Stuffing your belly with baked goods doesn’t usually follow belly breathing, but it does at Bouley Botanical, a new event space from four-star chef David Bouley that recently hosted a series of Saturday morning yoga classes in New York City’s TriBeCa neighborhood.
With plentiful sunlight streaming through indoor window gardens containing more than 400 types of edible plants, a recent Saturday 10 a.m. class was truly a feast for all the senses.
Sarah Eve Cardell, who teaches at Dharma Yoga Center, led a friendly group of a dozen or so yogis of all ages and levels, accompanied by a musician who played the dilruba, a classical Indian string instrument. We started the class by setting our intention for the morning, and Cardell urged us to considering dedicating our practice to loved ones who were not present in the room. If all this sounds super serious and New Agey, it wasn’t. As Cardell reminded us, it was the weekend -- “time to rest and have some fun!”
After 90 minutes of gentle yet sufficiently challenging yoga, we rewarded ourselves with Bouley’s fresh pressed juices and decadent pound cake. Cardell also provided another treat: delicious organic raw vegan chocolate truffles that she made herself. “Raw cacao is food of the gods and delicious heart-opening medicine,” she explained.
Yoga at Bouley Botanical: heart medicine indeed.
Yoga classes at Bouley Botanical are currently on hiatus, but they are scheduled to resume in the fall. Click here to learn more about upcoming Bouley lifestyle and wellness events.
—Jennifer D’Angelo Friedman