Hot on the heels of the opening of Devi, Williamsburg’s Grand Street strip is getting another yoga studio. Teacher training has already begun at Jared McCann’s Lighthouse Yoga School at 202 Grand. By February, a newly minted fleet of “McCann yogis” should be prepared to help sculpt your body into sinewy, pretzel-ish shapes. (Meaning you can put off that New Year’s resolution for another month.)
McCann, once profiled in The New York Times as a bad boy turned expert yogi, has a specific style of sequences representing a hodgepodge of influences, evidence of his background training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Dharma, and Forrest yoga.
The onetime Yoga to the People teacher is a former international yoga competition champ, and you’ll see some athletic poses on his sleek website and Instagram. But Tony Lupinacci, operations director for the studio, emphasized beginners shouldn’t be intimidated. “Many of Jared’s classes have 70-year-olds and 20-year-olds,” he said. “You look around and it looks like some people in the room invented yoga and some people can’t touch their toes, but everybody is welcome as long as they are willing to give it a shot.”
The studio itself sounds typical Williamsburg-luxe: a long, wide ground-floor space enclosed with accordion doors that can open up to a backyard in the summer time. There’s a mobile app in the works that will let students pay for the $20 classes from their phones. “People will be able to just sign up, register, show up, and then go straight to their mat without feeling any of the bureaucracy aspect of paying or talking to someone,” he said. “Jared wants it to be really seamless, almost like a church.” Mat space will likely be assigned through the app, a la airplane or theater reservation.
The studio plans to have four classes a day once it opens, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stay tuned for an opening party sometime before February 1.