A weird experience at Pure Yoga

In classic Haber-fitness-bargain-hunting fashion, I bought a 5-pack of classes for Pure Yoga on Gilt City.

I jumped at the purchase because I had memories of Pure’s Figure 4 Barre classes being incredibly challenging, and their locker room looking super posh.

Pure Yoga is owned by Equinox and has a massive, clean underground lair on 77th and Amsterdam. Walking down the steps is akin to entering a very classy underworld.

Despite my initial excitement, I only went to 3 of the 5 classes I paid for. Why? Because Pure Yoga was a weird place, or at least I had a set of bizarre experiences.  I hate writing negative reviews, but I think it’s important to be honest.

What went down

Class #1: Figure 4 with Heather. Heather was mean. She started the class by telling us she was annoyed to be there because she had to cancel a private lesson. Then someone entered the class 8 minutes late and she pounced on her, exclaiming there was a 5-minute limit on tardiness. Her corrections were too aggressive. I wanted to walk out but I was honestly scared of her. I made sure to note her name so I could avoid her name on the schedule. I’ve read that people love her, but I was negatively overwhelmed by her.

The class might have been effective at working my triceps but Heather’s demeanor turned me off. Not interested.

Class #2: PXT with Alison. This class was fabulous. It was tough, in that WORTH it kind of way. Alison was incredible, too. So what’s the issue? I was the only one in the class! One way to look at this is: Wow! Personal Training! But I wanted to relax a bit and I had to work my hardest the full class. Which is the point, I know. But it’s unexpected and strange to be alone in a class.

Class #3 Figure 4 – 45 minutes with Lindsay. I didn’t dislike Lindsay. She was friendly before the class started. I thought we were going to have a great time together. But once the music was on, my ankle started to bother me she seemed to have no sympathy. I modified and she scowled. It was a 3-student class, so I hesitated, but I ended up leaving the class 10 minutes early because I was just DONE.

I considered going back and taking straight up yoga at Pure Yoga but with only a month to use the 5 classes, the idea of going back so soon stressed me out. I headed out of town on a work trip and considered the unused classes a sunk cost.

Overall, the energy at Pure Yoga just felt low. Maybe I didn’t give it a big enough chance, or maybe I just chose classes poorly.

Has anyone loved Pure Yoga? Did I give up too soon?


  1. August 17, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    I’ve never been and have never experienced an instructor that was that much of an asshole. I sort of want to check her out now.

    • Nicole
      August 17, 2015 / 2:11 pm

      haha yea maybe if you go in there knowing she’s not going to be nice it’s a whole different experience 🙂

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