Each week we will be speaking to girls in the OVERT community to help us shed some light on authentic city living. From a busy morning at the office to a night on the town, each day they’ll be sharing an exclusive diary chronicling their day-to-day in the city that never sleeps – so be sure to keep checking back daily as each of our OVERT city girls share a new update filled with neighborhood discoveries and inspiring style! In her fourth entry Briana takes us inside her favorite yoga studio and shares her thoughts on the importance of staying active even in a fast-paced city like NYC.
Hi again Briana! So when it comes to city living a lot of people struggle with incorporating fitness into their lives. How did you find the motivation and why do you think it’s important to make time for this, on top of our already over-scheduled and busy lives?
Yoga keeps me sane.
Not to get all San Francisco loopy on you, but I think yoga is magic. I really do. Going to class calms me. It makes everything in life feel easier, better, and more manageable. Yoga makes me really happy. I started practicing yoga when I moved to New York five years ago. I was working non-stop (livin’ that PR life!!) and I wasn’t complaining, but I needed an outlet for release. My mom told me to go to the Iyengar Institute in Chelsea. She told me to go for one month, and if I still hated it, I never had to go back. One month turned into three, then it turned into a year, and now I’ve been practicing multiple times a week, every week, for the past five years!
Wherever I travel in the world, I try to find an Iyengar studio. I’ve studied in France and Portugal and even on a recent trip to New Orleans. It’s like people who collect shot glasses wherever they go. For me, I’d rather go to a beautiful yoga studio and meet an amazing teacher.
Do you start or end your day at SkyTing and how has it become a part of your day-to-day in the neighborhood?
I fell in love with SkyTing when a dear friend of mine, Alex Sharry, invited me to take her class. In an instant I fell in love. The studio is bright and inviting. There’s a stellar view of the Manhattan Bridge and snacks from Dimes and literally every instructor is amazing. It also happens to be two blocks away from my office so sometimes I sneak away for an afternoon class. Shh don’t tell!
Would you say doing Yoga has re-instilled a sense of balance and motivation? What’s changed the most since introducing this aspect into your life?
What I love most about SkyTing is there is no ego here. It is all about coming together to practice something that makes us all feel great. One of my favorite memories at SkyTing was a private class held by Alex and Adrien in honor of some of our dear friends moving out of New York. The studio was filled with 20 of all of our best friends. We sweat, we giggled, we blasted our favorite music — it was so special.
Come back tomorrow as Briana shares her final diary entry and one of her favorite specialty stores in the Lower East Side…