tribeca yoga

Half Bound Triangle is one of my favorite poses and I include it in almost all of my classes as it seems to open the body in all of the right places. As Triangle Pose does, it opens the hamstrings and hips, as well as strengthens the abs. By adding the half bind, the chest and shoulders get a deep stretch that feels heavenly, the more you lean back while pressing into your hip crease, the nicer the stretch. Join me Thursday morning at 6:30am at Sangha Yoga Shala or at 9am at Karen Lord Pilates Movement for some body opening, strengthening and energizing that will guarantee an amazing day ahead.

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana, aka Half Bound Lotus Standing Forward Bend, is most commonly practiced during Ashtanga Primary Series. This pose packs tons of benefits including opening the chest and shoulders, as well as the hips and hamstrings while lengthening the spine, toning the abs and strengthening the legs. Therefore we’ll be giving it a go in my 7pm Vinyasa class @karenlordpilates tonight. Get ready to open, lengthen and strengthen away any lingering Monday blues and start your week with a smile. ☺️

Utthita Parsvakonasana, aka Extended Side Angle Pose, has been a recent favorite of mine. This pose is a fantastic leg strengthener, although I love it for the amazing side waist, lower back and hip opening. Extended Side Angle is also a chest and shoulder opener as well as helpful for sciatica. Come explore this pose and many others with me tonight in my 7pm Vinyasa class @karenlordpilates. See you there!

It’s finally the end of a very long cold and snowy week. Time to readjust our bodies and minds so that we can greet next week’s warmer weather looking and feeling our best. Join me today and this weekend for some yoga and start next week feeling revitalized.
Sangha Yoga Shala in Williamsburg
Fri 2pm - Yoga Express Hour
Sat 11:15am - Vinyasa
Sun 5pm - Vinyasa
Karen Lord Pilates Movement in Tribeca
Sun 11am - Vinyasa

Backbends are extremely beneficial in our modern day lives. Sitting at a desk tends to make one hunch over, tightening the hips and chest and encouraging bad posture. Backbends like Cobra (shown above) counter act the daily hours spent at a desk by opening the chest, shoulders and psoas, lengthening the spine and strengthening the back muscles. Join me this weekend in Manhattan and BK to realign after the busy workweek and feel your best going into fall. Times and studios listed below:
Sangha Yoga Shala in Williamsburg
Sat 11:15am - Core Vinyasa
Sun 5pm - Vinyasa
Karen Lord Pilates Movement in TriBeCa
Sun 11am - Vinyasa

Energizing backbends keep calling my name this summer. Fantastic for opening the spine, chest and front of the hips, there’s nothing not to like about these awesome poses. Join me tonight at Karen Lord Pilates Movement for 7pm Vinyasa and bend your way to serenity.

Thursday, August 13th, is my birthday so I’m starting it my favorite way, teaching yoga. Join me at 6:30am in Williamsbirg @sanghayogashala or at 9am in TriBeCa @karenlordpilates for some energizing Vinyasa to make you smile the rest of the day through. See you there!
#leslielewisyoga #nycyoga #ekapadaurdhvadhanurasana

Looking to brighten your mood, improve your posture, tone your butt, strengthen your arms and open your chest? Then Upward Facing Dog is the pose for you and 7pm Vinyasa class tonight @karenlordpilates is the place where you can do it. Can’t think of a better way to start off the week that with yoga. See you soon!

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Downward Dog always feels like an amazing reset to my body every time I enter it. Lengthening the spine, opening the chest, stretching the hamstrings and calves, awakening the core, there’s nothing that I don’t love about this pose. Join me tonight at 7pm at Karen Lord Pilates Movement for Vinyasa to reset your body and mind for the gorgeous week ahead.

Heron Pose, Krounchasana, is a serious hamstring and knee stretch as one leg is extended up and the other is situation in Hero variation with the heel outside of the hip. We’ll be giving this pose a shot in all three of my Thursday classes so you can start and end your day with a stretch.
6:30am - @sanghayogashala
9am - @karenlordpilates
7:30pm - @sanghayogashala

Crow Pose, aka Bakasana, is the foundation pose for all arm balances. Crow strengthens the arms, wrists and core preparing one for more difficult arm balances and inversions. Thursday means three different opportunities to master your own crow with me. Times and studios listed below.
Sangha Yoga Shala in Williamsburg
6:30am - Express Hour Yoga
Karen Lord Pilates Movement in TriBeCa
9am - Vinyasa
The Yoga Collective in Chelsea
6:30pm Hip Hop Vinyasa

If this foray back into winter weather has got you down, yoga can help you get back up. Join me Thursday in either BK or Manhattan, morning or night, with indie music vibes or hip hop, and I’ll help you twist away your cold spring blues.
Sangha Yoga Shala in Williamsburg
6:30am - Express Hour Yoga
Karen Lord Pilates Movement in TriBeCa
9am - Vinyasa
The Yoga Collective in Chelsea
6:30pm Hip Hop Vinyasa

Looking to start your day energized and open, or maybe let go of a long day with some sweaty asanas? Then join me Thursday in either BK or Manhattan for some yoga to make your day amazing. Times and studios listed below.
Sangha Yoga Shala in Williamsburg
6:30am - Express Hour Yoga
Karen Lord Pilates Movement in TriBeCa
9am - Vinyasa
The Yoga Collective in Chelsea
6:30pm Hip Hop Vinyasa
#leslielewisyoga #nycyoga #sideplank #hiphopvinyasa #vasisthasana