The Chipotle of Yoga is Here

For years, we’ve heard rave reviews about the mega-chain (with over 165 studios across the country) Core Power Yoga. It seemed like there was a studio in just about every city except NYC!! When we heard that a studio was opening right in our backyard (Upper West Side) we couldn’t wait to try it out, let us tell you we were not disappointed!! We Añjali Mudrā our very sore arms in awe of this yoga studio! What makes this studio a unique addition to the NYC yoga scene, and had us coming back for more, is their yoga sculpt class. The class was unlike any yoga class we have taken before – it mixed strength, cardio,  and flexibility into the practice.

The class:

During the yoga sculpt class, the room was HOT (think sweat dripping everywhere) and had us stopping to towel off many times. The class began with the classic yoga flow to warm-up our bodies. Then it moved onto the segment where we used light hand weights to intensify each yoga pose. In addition, throughout the flow, weights were used during the strength-training moves during squats, lunges, and bicep curls. The weights added an intensity to the practice and had our muscles exhausted – think bicep curls with your legs in crescent pose, or weighted squats in chair pose. Then came the cardio bursts – this was super challenging, incorporating moves like burpees, jumping jacks, and jumping lunges. The hot room helped us loosen up quickly, the fast pace of the class made sure we were never bored or looking at the clock,  and the massive amount of sweating had us feeling detoxed and cleansed.

The Studio:

  • This location has two bathrooms, and two showers. The showers were pretty basic –  shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, and not much else. Before and after class, there was a long line for the bathrooms and the showers.
  • The studio rents yoga mats and towels and sells water.
  • CorePower Yoga offers a free week of yoga for new members.

What To Know:

  • We feel that this class is not for beginners, some yoga knowledge is necessary. The instructor does not stand at the front of the room modeling poses and uses official yoga-move names.
  • Most of the moves done are based off of strength and flexibility. This allowed us to push it at our own level.
  •  Flow weights should be light (we did 5 lbs) and Sculpt weights should be heavy (we did 8 lbs). The have 3, 5, 8, 10 lb weights available.
  • Try to hydrate prior to class, the room is really hot and we felt a bit light headed at times.


  • The mats they offer are not great- we found them to be very slippery, so we advise you to bring your own.
  • They charge for towels – this bothered us because no studio we have been to in NYC charges 34$ a class and charges for towels.
  • The room was too hot – in the description of the class it says the temperature should be between 92 – 95 degrees with no added humidity, the classes we attended the room was 98 degrees.
  • During the cardio segment, the mats were so slippery with sweat so it was hard not to slide around during the jumping jacks.
  • The room was very packed barely an inch between each mat and we kept knocking into our neighbors

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

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