Awesome Asana Yoga @ Morris-Jumel Mansion
Every Saturday at 4pm and every Sunday at 1 pm, Morris-Jumel Mansion plays host to Awesome Asana Yoga, an hour-long exercise in body stretching and mind cleansing taught by Registered Yoga Teacher and all-around excellent person Chelsea Best. As Chelsea says, “Awesome Asana offers a unique yogic journey, linking breath with movement in a meditative Vinyasa Flow class style designed to awaken the spirit and bring the body and mind back to a place of peace.” The class is Open Level Vinyasa, and it's pretty rigorous – “moderately challenging,” as Chelsea describes it – though, as a novice participant, I can assure you, it’s really very manageable, as relaxing as it is invigorating. Moreover, as Chelsea is apt to stress, practice is personal: you’re very much invited to go at your own pace.
MJM’s Awesome Asana is part and parcel of Chelsea’s “Localize Yoga” project, which aims to make yoga affordable and accessible – to present it “as a possibility, rather than as a luxury” – to the denizens of upper Manhattan. The class is $5, and mats, should you need one, are provided.