You would expect anything but the sweet smell of burning incense when you get off the L train on the Jefferson stop. But the smell only grows stronger as you walk up the steps to Wyckoff Ave and, we assure you, you are not imagining it. The incense belongs to Good Yoga that opened in December 2012 in Bushwick.
This great location of Good Yoga, right at the top of the steps from the L train on Wyckoff Ave has been causing many curious visitors to pop in and ask about this new addition to the neighborhood. Good Yoga Bushwick (or Goodwick, as they lovingly call it) is one of three Good Yoga locations. The first one opened in 2009 in Greenpoint. Its founders Flannery Foster and Raymond Gonzales have traveled the world, and wanted to open an urban ashram, a sanctuary of yoga and community. Good Yoga in Greenpoint also has guest rooms for travelers and out-of-city participants of their yoga teacher program. Holistic education, vegetarian food and other community activities participated in Good Yoga’s success, and inspired its branching out to Clinton Hill and Bushwick.
“Many of our teachers live here in Bushwick,” told us Jen Warakomski, a Good Yoga teacher and manager of Goodwick. “They have been telling us that there is a need for yoga here. And then we found this amazing space.” Jen looked around the studio with infatuation. We have to agree. Good Yoga space is truly exceptional. Cork floors, tall ceilings, two lovely skylights and LOTSA of space make Good Yoga the nicest yoga studio in Bushwick.
In a good company of Bushwick studios Loom Yoga, Jai Yoga Arts, boozy Cobra Club and trippy Body Actualized, Good Yoga feels little bit more upscale, like a good studio in Manhattan, although not at the expense of a personal, community driven and friendly experience. I took a Goodflow class with Jen Warakomski, which was nothing but an excellent experience. The studio is decorated in traditional style with flowers, candles, Buddha statues and offerings. It is spotlessly clean and the atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant. Good Yoga is an eclectic well-organized studio that offers a high-end yoga experience in Bushwick. It is important to note that the price of a Good Yoga basic monthly membership is almost double that of Loom Yoga or Jai Yoga Arts.
Good Yoga offers 3-4 classes every day, the earliest one starting at 7:30AM and the latest one at 7:30PM. Goodflow is a traditional Vinyasa class but you can opt also for the more physical Ashtanga. In addition, Good Yoga offers Goodcore and Goodback classes, which focus specifically on your core and your back, something we all need! Jen told us that they are also starting a fresh juices bar very soon.
Good Yoga is a beautiful, peaceful place that we absolutely recommend visiting. Especially with their intro special – $15 will get you an intro class and six additional days of yoga.