Free NYC: Union Square Sweat Fest! Feb 9-15
The Union Square Partnership (@UnionSquareNY) is thrilled to announce their third annual UNION SQUARE SWEAT FEST, a week-long event series highlighting the district’s vibrant health + fitness scene.
With more than 1,000 participants last year, Sweat Fest’s lineup has been expanded to showcase over 65 event partners at 40+ fitness activities.
The event schedule includes complimentary workouts at the district’s best athleisure retailers + top gyms, “drenching” paid studio classes with swag, a dynamic line-up of kids fitness, as well as plenty of giveaways + a social media contest.
#USQSweatFest classes have a limited capacity + are made available on a first-come, first-served basis
Some classes are complimentary + some require advance purchase + sign-up through the #USQSweatFest website or via a link to the studio’s website
Purchased classes are typically “drenched” with swag as indicated in the class description
Check the event schedule for changes + updates
SPECIAL OPENING + CLOSING EVENTS
Sweat Fest kicks off on Thursday, February 9th with a launch party featuring Sound Off™ + Insider Insights at the W New York – Union Square. Using wireless headsets, enjoy an immersive soul yoga experience led by Julie Serow of Laughing Lotus while renowned DJ Lety Love spins beats. Stay after for exclusive giveaways, healthy refreshments, and a wellness + beauty collective.
Close out the week with us on Wednesday, February 15th with a special yoga class + wellness celebration at GrowNYC’s beautiful new event space, Project Farmhouse. Led by internationally renowned yoga teacher Kat Fowler of Kat Fowler Yoga and Yoga Vida, you’ll experience 60 minutes of calming practice followed by healthy bites + drinks, and exciting swag + giveaways.
Looking to change up your workout routine or sample a new class or studio? Sweat Fest showcases a variety of local workout venues, instructors + classes. The schedule includes activities for all levels at the neighborhood’s favorite gyms, retail stores + boutique studios.
Check out Yoga Vida’s Yoga Flow and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at JackRabbit, or sample new workouts like Friday Night Power Hour at SWITCH Playground and Train like a BOSS at HUB seventeen. Bring Young Tigers to Bo Law Kung Fu, have a date night learning Tango at the 14th Street Y, or recover with Mindfulness Meditation at The Rubin Museum of Art.
No matter what you’re looking for, #USQSweatFest can help you find it.
This year, we’ve expanded the line-up to include children’s yoga, dance, ballet, martial arts + family swim. Check the schedule for class descriptions, recommended age levels, sign-up instructions + cost.
SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTION + GIVEAWAYS
We’re giving away awesome swag throughout the week thanks to our event partners. To participate in our social media contest, follow us @UnionSquareNY on Twitter + Instagram and tag your #USQSweatFest photos from February 9th – 16th.
Stay in touch with us for the latest @UnionSquareNY news, including our summer schedule of free outdoor fitness offerings in Union Square Park, by signing-up for our e-newsletter.
MomStyle: 5 Ways To Beat The Cold With The Kids In NYC
So, it’s FREEZING here in NYC again, and that means no braving it on the playground. Having the temps drop means having to figure out indoor spots to entertain the littles. There are always the great standbys like The Museum of Natural History and Children’s Museum of Manhattan, but here are a few of my neighborhood favorites (& ways to save when visiting).
CMA- The Children’s Museum of Art offers classes and activities for children of all ages. Kids can paint, color, play in their bouncy ball gym and enjoy creative art exhibits. Thursday afternoons are “pay as you wish” and a perfect opportunity to visit and check out the offerings.
Karma Kids Yoga: I LOVE my yoga and Karma Kids has the most offerings for the little ones. With two studios centrally located not far from Union Square, they offer kids yoga and dance classes, mommy & me and pre-natal classes, and fun events and themed classes like Shark Yoga and Pajama Glow-In-The-Dark Yoga. They also have a great FREE story time twice a week and discounted community classes.
Integral Yoga: Another great yoga class for kids. Instructor Lakshmi Pidel takes toddlers (and moms) through simple poses using singing, music and props to enliven the experience. Classes are 45 minutes and just under $20. You can also try it out for FREE (first timers only), and the studio is included in my favorite yogi money saving resource, the Yoga Passbook, so you can access two more classes using that.
NY Public Library: The NYPL offers a variety of toddler and baby classes and story times. The Hudson Park branch used to be our go-to (they had a great big play area with lots of toys), but they are closed for renovations until spring (hmgh) so we’ve been heading over to Jefferson Market for story time which is a fun hour of stories and crafts. Libraries throughout the city are a great FREE resource and programs are offered throughout the year.
YMCA: I wish I had known all the great stuff the Y offers sooner! They have programs for kids– from swim to dance to pre-school prep classes, all at a very competitive price– in fact cheaper than anywhere else around the city. You can sign up for classes alone (most require commitment for a term), or join as a member and take advantage of the gym, pool and other amenities. My local Y is super nice with state of the art work out equipment, group fitness classes and (most importantly) Child Watch services that allow parents to drop off their little ones to be watched while they work out…for free.
