"Yin Yoga with Magen Banwart, Best Fitness Class in NYC" Manhattan Magazine
"Magen Banwart has created the anti-Bikram. ...there are no heat-soaked rooms, no absolute silences and no torturous poses. The idea is that by sitting in poses for three to five minutes, you can rehabilitate achy joints and ligaments through a series of deep stretching. But does it work? One look at Banwart's packed classes reveals men and women of varying athletic builds who brag about improved flexibility and their rejuvenated fitness routines. In other words? Yes, it works."
Magen is based out of New York City weekdays and East Hampton weekends through 12/1/17 and is available for one on one and small group classes.
Optimal Mind Body Yin Yoga with Magen By holding a posture and relaxing into it, you'll gently tug at the deep, dense connective tissues of the body: tendons, ligaments and cartilage, which are drier and less elastic than muscles and difficult to keep healthy.
Accessible to people of all ages, Yin Yoga is fantastic for those of us with time constraints, immediate results from your first stretch.
Experience Magen Banwart personally as she gently guides you into each posture set to soothing music. Her classes are simple and instructive and will leave you feeling lighter physically and mentally, more energized, healthy, and in charge of you own well being.
Yin Yoga has its foundation in traditional Chinese medicine and the theory that our body’s network of connective tissue corresponds with the meridians (energy channels) of acupuncture. Therefore, strengthening and stretching connective tissue may be critical for your long-term health by keeping these energy channels - and corresponding organs - functioning optimally.
Yin yoga is an excellent supplement to yang* forms of yoga and exercise and sports such as running, cycling, tennis, golf and skiing. *Exercise that focuses on moving the blood and exercising the muscles.
Here's what people have to say about Magen's Yin Yoga Classes:
"Who are this year's most popular yoga teachers in New York City? According to our more than 1.5 million visitors, it's these guys. How we generated this list: We spent many gruesome hours compiling our data and analyzing our traffic to figure out who the public was searching for, browsing, and generally stalking on RateYourBurn. This list is based on our findings." RATE YOUR BURN REVIEW of Magen's Yin Yoga
Yin Yin Yin Yin Yin Magen is one of my all-time faves. Fun to be around, eternally positive. Also an ideal cult leader/bride (charismatic, always wearing white) Shall we revisit my love for Magen? In case you didn't read my previous review of Magen's barre class, let me recap:
Magen could hand me a cup of gasoline and I would probably drink it. Because I know she would never feed me gasoline... do you know how that stuff is made?! Not sustainable. Though it is organic I suppose.
Magen is an awesome teacher, and an awesome person. Her world revolves around finding new ways to be in balance and sharing that info with her clients. Like, it's not just her hobby or her job. That's who she is.
Yin will help you do a lot of things. Most importantly, it will reverse craziness. The craziness of an intense workout, the craziness of a stressful day at work; the craziness of living in New York City. When I first met Magen I didn’t get why she thought Yin was the most valuable of her offerings. She’s also a kick-ass barre teacher, so I thought, “really? You think Yin is more important than sweat?” Now I understand. What Yin will help you with, if you give it a chance:
Avoid injury / heal injury through deep stretching
Calm the fuck down
Slow your breathing = slow your heartbeat
Learn to be still. So much harder than it sounds.
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For 5 years now I have been following Magen Banwart. She is my hero in life, my inspiration in body fitness. My favorite instructor at Physique 57, my Best & Body guidance, my only Yin Yoga instructor. It changed my life physically and mentally. I can always rely on her if I get into trouble in my fitness failure. Student Review Her Yin classes are the best so far in New York and no comparison to any yoga I have attended elsewhere. I highly recommend her if you are suffering from stress, joint pain or just body ache.