Back in February, 2011 Jason was interviewed for a New York Times article, "the delicate art of hands on adjustments", and both Jason and Frances were photographed at the Zenyasa Studio for the piece. Check it out!
THINGS can get awkward when a group of strangers strip down to their spandex in a steamy, sweaty room. This is especially true in yoga class, where getting into a camel pose, for instance — thrusting your hips forward while kneeling — can feel, well, a bit “porny,” as Claire Dederer put it in the prologue of her memoir, “Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses.”
The self-consciousness that Ms. Dederer felt performing said porny poses is one hurdle that can get in the way of achieving inner peace. Having a teacher stand behind you and place his or her hands on your lower back or tug at your hips can be enough to turn some people away from yoga altogether.
"Yoga Sleuths" are sent out into the NYC yoga scene by YogaCityNYC to take yoga classes and share their experiences. Dana Melillo, one of our early teachers, was “Sleuthed” at the Zenyasa® Studio in early 2011... shortly after we first opened. Below is a transcript, which can also be found at Yoga City NYC ( search for Zenyasa).
Zenyasa with Dana Melillo
On a cold day, Yoga Sleuth headed over to the new Zenyasa® Studio on the Upper West Side. Up above the hustle and bustle on the street, I entered a cozy space with bright orange walls, large windows with sun streaming in and hitting the shiny wood floors…a little piece of heaven! I took my jacket off and checked in with Dana, my teacher for the class. While I filled out first time student paperwork, Dana set up a mat with a meditation cushion and a blanket on it for me. I immediately felt welcomed and warm inside.