one you love! Customize your own charm bracelet or necklace as a great, inexpensive gift idea. Choose from a huge variety of bronx charms and create a totally unique, personalized gift.





Five Holiday Festivities (& Discounts) The Whole Family Will Love

December 17, 2014 by  
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New York is the place to be during the holidays. From the Tree Lighting at Rockefeller to The Rockettes at Radio City, this city is one that knows how to celebrate big! Aside from these classic holiday events, we found a few more that are fun for the whole family.

slice of brooklyn

A Slice Of Brooklyn Cristmas Lights & Cannoli Tour: This 3 1/2 hour holiday tour highlights the festive homes of Dyker Heights, the Italian-American section of Brooklyn made famous in the PBS documentary “Dyker Lights” and seen on TLC’s “Crazy Christmas Lights”. You’ll also visit the festive homes in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Included is a stop for a delicious cannoli and hot chocolate from an authentic, Brooklyn neighborhood pastry shop! The multimedia presentation includes vintage Christmas variety specials like Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and more!


holiday train show

Holiday Train Show At Botanical Gardens: I recently took my little one to see this must-see New York tradition where enchanting model trains zip past popular landmarks under the twinkling glow of the magical Haupt Conservatory. Step into a city in miniature featuring more than 150 iconic buildings, all re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials. Marvel at G-scale trains humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on a quarter-mile of track as they enliven this cherished holiday experience.  When you’re finished at the Conservatory, stop by the kid’s center for holiday activities for the little one. Well worth the trip! Look out for added discounts on tickets using promo codes or and special member discounts (AAA, Mastercard, etc).

How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Who doesn’t love a little Doctor Suess during the holidays? This classic is running at MSG, and is one that is great for kids of all ages. Watch as this record-breaking Broadway production returns to New York and tells the story of the mean-spirited Grinch and warms hearts of all ages. Discounted tickets can also be found on Goldstar, Living Social and more!



The Nutcracker (for any budget): This holiday classic brings the magic of Christmas to the stage. A holiday tradition for many families, The New York City Ballet performs this wonder every year at Lincoln Center. But, there are also a plethora of other performances thoughout the NYC area, with some geared towards kids, and tickets can be found at a much more budget-friendly price point. Check out this great list of performances at



Holiday Markets: Who doesn’t love a good holiday market? Buy gifts for the whole family in enchanting marketplaces throughout the city. Get in the holiday spirit, eat great food, and find unique gifts– all while supporting local businesses. Enjoy free ice skating at Bryant Park‘s outdoor market, or check out “Little Brooklyn” in Union Square. No matter where you head, the spirit of the holidays will be there.




Halloween For The Healthy: NYC Deals & Discounts (Yoga, Spa & More)

October 29, 2013 by  
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Halloween isn’t necessarily a healthy holiday, but some of our favorite city spots are making it that way! Here are some healthy ways to celebrate at a discount.

pure yoga halloween

PURE YOGA:  Pure Yoga is celebrating Halloween a little early with $15 yoga and Figure 4 barre classes on Wednesday, October 30.  In addition to yoga, Pure will be offering treats from Vosges Chocolate and red wine from Serendipity Wines. More details here.

EXHALE SPA:  Looking to brighten things up this halloween? Exhale is offering a big discount on their POWER FACIAL. After all those masks and makeup, you can repair and rejuvenate your skin with their signature Power Facial for $170 (that’s a $75 savings)! More details here .

UPLIFT STUDIOS:   Give back this week, by attending a fabulously healthy charity event on Wednesday, October 30.  Emily Cook Harris, the trainer and founder of EMpowered, will be teaching her signature boot camp called Recess and all proceeds will benefit She’s the First. Attendees will get goodie bags and chances to win raffle prizes. A real treat! More details here. 

emerginC dealEMERGINC: Gently but effectively removes DEAD skin cells and rough skin, to help reveal a more vibrant, even-toned complexion.

Receive a FREE Micro-Scrub when you purchase any emerginC cleanser and toner from now until Halloween (October 31st).

Please visit to redeem and check out the entire line of cleansers and toners.



