Across the street from the TriBeCa Grand Hotel sits the Burlesque Building, a historical landmark that was built in 1912. Inside this wonderful old building, the new downtown studio, Lyons Den Power Yoga opened its doors last Thursday at 279 Church Street.
Wondering if NYC needs another studio? This one is different.
Classes will be taught in the style of Baron Baptiste Power Yoga, an athletic form of vinyasa practiced in the heat, about 90 to 95 degrees. Founder Bethany Lyons says, “This practice is for all walks, incredibly adaptable and brings a challenge that will appeal, move and ultimately take New Yorkers to the next level. Our vision is to empower our community to be unstoppable on and off the mat and lead their lives with integrity and courage through the practice of yoga.”
Founded by Baron Baptiste over 20 years ago, this yoga style is grounded in the physical but supported by the practices of meditation and self-inquiry. These tools are used as a means of transformation so that students gain the confidence to live their most authentic lives. Baron himself studied with BKS Iyengar and Bikram Choudhury and is influenced by the teachings of Pattabhi Jois. A modern practice steeped in ancient teachings, Baptiste yoga is accessible to all levels of students. From beginners to athletes to parents and to teachers, those who are willing to face themselves on the mat find the inspiration to ignite their lives.
Open seven days a week, a mix of several classes from Power Basics to Power Beats, a rockin’ hot vinyasa class have begun, in the sunlit studio facing Church Street. With big windows and one of the original red brick walls in the front, this studio will be a den for those willing to commit to their best life. Not to mention the bamboo floors, lockers, showers, and of course, retail. Sweatshirts with thumbholes, please!
This husband and wife team has a great deal of experience. Bethany’s husband, John Murray, who is Vice President of Operations for David Burke Kitchen, is also a yogi and has attended numerous Baptiste trainings. He is the numbers guy. Bethany, a classically trained ballet dancer, turned yogi, turned Soul Cycle instructor, has served in multiple roles over eleven years with Crunch gym. She has studied with Baron Baptiste and the Baptiste community since 2007, participating in or assisting twelve Baptiste programs.
“We are building a community of badass teachers,” Bethany says. “We’re tight and supportive and I only want to hire Baptiste trained instructors. Several are from New York, but some are moving here from other parts of the country where Baptiste is already flourishing - like Seattle and Boston. We will also be the home studio to Paige Elenson, founder of Africa Yoga Project. New Yorkers will include yours truly, John my husband, and Lisa Dawn Angerame. My assistant studio manager, who is also a teacher, has even relocated here from Texas to be a part of this adventure! “Expect big things from this studio. You are going to hear them roar!
Pricing: First time student special 30-day unlimited for $79; drop in $24 per class.