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Top 10 NYC Wellness Trends for 2011 With Exclusive Commentary From Melisse Gelula

Posted: December 13, 2010

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Vigorous vinyasa is currently the city’s most popular style of yoga. And for some New York City yoga teachers, it’s becoming a platform for layering on practices like Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) and breakdancing. Carlos Rodriguez, who created Caponyasa, and Anya Porter, founder of Breakti, are just two examples of this innovative new school of yoga.

8. Juice couture

This year’s juice-cleanse mania created a thirst for premium juices that has nothing to do with fasting. With ABC Elixir Bar, Jean-Georges Vongerichten proved that a juice joint can be upmarket. One Lucky Duck, Juice Generation and newcomer Liquid Pump are making quality cold-pressed drinks widely available, while stalwart Organic Avenue plans to open more outposts in 2011.

9. A call to arms

Toned arms are the must-have muscle group, thanks to Michelle Obama and Madonna. Try to find a group fitness class that doesn’t seriously salute the guns—spinning classes include a 10-minute arm sequence; barre classes make sure your arms get as jacked as your core. Fitness fashion is changing as a result: arm-baring tanks have completely replaced old school t-shirts.

10. The new New York mom

Moms-to-be can expect seriously upgraded wellness options. Every yogini can now choose from a wide selection of prenatal classes—from gentle to serious Vinyasa—as well as designer maternity apparel to practice in. Prenatal spa menus expand at New York City spas, from SoHo Sanctuary to the Peninsula, thanks to greater demand and greater therapist expertise.

Exclusive spa-focused commentary by Melisse Gelula, co-founder of Well+Good

"Smaller spas with a room for fitness can work with the bar trend. A bar class uses a ballet bar, but it's not ballet. Clients might do a few poses that look like ballet, but the goal is to work muscle groups in isolation to point of exhaustion. Then you use the bar to elongate those muscles, which can result in a dancer's body with long muscles instead of bulky muscles.