Want more MomStyle? Check outMommyhoodTake1.com
Nov 7 & 8 : Tough Mudder comes to the Tri State Area (promo code discount!)
If getting down and dirty is your idea of a good time, Tough Mudder is coming to the area and ready to challenge you. Exhilarating obstacles and a strong emphasis on team building and fun can be found at Liberty State Park (just a 30m ride from NYC) on the weekend of Nov. 7 & 8
Our NYC go-to fitness spot Equinox, has also partnered with Tough Mudder to offer a 30% discount using the code EquinoxMudder.
10, 0000 Yogis Expected To Take Over Central Park For Lole White Tour
Tomorrow expect a little more zen to be radiating out of Central Park.
Montreal-based activewear brand Lole is rolling out its signature yellow yoga mats for the 2015 Lole White Tour™, an unforgettable series of yoga events in cities around the globe. Tomorrow a spectacular session in New York’s Central Park is expected to attract as many as 10,000 participants this September.
This series of yoga events invites thousands of yogis and yoginis, from beginners to expert, to dress in white – the color of peace — and experience the unifying spirit of yoga. Each event is guided by famed yoga instructors (tomorrow expect to see Elena Brower, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee), and accompanied by world-renowned musicians, providing a truly uplifting experience for the body and soul.
“This international scope reflects our brand’s essence and celebrates the exceptional in all of us,” said Bernard Mariette, President and CEO of Lole. ” My deepest wish is to hold these special sessions in places where the flow of the event itself and the beautiful, inspirational qualities of the site are at their most authentic and powerful.”
ADMISSION is FREE, but The Lole White Tour is a popular event and places go quickly. Reserve your place at lolewomen.com. All participants will receive a souvenir Lole yoga mat to use during the event and keep afterwards.
Upcoming Events: Rooftop Eats With Local Creative + Yoga Feast With Farm To Yoga
If you haven’t checked out Brooklyn Grange and all of it’s awesomeness yet, here are two great events to add to your calendar.
Summer Cooking with Local Creative
Friday JUNE 12, 2015
Join Local Creative for an evening atop the beautiful Brooklyn Grange rooftop learning about seasonal produce and urban farming. The night will start off with a walking tour of the Farm, that will be led by the team at Brooklyn Grange. They will share with us their knowledge of what is growing, and what we will be eating. We will then share in preparing a raw foods meal together with vegetables straight from the Farm.
Menu will consist of a shiso, avocado & citrus salad, over arugula accompanied with a Summer grain salad featuring mint, radishes, and pea shoots. Refreshments will be handed out for the farm tour, and served with dinner.
After the meal, we will all enjoy in a refreshing sorrel popsicle as we watch the sun set over the city and enjoy in each others company.
Summer Cooking with Local Creative
WHEN: Friday June 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Navy Yard Farm
Flushing Avenue & Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Buy tickets to Summer Cooking with Local Creative and Brooklyn Grange here.
Brooklyn Grange + Farm To Yoga
Sunday June 14th, 2015 – 3pm-7:30pm
Join us for a day of leisure and nourishment at the Brooklyn Grange. Tour the rooftop fields of veggies and learn about the source of your meal. Relax overlooking the city with a yoga class led by Elena Brower on the rooftop deck, accompanied by the serenades of Aya and Tyler. Following yoga, enliven your body with a super fresh, organic, farm-to-fork meal grown at the Brooklyn Grange and prepared by the dynamic husband-and-wife chef duo Hannah Gruber and Rusty Zimmerman.
Date: Jun 14, 2015 3:00 PM
Full experience $108.00 ($112.77 w/service fee)
Use promo code for KALE YEAH 10% 0ff
This Weekend: MAYFEST – The Ultimate Music, Art & Yoga Festival
Catskill Chill and SkyBaby Studio Present
May 22-24, 2015
Surprise Lake Camp l Cold Spring, NY
The folks behind Catskill Chill and SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates Studio have announced a brand new festival, MAYfest. Billed as A homegrown Hudson Valley Festival where everyone gets to go back to camp with the most amazing “counselors” in the industry, MAYfest is a two day – three night, family-friendly music, art and yoga festival. Located at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY (the middle of the scenic Hudson Valley), it is only about an hour drive or train ride from Manhattan. MAY is an acronym for Music, Art & Yoga, and through these three pursuits, festival goers will immerse themselves into their yoga practice, their love for music and their desire to explore their creative side. Attendees can spend the entire weekend at the serene lakeside setting, visit for the day, or just come at night for the music.
MAYfest features free parking, free camping, craft and food vendors, meal plans, and multiple on-site cabin rental options. Nestled on a lake in the Hudson Valley mountains, this secluded sleepaway camp is the perfect setting for a true getaway.
