If you have ever harbored secret fantasies about being a ballet dancer, Pure Yoga Studios have you covered. The barre or “Figure 4” classes at Pure Yoga combine classic ballerina training moves with pilates, yoga and free weights. And it is a kick-ass workout.
From the website, “Figure 4 derives its name from the well-known ballet stretch where dancers cross the ankle over the other knee and bend forward, creating a “four” with their legs. The number also denotes the four areas of the body that are sculpted within the hour-long class: abs, arms, glutes and thighs.”
I don’t really know what that means. But I do know that after three such classes, everything hurts and feels uncomfortably lengthened. The price you pay to join is quite steep – over $250 a month. However, if you are savvy enough, you will find ways to try the class for free. Multiple times. I signed up for a free 3-day pass and received an email inviting me to come back and try them again. So I did.
Pure Yoga West 204 W. 77th Street 212-877-2025
Pure Yoga East 203 E. 86th Street 212-360-1888