Abhaya Yoga opens in Gowanus by Shyda Hoque

Abhaya Yoga opened their second location in Gowanus at 43D 9th Street on September 15th, which a short stroll from the Smith and 9th Street subway stop. This expansion has been in the works for a few years and, after looking at several locations, Abhaya has finally opened in a 5,300 square foot space.  It’s a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban living. The day after the opening I took a sound therapy workshop and it made me feel like I went on a trip away from the city. This particular session will be offered once a month along with additional workshops.  There are multiple yoga rooms as well as an onsite healing arts rooms, a mediation room, Brooklyn Yoga Pilates by Kara Fitzpatrick, an expansive lounge, a café and a gallery. Some of the modalities offered will be pressure point and essential oil healings, medical qi-gong, Reiki, cranial sacral massage and Vedic astrology.

Founder Tara Glazier founded Abhaya in 2010 in Dumbo after several years studying and teaching in NYC.  As a former ballet dancer and instructor, she sustained many injuries throughout her career in dance and it was through a form of therapeutic yoga that she was able to heal. She wanted others to feel the positive effects of therapeutic yoga and codified the Abhaya Method. In 2015 Tara founded the non-profit, Abhaya Yoga Foundation, which provides teacher training and “seeks to empower, educate and serve disadvantaged/sensitive groups who may not normally have access to the powerful teachings of yoga”.

The Gowanus studio is currently offering a free week to all students- even if you have been to the Dumbo studio.  I encourage everyone to go check out the space and support Abhaya as this is a great sanctuary for people in South Brooklyn.  Only a short walk if you live in Red Hook, Park Slope or Carroll Gardens, it’s a wonderful community with an abundance of classes at all levels. To find out more information please visit their website!

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