Abhaya specializes in a dynamic style of Hatha yoga which draws influence from Anusara and Vinyasa yoga. All classes are taught by highly skilled teachers which seek to integrate heart, mind and body through alignment based, heart- oriented asana, chanting, breath work, and contemplation. Escape the bustle of the city in this community oriented center where friends can come together to share the great conversation of yoga in a beautiful, supportive environment.
Abhaya is not only a yoga studio but an educational center where yoga teachers in training come to study from all over the country. Students who are looking to deepen their study are encouraged to apply for the Abhaya Immersion program. For those interested in teaching we offer a 200 hour level certification through Yoga Alliance and 500 hour level available in spring 2013.
The Meaning of the Abhaya Hand Gesture
Abhaya can be translated as fearlessness in Sanskrit. The is the hand gesture of an open palm. From one of our teachers, Douglas Brooks, “While the raised open palm may appear to us a signal of caution or even warning, it is also an invitation and an opportunity to approach, then come closer, open the heart, and accept the journey of self-inquiry. Fearlessness is the beginning of all such journeys, not just the end. Fearlessness is never without fear but rather that way in which we step into our courage and bring the heart, mind, and body into a deeper appreciation of each and every situation.”
Abhaya’s mission is to create a sacred space where students can find retreat from the chaos of NYC and struggles of life. This community oriented center offers a gathering place to share in the valuable experience of yoga and transformation in a beautiful, supportive environment. For those seeking deeper study, Abhaya is committed to offering traditional teachings grounding yoga in its historical context while offering the highest education possible to potential teachers.