We’ve shared with you our favorite spots to get a facial in the big apple and a brazilian, but to tap into the best of the best in the wellness community we reached out to New York City local, Esther Widjaja, founder of clean beauty brand Y et Beauté and devout yoga practitioner (whose time studying ashtanga yoga in India inspired her new line of lipsticks), for her top New York wellness picks. She downloaded us on her favorite yoga studios, green hair salon, where to get the tastiest bowl of soba noodles and the doctor to go see when you’re ready for your annual full body detox cleanse (blood test and nutrition evaluation included).
“There are two places I highly recommend. The first is The Brooklyn Yoga Club. It is a traditional Ashtanga yoga school based on the teachings of Pattabhi Jois and now his grandson, Sharath Jois, from Mysore, India. The teacher Eddie Stern is one of the most respected teachers in the Ashtanga community. This “Mysore Class” is offered daily between 6-11am, you can come in anytime, and whether beginner or advanced, a teacher will guide you through the sequence and give adjustments.
I also practice at Pure Yoga on the West side of Manhattan. Besides a variety of classes, Pure Yoga is beautifully designed and has the most luxurious amenities – lounges, steam rooms etc. It is membership based, but you can go for drop ins for the Barre class. I like to start my practice at 6:30am and after class I love to relax in the steam room, especially on a cold or snowy day.
If the weather is nice, I suggest renting one of the Citi bikes. You can find them just about every few blocks and right next to Pure. Ride from Hudson Pier to downtown New York. Riding a bike along the river is meditative; there is so much beauty and quietness near the water, and not to mention it’s a great workout too!
I often ride down to the Meatpacking area.
I frequent this neighborhood for two reasons: O&M hair studio and Untitled at the Whitney. O&M (Original and Mineral) originates from Australia, and while their products delivers beautiful colors, their formulations are low in harsh chemicals, making it both effective and gentle. Not to mention they smell divine!
Next to O&M is the restaurant, Untitled, located at the new Whitney Museum. Although not specifically catered to health conscious diners, their vegetable preparations are absolutely stunning and satisfying!
For tired hands and feet
I love Hortūs Nailworks in the lower east side. It’s a pretty, quiet spot, like a mini “jardin” in Paris and great for toxin free mani/padis. They offer a wonderful service of hot teas, and they do great nail artwork. Nearby is cocoran & GOEMON soba; I love this tiny spot for a warm bowl during winter and a nice cold one in the summer.
I go to the acupuncturist Dr. Jin (MingQi) and the Tui na specialist, Judy, in midtown. The place smells of Chinese herbal medicine, and Judy has magic hands that will cure any aches and pains. It is also deeply detoxifying.
For a once a year cleanse
I also love Dr. Frank Lipman of Eleven Eleven Wellness. He does a thorough checkup and blood test, and based on the results prescribes a personal diet and supplements. His 14-day detox cleanse has been proven to be effective time and time again. I do his cleanse once a year!
For good eats
On Sundays, I like to have brunch at Le Pain Quotidian next to the Sheep Meadow; they have a pretty garden space outside and I always order their Quinoa Taboulé salad – it’s so healthy and perfect after a great yoga class!
During the weekend is usually when I allow myself treats, like a good Japanese dinner (15 East, Ushiwakamaru), Saturday brunch at BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman, and very sinful luscious Levain cookies, to name a few!”
-as told to BOND EN AVANT
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