Fill your February calendar with these healthy events
January snowed us in, turning us into unwilling hermits. But even if Jack Frost continues his despotic reign in February, we’re committed to skate skiing our way to these winter wellness events.
We’ve scoured the city’s offerings and come up with this collection of the best-of-the-best this month in yoga and partner yoga (it’s Valentine’s Day!), plus workshops in personal growth, flower arranging, and even bike repair. Because spring’s just around the corner. Right?
Saturday, February 5
Come out from under that down puffer coat and check out one (or all four) of the classes in this series led by Strala teacher Lisa Boudreau, a former ballerina who’ll help you reconnect with your body.
“Anatomy, Alignment, and Movement with Lisa,” also February 12, 19, 26, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., $40 per class or $150 for the series, 632 Broadway, SoHo, www.stralayoga.com
CoreFusion co-founder Elisabeth Halfpapp and Allison Talis of the Joyful Heart Foundation, which leads wellness programs for survivors of trauma, co-created this movement and art class. It starts with a 45-minute workout, then becomes a “healing experience where you release what no longer serves you.” CoreFusion + Creative Expression for Releasing, Transforming, and Visioning, noon–1:30, $40, Exhale Spa, 980 Madison Ave., Upper East Side, 212-249-3000, www.exhalespa.com
Sunday, February 6
Lululemon SoHo continues to host this popular (if peculiar-sounding) kidney-focused practice aimed at cleansing your insides. If you find yourself puzzling over how you know the teacher, she’s brand ambassador, Lauren Imparato of i.am.you, who was recently featured in New York Magazine. “Detox to Retox: Kidneys!” also February 12, 9:30 a.m., Lululemon, 481 Broadway, SoHo, www.lululemon.com
Monday, February 7
Are you a big bike rider? Then you should be a smart biker, too. Bike New York’s beginner class covers everything from changing a flat to lubing those chains.
“Bike Maintenance 101,” 1 p.m.–5 p.m., $60, Recycle a Bicycle, 35 Pearl Street, DUMBO, 718-858-2972, www.recycleabicycle.org
Tuesday, February 8
For those who’ve heard about Anusara, but haven’t yet given this heart-opening, alignment-focused practice a try, check out this workshop for newbies—limited to just five students. It’s at Virayoga, the studio founded by Elena Brower, where most of the city’s Anusara instructors have studied.
“New Beginning Series with Ola Widera,” 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m., $30, Virayoga Annex, 580 Broadway, Suite 205, SoHo. Pre-registration is required: [email protected]; www.virayoga.com
Wednesday, February 9
Deepen your romantic relationship—with yourself—during this talk from self-help wunderkind and bestselling author, Gabrielle Bernstein. (We’re checking it out, too!)
“iLoveMe,” 7 p.m.–9 p.m., $20 online, $25 at the door, 208 W. 13th St., 3rd Floor, Union Square, www.gabbyb.tv
Saturday, February 12
In case you missed the giant memo every time you’ve walked into a Duane Read in the last month, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. So check out OM Yoga’s restorative couples class, which is all about “intimacy and relaxation.”
“Restorative Om Yoga for Couples,” 4 p.m.–6 p.m., $50 per couple, 826 Broadway, Union Square, pre-registration is required, www.omyoga.com
Sunday, February 13
Yep, more couples yoga without the commute into the city. For those of you in a happy, Brooklyn duo, check out the Yoga and Thai massage couples workshop, which promises to open you both up and improve your bond (if not your massage skills). The class ends with chocolate and wine.
“Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga Workshop,” 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., $50 per couple before Feb. 7, $60 per couple after; Bend and Bloom, 708 Sackett St., btwn Fourth and Fifth Aves., Park Slope; pre-registration required: [email protected], www.bendandbloom.com
Sunday, February 20
Shake up your yoga routine! Journey Dance combines movement, visualization, and a healthy dose of funk.
“Journey Dance,” 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m., $30 members, $35 non-members, 204 West 77th Street, Upper West Side; pre-registration required, www.pureyoga.com
Itching to reconnect with nature and release your inner artiste? Hip, Red Hook flower arranger and soap-maker, Saipua, hosts a three-hour workshop that’s all about creating lush bouquets.
“Behold the Mighty Amaryllis,” 1:00 p.m.–4 p.m., $250, 147 Van Dyke Street, Red Hook; pre-registration required: [email protected], www.saipua.com
Saturday, February 26
Get your cold weather run on during New York Road Runners’ Al Gordon Classic, a four-miler in Prospect Park honoring the onetime NYRR board member, who lived to be 107!
“NYRR Al Gordon Classic,” 8:00 a.m., $18–$40, depending on when you register and membership, Center Drive, Prospect Park, Park Slope; pre-registration required, 212-860-4455, www.nyrr.com
Curious about the tantric-practice teachings of Bhairava? Hoping to learn something about Auspicious Wisdom? Douglas Brooks, an academic and philosopher who’s taught and inspired many top NYC yogis, gives three-part series on the lore and power of the Tantra.
“The Auspicious Fire: Siva and the Eight Expressions of Bhairava with Prof. Douglas Brooks,” 1 p.m.–4 p.m. and 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Saturday; 12:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27; $60 per session or $160 for all three classes, Virayoga, 580 Broadway, Suite 205, SoHo, pre-registration is required, RSVP: [email protected], www.virayoga.com