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On July 26, as Congress fought over the debt ceiling, 200 people crowded into Yogamaya’s temple-like studio on 20th Street to hear Radhanath Swami discuss how he lives without a bank account, eats but once a day, and sleeps on a mat on the floor.
Could this bring solace to a city full of worriers? So it seems.
As economists debate a double-dip recession, and the rest of us wonder what it means for our livelihoods and savings, yoga studios with a more spiritual bent like Yogamaya are crowded with new practitioners.
Yogamaya co-founders Stacey Brass and Bryn Chrisman are noticing an uptick of interest in their year-old studio’s kirtan sessions and Sutra readings. Brass explains, “Right now, people want something to hook into, they want clarity of purpose. Even though we have to make money and provide for our families and live in the world, we organically crave a way to simplify everything and understand our existence through a higher connection.”