The new Nalini Method space on the Upper West Side.
Every time I try a new barre class, I ask myself a question: How is this barre class different from all other barre classes? Sometimes the differences are subtle, like a slight variance in pace or intensity. Sometimes the differences are more obvious, like Figure 4’s unique sequencing and combination of cardio and strength exercises.
In the case of the Nalini Method, there are distinct differences that sets Rupa Mehta’s creation apart from the pack – and makes it one of the all-time best workouts in New York City.
The Nalini Method is not new. Rupa created the class in 2003 and taught out of a small shared studio on the Upper West Side. After years of building a loyal following, the Nalini Method moved to Pure Yoga. While the class was primarily the same, the atmosphere changed drastically from bare-bones to glam. And now Nalini Method is at its permanent home at 248 West 60th Street in a space that is open and airy, yet down-to-earth, in the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.
Here’s what makes Nalini Method different:
Rupa trained six other instructors in her method, and what is unique is that each has his or her own role within the company in addition to just teaching. As a result, the staff shares Rupa’s true passion for their work. When I arrived I was greeted by Shannon Algeo, who runs Nalini’s social networking. His enthusiasm for the company was contagious, and he left me wanting to trek all the way back to this Upper West Side spot to take his class – even if I don’t share his passion for the waterski exercise. Ouch.
In short, The Nalini Method is a full-body barre workout that is in fact different from other barre workouts. The location is a bit far west, but those looking for a unique variation of the barre class that will provide real results should absolutely give Nalini Method a try. You just might get hooked.
Dori Manela is a writer, content manager and social media consultant. Raised in Queens, Dori now lives in Manhattan, taking as many exercise classes in NYC as possible in search of the perfect workout. She started Dori's Shiny Blog in November 2007. As her passion for fitness grew, DSB turned into a health & fitness blog. With the help of her favorite social networking site Twitter, Dori has connected with other bloggers, boutique fitness studios, companies and readers to share her love of working out.