Welcome to the World Yoga Center!
We hope your first visit to the WYC is fulfilling and joyful! Here are few things you need to know when you are coming to the school for the first time.
No prior reservations are needed at the WYC. You may choose your class and just arrive there 15 minutes before class so you have time to register, change, get comfortable in the school’s surroundings and meet the teacher. Please let the teacher know of your prior Yoga experience, injuries or health issues so you will receive the best care during your class!
If you are completely new to yoga we suggest taking a Basic/Level I or a Level I class. However, feel free to jump into an Open Level class which will provide you with the supportive energy of students already familiar with the practices. All our teachers are trained to take special care of newcomers. Please see the Classes page for more details.
Please wear comfortable, fitted clothes that allow a full range of movement. No shoes are allowed in the studio and we practice without socks so be ready to go barefoot!
We have mats available for a $2 rental fee per class. All other props, such as blocks, blankets, straps, and chairs are provided.
If you have any other questions please have a look at the frequently asked questions below or call our office at (212) 877-4153.
Read our Welcome Letter.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know which class is the best one for me?
A: See Classes. If you do not get a clear idea of which class to take from these descriptions or if you have any other questions, please call 212-877-4153.
Q: What is the best clothing for Yoga practice?
A: Yoga is practiced with bare feet in clothes that breathe and do not constrict your full range of motion. Gym shorts, tights without feet, stretch pants, and cotton Yoga pants are all fine for your practice. T shirts, tank tops, leotards are fine as well. Jeans, tight clothes, belts, and heavy jewelry will be in your way. Some people are allergic to perfumes so be aware not to wear strong scents.
Q: Can I change into my yoga clothes at WYC?
A: Yes. We have changing rooms with bathrooms for men and women. WYC is environmentally conscious. We provide filtered water, use eco-friendly supplies, biodegradable mats and wind-generated electricity.
Q: What about eating?
A: The ideal is to practice on an empty stomach. Do not have a meal for two hours before class.
Q: If I have an injury, a health issue, or am recovering from surgery, what shall I do?
A: It is essential that you inform the instructor of any injuries or health issues before class begins so that you will be well taken care of during class.
Q: May I bring my own mat?
A: Yes! We have no space to store them for you at the school so you must take your mat with you when you leave. If you wish to rent mats we have new biodegradable mats available for $2 per class. You can add $20 to your series to prepay for your use of the mats, bringing the series total to $180.
Q: How do I find out the daily schedule of classes, updates and who is teaching?
A: For the schedule and the most current information on who is teaching that day, see Schedules and Rates or call our recording at 212-787-4908 for the daily updated message. A hard copy of the schedule is available at the school as well.
Q: What else goes on at the school?
A: In addition to our hatha yoga classes, we have special workshops, a weekly meditation class, monthly evening Satsang gatherings, Kirtans/Chanting, annual Summer and Fall retreats, Anusara Yoga Immersions and Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour Teacher Training. Learn more here. We offer private sessions in hatha yoga, meditation and counseling. Call 212-877-4153 for information.
Q: How do I hear about programs?
A: Scroll to the bottom of this page and on the left hand side- sign up to receive our emails!
Q: How long does a class series last?
A: A 10 class series lasts for 6 months and costs $160. You can come as often as you like per week to the classes of your choice. When you have used all 10 classes on your card, you can buy another card.