When the weather turns warm and grey clouds give away to sun-filled days, you may be hit with a sudden urge to perform some ritualistic “spring cleaning.” But, organizing your desk drawers or sorting through you closet can only do much. This year, take spring cleaning to a whole new level—and better yourself in the process. Clear the clutter from your mind through meditation, revamp your body with a detoxifying raw food cleanse, and empower your soul by facing your fear of heighs on the swinging trapeze.
Manhattan Kayak Company
555 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy a fun activity on the water. Manhattan Kayak Company offers daily kayak classes guaranteed to chisel your core, improve your balance, and strengthen your upper body—all while enjoying the tranquility of the New York Harbor. Go solo or bring a friend, but either way, you’re guaranteed to have a good time while burning up to 500 calories an hour.
78 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013
Spice up your cycling routine with Aquacycling! Using water as an intense resistance tool, this pool-based class is just as effective as its land-based counterparts but without the strain (and pain) on your bones, joints, and muscles. Plus, working out in the water is so much more fun than sweating away in a dingy studio! Single-sex classes are offered multiple times a day, seven days per week, in varying levels of intensity.
Trapeze School New York
353 West Street
New York, NY 10014
Take your workout to new heights—literally! Increase your upper body strength and tone your abs as you fly through the air with ease. Trapeze School New York offers beginner and advanced classes in flying trapeze and other aerial arts at two central Manhattan locations. The intense full body workout—done while hanging 23 feet in the air—is designed for thrill-seekers looking for a change in their exercise routine or for anyone looking for a fun weekend activity.
841 Broadway, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10003
This 12,000 square foot space is anything but your average trendy yoga studio. It’s a sanctuary of sorts, smack dab in the middle of Manhattan, where the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga—scripture, devotion, kindness, music, and meditation—are incorporated into each class. Feeling stressed, out-of-focus, or unbalanced? Skip happy hour and drop by a 20-minute meditation session instead. The class begins with Sanskrit chanting to purify the atmosphere, followed by detailed meditation instruction, in which visitors are taught how to simply be still and focus. Afterwards, there is a Q&A session with the teacher and closing prayers. No prior experience is required.
139 East 57th Street, 8th floor
New York, NY 10022
Between Bodycon dresses and belfies (yes, butt selfies), the derrière is truly having a moment. The curvaceous ladies in the limelight have set quite a high standard for what your behind should look like—and sadly, squats alone might not do the trick. To get your bum itty-bitty bikini ready, stop by Smooth Synergy for the Fanny Facial. Using Microcurrent therapy to alleviate bumps and lumps through a series of positive and negative compressions, the treatment promises smoother skin, a tighter (and more lifted) appearance, and anti-inflammatory results. Get ready to break out that selfie stick!
1 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Salt has served as a natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory aid for centuries, treating everything from eczema to the common cold. At Breathe Easy, guests are invited to reap the healing benefits of Dry Salt Air Therapy while relaxing in a room encrusted with pink Himalayan salts from floor to ceiling. Each session lasts 45 minutes and has shown to be extremely beneficial to those suffering from respiratory and skin conditions, as well as allergies, acne, and stress.
What better way to kick off spring cleaning than with a cleanse from within? But rest assured, this isn’t one of those scary cleanses where you’ll subside on cayenne pepper and lemon juice concoctions or watery vegetable broth. Joulebody’s Kickstart Cleanse (available in three, four, or five day options) is formulated with fruit and vegetable juices, plus wholesome plant-based foods—like soups and wraps—that are light on calories, but not on taste. Each juice and meal comes in a pre-packaged container that is clearly marked with a time and date, so it’s easy to follow the plan even with the busiest of schedules. The cleanse also includes a list of approved snacks, plus a selection of “anytime bites” for participants to indulge in whenever they need a bit of extra energy.
119 West 23rd Street, Suite 1001
New York, NY 10011
While volunteering with a group of acupuncturists in Northern India, the founders of Olo Acupuncture saw individuals receiving treatments in a large community room. A decade later, they decided to open a communal healing space of their own—equipped with plush recliners and massage tables—right here in NYC. Dedicated to holistically treating ailments such as back pain, migraines, infertility, stress, allergies, and more through acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine, this community clinic allows friends and family to receive treatment at the same time, while also providing flexible scheduling and affordable sessions.
Neighborhood Natural Medicine
30 Maujer Street #2A
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Whether you’re looking for an alternative to pharmaceuticals or are seeking a more holistic healing approach, Neighborhood Natural Medicine may be able to help. Offering a multifaceted blend of both modern and ancient healing modalities, naturopathic medicine, energy balancing, herbology, nutritional therapy, detoxification, and dietary advice, this Williamsburg clinic focuses on a range of common complaints and disorders.