Yoga Studios Offer Refuge

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many yoga-loving New Yorkers were out of luck as studios, like other businesses affected by power outages and damage, kept their doors closed. But by Monday evening, word had begun to spread about studios that were holding limited classes (some even despite having no power) and providing yogis with a way to deal with the stress of the event.

YogaCityNYC (@yogacitynyc) tweeted about yoga studio schedules throughout the city and in Brooklyn, with updates pouring in throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kula Yoga Project, in Tribeca and Brooklyn, sent out a email blast announcing its class schedule despite having no electricity in its Manhattan studio. "Come prepared for camping style yoga!" it announced. Studio owners Shyuler Grant and Nikki Vilella also urged their fellow yogis to help others, and to ask for help if in need. "If you are still on the grid, be a refuge for those who are without power! And for those without power, don't hesitate to ask for a warm couch to sleep on."

On Wednesday, Laughing Lotus Yoga owner Dana Flynn kept up with her community, wishing students a Happy Halloween. "Missing ALL of your Faces like Crazy!" she posted.

While its Union Square studio remained in the dark, Om Factory took to Facebook to let students know about classes in its Fashion District studio. "Pack your galoshes and set your intention to THRIVE," it said.

While most studios closed during the storm, Equinox Soho and Pure Yoga East chose to remain open, offering complimentary classes—a decision that was questioned by some. "Yes, despite the fact that it puts those brave and/or kooky enough to head out in the storm in danger, employees in harms way and first-responders at an increased risk, Equinox and Pure will provide your workout fix!" wrote New York based blogger YogaDork.

Abhyasa Yoga Studio in Brooklyn also stayed open, reported DNAinfo.com in an article that quoted several students who said they were glad they had the option to come to class. "I live three blocks away, it's reasonable to come here ... plus a lot of people have cabin fever already," Vani Chanan, a student at Abhyasa told DNAino. "We're New Yorkers—we walk, we roam."