FusionFest: Free Core Fusion Classes At Exhale!

May 21, 2013 by  
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As a leader in barre fitness they’ve been toning and tightening for 10 years and want you to be part of the celebration! Join exhale and Women’s Health for a nationwide Core Fusion party and make May 22 your most hard core day of the year.

Wednesday, May 22


Free classes | DJs | Lite Bites | Giveaways | Appearances from The Next Fitness Star finalists | And more!

Participating  locations: 

exhale Atlanta  |  exhale Back Bay  |  exhale Battery Wharf  |  exhale Bridgehampton | exhale Central Park South | exhale Chicago
exhale Dallas | exhale Gramercy  |  exhale Meatpacking  |  exhale Miami  |  exhale Soho  |  exhale Santa Monica  |  exhale Stamford
exhale Upper East Side  |  BASK by exhale Atlantic City



Deals & Steals: Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tours

May 20, 2013 by  
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Today’s city food find (or should we say findS) is a guided tour from the experts at Urban Oysters that highlights some of the city’s best and most innovative culinary artisans. We found this deal from our friends at Gilt, but hurry, it ends in a couple days!


  • Guided tour of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill for two
  • Food tasting
  • Map of the neighborhood
Terms and Conditions

What we love

  • Get a first-hand immersion in Brooklyn’s artisanal food culture with this comprehensive tour, which will take you along Smith and Court streets and through the surrounding neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill.
  • With a vibrant collection of small, locally owned food shops and restaurants, Brooklyn’s culinary landscape is rich for exploration—so come hungry.
  • During the three-hour tour, you’ll visit both old and new spots, experiencing a mix of traditional and innovative flavors along the way.
  • Italian and Middle Eastern mom-and-pop shops offer a tasty lesson in culinary history, while the growing crop of New American restaurants demonstrates the neighborhood’s evolving food scene.


What to know

  • Redeem by: Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • 72-hour cancellation policy
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance
  • Offer is final sale and non-refundable
  • Must be 21 or over to attend; valid government ID required
  • Available every Friday from 11 AM–2 PM Saturday from 1–4 PM
  • Each tour allows up to 16 people
  • Subject to availability; please book well in advance of desired date

About Urban Oyster

Urban Oyster was founded on the belief that around every street corner lies a treasured resource. Taking their name from the bivalves that used to proliferate in New York Harbor (before pollution decimated their population), this group of tour guides, city obsessives and food-and-wine enthusiasts hope to show everyone that local neighborhoods should be explored, respected and celebrated as part of a vibrant urban economy and community. Whether exploring borough breweries on a craft beer crawl, enjoying a strolling lunch through the food carts of Midtown or sipping vintages produced at Brooklyn Winery, the company offers dynamic hands-on tours and events that help New Yorkers grow more connected to the small-batch treasures around them.
  • Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tours
  • Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tours
  • Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tours
  • Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tours


Pilates,Yoga & More At A Steal: This Week’s NYC Fitness Deals

March 14, 2013 by  
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Grab and go fitness deals for you busy New Yorkers…. what’s better than that? This week our friends at Fitmapped found us some of the city’s top fitness deals.



Pilates Shop/Yoga Garage
 Pilates Shop Yoga Garage – An uptown rehabilitative locale. May be good to consider if for the UW-siders.
Bonstar Fitness

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Crunch Fitness




The Fifth Line – Pilates, Gyrotonic and Yoga in BK at a ‘steal’ of a price. Thumbs up!

$15 Tower, Gyrotonic or TRX Class or Grab a Three-Pack for $39 at The Fifth Line  via  Lifebooker:
Discount 57% off Regularly$35
Loot Price $15


FiTMAPPED is a directory of fitness studios and gyms designed to make it easier to find the right fitness studio or gym to fit your goals, schedule, budget and in the a location that is convenient for you. Our directory includes all studios big or small, zen-like or hardcore, pricey or on the cheap.  From nearby studios you never knew existed to the trendiest new gym across town, FiTMAPPED makes it easy to explore the many fitness options available in your city. No excuses!



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