22 Reasons NYC is the Place to be This Spring - Our Favorite Teachers Weigh-In

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” - Tom Wolfe

We're in a New York state of mind! 

There are few things as inspiring as New York City in the spring time, and nothing more exciting than stretching out those winter blues and saluting the sun alongside our yoga family at Yoga Journal LIVE! NYC. We caught up with a few of our favorite YJNY presenters to find out what they love about the city so nice they named it twice, check out their answers below. 

Meet us on the mat in NYC this April 23 - 27th for Yoga Journal LIVE! New York. Click here to grab your tickets and be sure to enter promo code YNON at checkout and save 15% on your purchase. 


Elena Brower: The art, the food, the music, the soul family, the momentum, the sanctuaries.

Leslie Kaminoff: Being at the center of the universe.  Still the greatest city on earth.  And I like the seasons, even the harsh winters…nothing more fun than a silent NYC blanketed by a blizzard.

Kathryn Budig: I get so much done when I’m there! It is the city of hustle! Oh yes, and pizza.

Megan Huylo: NYC is endless possibility. You never know who or what's going to cross your path.

Rina Jakubowicz: I love NYC! I realize this may expose my level of insanity but my favorite thing I do in NYC is walk to a street corner and ask myself, "straight, right, left or backwards?" Whatever my first answer is I follow it. I do this for at least 30 minutes which has always proven to send me to the right place. It keeps me in the present moment and gives me a little adventure while doing it. Last time I did this, I spontaneously ended up at the Julliard School of Music which to me was a pleasant surprise since music is a powerful force in my life.  The yogi thing I like to do is practice yoga in Central Park with my headphones and jam away!

Bo Forbes:  I really enjoy the sophistication of practitioners in NYC; they've tried everything, and they're prepared to go deep.

Karen E. Mozes: How spontaneous I can be there - NYC has this unique quality of offering so much (art, music, food, yoga, etc.) in such a conveniently short circumference that there is never a day there you feel you didn’t get to do what you wanted because you lacked the time, or the means to get there. I love that about NYC. Everything is at our fingertips.

Amy Ippoliti: Seeing my family and friends and walking the High Line! I was born and raised in New York City so it’s great for me to visit with my original community.

Marina DeLaTorre: My favorite thing about NYC is that it hosts unlimited cultural activities to enjoy – be it the arts, music, painting, literature, dance, etc. 

Natasha Rizopoulos: Seeing my family!

Justin Michael Williams:  I just moved to NYC 5 months ago and I absolutely love it. My favorite thing is all of the live music and random jam sessions that happen in the subway stations! I've seen some of the most incredible performers in the subway, I almost couldn't believe they weren't famous. 

Coby Kozlowski: The abundance of healthy places to eat!

Tazdeen Rashid: I love all the people so hustling and bustling in their everyday lives. They have to stay hungry and top of their game if they want to make it in the big city.

Dana Flynn: I LOVE the YOGIS and I love biking over the williamsburg bridge from lotus nyc to lotus bk, best ride ever. And the views, OMG! 

Larissa Hall Carlson: The hub of the universe?  Well, it's home.

Amanbir Singh: My favorite part of NYC is its intensity.  Its a vortex of spiritual energy that if you keep up here the rewards are so powerful.

Tasha Blank: The incredible driving force that keeps everyone fired up and creating art. There are so many passionate people here working with such dedication on bringing their dreams to life. There's no place else like it.

Gail Grossman: I love the energy of NYC! Since I don’t live there anymore, but come in from time to time, I really can feel the palpable difference from Long Island!

Tiffany Cruikshank: I love the pulse of the city and that there’s always something interesting happening even if it’s just someone interesting walking by.

Beryl Bender Birch: I was born there!

Sri Dharma Mittra: It's the comforts we have here and the opportunity to meet people from all countries of the world. 

Aadil Palkhivala: New York City is an amazing contrast from the life I live.  I live in the mountains in a very quiet place and the intense vibration of New York is a wonderful contrast.  Also, organic food and food in organic restaurants is excellent, so I love eating in New York.

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