Nothing will take you out of your workout faster than an instructor who talks about getting lean or working for your summer body. We’re not saying that vanity can’t be motivating, but we are saying that preying on insecurity is gross, especially when you’re just trying to move and get out of your own head for an hour. We’ve found these studios to be mindful with their words and intentional in their ethos.
The Class says that there is “grace in release.” So yeah, they’re definitely not talking about a summer body here. It’s more of a “do it for yourself” vibe. We’ve found it to be a spiritual experience, even for non-believers. Instructors here go through a serious teacher training process, and, as a result, the workout is well constructed while also deeply liberating.
Tangerine Hot Power Yoga is all about the good vibes. They’re about chilling out, while sweating profusely. The hot yoga is a workout, but it doesn’t feel fitness-y, and the language matches up.
Hit House is a great place to punch it out, but it’s also a very legitimate Muay Thai Fitness Studio. The instructors here are so knowledgeable—especially the founder, Tyler—and, as a result, you’ll feel like you’re both learning and accomplishing something. It’s definitely fitness, but we’ve found them to be mindful with words.
We’ve found Pilates Rebels instructor, Helen Phelan, to be really honest when it comes to the fitness industry, body image issues, and the like. Plus, she’s a really good pilates instructor. If you’re in Brooklyn, you can find her at Session NYC. If you’re in Manhattan, take her class at Project by Equinox. She’s a gem.
Instructors at Forward Space are extremely conscious about their language, and that’s a welcome relief from the too-many-to-count dance cardio studios where phrases like “reach for that six-pack” are on heavy rotation. Forward Space is all about the beat, the vibe, the dark room, and moving for joy.