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  • Hoboken + Jersey City’s Most Unique Fitness Classes

    With summer winding down, it’s easy to get a case of the end of summer blues, which is obviously when you may need mood-boosting endorphins the most! In case working out feels like a bit of a chore, here are the most unique classes in Hoboken and Jersey City to help you “fall back” {see what we did there?} into your fitness routine.  

    Aerial Yoga at Honor Yoga  

    Aerial Yoga is sure to take your yoga practice to new heights — both literally and figuratively. Located in the Monroe Center, Honor Yoga {just one of the 9 Yoga Spots We’re Loving in 2017} offers beginner and intermediate aerial classes so that everyone has a chance to get their inner Cirq de Sole on. Bonus: You’ll most likely leave class with a profile-picture-worthy photo or two.

    bodyART at Renaissance Pilates  

    Renaissance Pilates recently revamped their studio and class schedule. One of their newest classes, bodyART™ by Robert Steinbacher, is an intense holistic functional whole body workout that combines strength, flexibility, cardio and breathing. Based on the principles of Yin and Yang and the five elements the Chinese philosophy, bodyART makes for an intense, yet fun workout done barefoot. Note: You’ll want to wear your cutest dry-fit gear here to heed the class description: “Be prepared to sweat.”

    Himalayan Sound Bath/Ocean Soul Restorative at Pavana Yoga  

    Voted “Best New Yoga Studio” by HG readers, Pavana Yoga has been shaking up Hoboken’s yoga scene with some of the most unique yoga flows we’ve attended. Both the Himalayan Sound Bath and Ocean Soul Restorative classes are particularly geared towards relaxation and balance, offering a nice variety from a more vigorous practice.

    Capoeira at The Academy  

    A combination of dance, acrobatics and martial arts, Capoeira will test the skills and endurance of any athlete. Fact: Capoeira was originally practiced in secret by African slaves in Brazil as a way to train, with fighting techniques camouflaged by dance movement, ensuring its true intent was hidden from slave masters. With deep historical roots, it’s easy to see why the integrity {and fun!} of Capoeira is catching on.The Academy offers Capoeira classes {capped at 20 attendees per class} for adults and kids. Afterwards, we recommend hitting up owner Salam Diri for some foam rolling 101. Better yet, sign up for their upcoming Acro Yoga and Thai Massage series, which start later this month. For more info, e-mail theacademynj1@gmail.com.   

    Sound Bath Meditation at Asana Soul  

    Located downtown on Jefferson St, this weekly sound bath class is hosted by award-winning sound meditation specialist, Patrick Murray. Class incorporates Tibetan singing bowls, bamboo flutes, meditation drumming and crystal bowls for a practice that’s sure to restore your mind, body and soul. New clients can experience two weeks of unlimited classes at Asana Soul for just $35.

    Live Music Fridays at Hudson Yoga Project  

    Great for yogis of all experience levels, “Live Music Fridays” is Hudson Yoga Project’s signature class, which includes live music {obvi} and a candlelit room for a slow Vinyasa flow and restorative practice. The best part? An extra long savasana. Just minutes from the PATH, we can’t think of a better way to wind down into the weekend. Namaste.

    “Body Soul and Pole” at Thrive Fitness

    You can’t go wrong with a workout that’s founded on strength and female empowerment. Boasting an amazing studio at  333 Newark Street, Body Soul and Pole instructors are dedicated to teaching class attendees about pole fitness and putting any stigma to rest. Aside from the physical benefits of increased flexibility, gaining strength and maybe shedding a couple pounds {or not}, what we love most about Body Soul Pole are the mental benefits. Class attendees rave about their newfound confidence. Each class lasts about 60 minutes and typically has no more than 13 attendees {translation: sign up early.}

    “Inferno” at Fit Foundry  

    Those who “hate cardio” will surely appreciate this 45 minute intense class, which can  incorporate anything from free weights, body-weight exercises, kettlebells, TRX bands, sandbags and more. Though we’re not exactly sure what of, the point is that any given Inferno class is never the same. For those looking to sweat {Inferno = Metabolic FIRE = more room for pizza}, bust boredom, and conquer a workout in the blink of an eye, this is the class for you. The #fitfam comes at no extra cost. If you need a good push to get out of your post-summer rut, Fit Foundry is also hosting a “Fall Back Into Fitness Challenge” starting on October 6th, followed by participating in the Hoboken City Challenge Race on October 7th. {Sign up for the “Fit Foundry Fanatics” team with promo code MRG15 for 15% off!}

    “Tramp Stamp” at Jane Do  

    Looking for a low-impact workout without sacrificing the benefits of strengthening your cardiovascular health? We suggest this trampoline class at Jane Do, which currently has locations in Jersey City and Edgewater. According to their website, there are also plans to open up a Hoboken studio in the Monroe Center later this fall {yay!} We can’t wait to see what Jane Do has in store for us… besides super-fun class names.

    Live Music Meltdown at Real Hot Yoga  

    Anyone who has frequented a Hoboken bar or two can attest to the music scene we’ve got going on {check out September’s Live Music Guide}. Live Music Meltdown combines the love of music and yoga through a guided flow to you guessed it — live music. Taught by RHY duo Meghan Kramer and James Calleo, it’s a 75 minute experience that will leave your mind, body and soul feeling so uplifted, you can kiss your ‘case of the Mondays’ buh-bye. Want more afterwards? Catch James playing a set at some of our favorite Hoboken spots here.

     

    What’s your favorite out-of-the-ordinary fitness class? Share in the comment below!


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    Desiree is a born-and-bred Hudson County girl living in Weehawken with her husband and pup, Maddie. Though she's a PR pro by day, she's always had a love for living a healthy lifestyle and checking out the latest holistic beauty trends. A lifetime vegetarian and fitness enthusiast, you can catch her in an early morning yoga class or running along the river. When she isn't working out, Des is usually shopping in one of Hoboken's many boutiques or celebrating the day with a glass of champagne. Guilty pleasures include dark chocolate truffles, massages, Greys Anatomy and mostly anything with kale.


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