During the day, patrons will be able to select from a variety of classes, workshops, or outdoor activities. Yoga classes from both world renowned and local instructors will be offered from sunrise to sunset, in multiple locations. Creative art classes, provided by local non-profit Garrison Arts Center, include landscape painting, origami, book-making and block printing. Renown yoga photographer Robert Sturman will also hold multiple workshops on the art of photographing yoga. There are many options for festival goers to choose from to fill their daily schedule, including Standup Paddleboard Yoga on the beautiful Mountain lake, guided hikes to beautiful mountaintop views, meditation classes and nutrition workshops. Family programming takes place at the “kid’s canteen”, where kids can play table and board games, play basketball on the outdoor court,
An amazing lineup of musical acts will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, giving attendees a chance to let loose after a day of practice and study.
Tickets are currently available. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.mayfestny.com
Twittler + Instagram: @MAYfestNY l #MAYfest
2015 MAYfest lineup:
MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY:
MC Yogi – Nahko & Medicine for the People – DJ Drez and Marti Nikko – DJ Hyfi
Red Baraat – Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds – Ryan Montbleau – Consider the Source
The Primate Fiasco – Natalie Cressman – The Funky Dawgz Brass Band – The Brummy Brothers
The Breakneck Boys – Tall County – Natalie Forteza
Amanda Giacomini – Ashika Gogna – Bettina Utz – Dani Locastro – DJ Drez
John Smrtic – Julian Paik – Justin Wolfer – Kate Perna – Kelly Kamm – Linda Winnick
Marti Nikko – Martina Enschede – Mary Mashburn – Melia Marzollo – MC Yogi
Nadiya Nottingham – Olgu Merandy – Sadie Nardini – Sonia Loring – Vanessa Alfano
ART WORKSHOPS BY:
Robert Sturman – The Garrison Art Center
Adrienne Goss – Bradford Teasdale – Jesse Merandy – Jonathan Kruk – Kelley Amadei of Sparkshift
Maeve Eng-Wong – SkyBaby Restorative Rhythms Ensemble – Suzi Tortora
April 30-May 3: Attend YOGA IS – Yoga’s Largest Online Conference
Looking for a way to deepen your yoga practice and tap into some of the world’s leading experts to gain inspiration? YOGA IS (yi.yoga), the largest online yoga conference ever from April 30th – May 3rd. The conference will take you on a journey of self discovery and get inspiration to find your vibrancy. Anyone can attend online, expanding the yoga community and bringing everyone together to practice.
To register online:
What to expect:
4 days of intensive inspiring and transformational classes from world renowned yoga gurus so you can Gather, Transform, and Thrive
30 classes total, 30 minutes each
8 videos/day containing two main sections to each class:
an interview with the teacher
and an immediate follow up class that will relate to the content of the interview
A total of 60 hours of classes that will lead you on the path to discover your most vibrant self!
A few noted Instructors classes to look forward to:
Seane Corn: Bridging the gap between yoga, transformation and social justice
Dr. Sara Gottfried: Budokon®Yoga – Hip & Heart Opening
Kathryn Budig: Aim True
Ashley Turner: YOGA FOR A BROKEN HEART
Dharma Mittra: Yogic Techniques For Instant Energy
For more information go or to register go to their website HERE.
Yoga Journal Live! April 23-27
Calling all Yogis! Bring your practice to a deeper level, network with like-minded yogis and get inspired at this year’s Yoga Journal Live.
For over 18 years, Yoga Journal LIVE has provided the unique top-notch educational opportunity for yoga practitioners of all levels, from all over the world, to experience Yoga Journal Magazine LIVE! Attendees come to explore new styles, get inspired and connect with our top-tier roster of highly regarded yoga teachers and luminaries. Yoga Journal LIVE – held in Colorado, New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Florida – feature classes, panels, keynotes, intensives and a Yoga Marketplace with products and services for healthy balanced living.
The NY event will take place April 23-27, and registration is now open!
For more information or to register for NY Yoga Journal Live click here.
Go Local: Shop “Little Brooklyn” At Union Square
We’ve all seen the holiday markets that pop up around the city this time of year. Chelsea Market, Lincoln Square and Bryant Park and more all boast festive little shops that give us an opportunity to buy unique gifts and support local businesses.
This year, the Union Square Holiday Market and UrbanSpace have expanded the “Little Brooklyn” section of the market, which spotlights all local goods from across the Brooklyn Bridge. Notable “Little Brooklyn” vendors include Pepper Press, Brooklyn Brew Shop, Brooklyn Charm, Rockstar Revolution and many more.
UrbanSpace has also designed a new interactive art installation specifically for the 2014 market, called Hope Notes Fountain. Located on the west side of the market, the installation will be a vessel for market visitors to display positive messages of holiday cheer and make donations to Just Food, an organization that empowers and supports community-led efforts to increase access to locally grown food.
The Union Square Holiday Market will be open from Thursday, November 20th until Wednesday, December 24th; market hours are 11:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 8:00pm Saturday, and 11:00am to 7:00pm Sunday. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day.
For more information, please visit http://urbanspacenyc.com/union-square- holiday-market/.