Bi-coastal yoga company Yogaworks recently stretched its limbs into Brooklyn, debuting a new venue that transforms the old Brooklyn Municipal building into a serene studio. Now called Brooklyn Heights Plaza, the former government headquarters was revamped into retail space thanks to a proposal by former Mayor Bloomberg and former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Thankfully, Yogaworks opted to retain much of the structure’s original architecture, making for a more sustainable build.
The building’s historic qualities, such as original stone flooring, a mysterious yet charming bank vault-esque door, and large industrial columns, are visibly incorporated into the 5,800-square-foot space. Additional design elements include a modern blend of natural materials, including FSC-certified bamboo flooring, low-VOC paints, and 100% LED lighting.
Guests have a choice of practically any kind of yoga imaginable, along with ballet barre (Barworks®), Sculptworks® and TRX, which offers the chance to scale the daunting Great Yoga Wall® with ropes and other various props. Yogis can then hydrate at a filtered water fountain, which conserves water with a built-in sensor and displays a count of the equivalent number of water bottles per pour. Post-workout amenities include ‘spa’ showers and towel service (fully equipped with organic bath products), a sporty boutique and tea bar. Om to that.