Inhale. Exhale. Fashion Week is officially in full swing, which means things are about to get… hectic (to say the least.) With most perennial events, comes tradition. For those of us fortunate to be in the biz, New York Fashion Week means the usual hiatus from normalcy and dizzying flurry (running from show to show, enduring jabs from fellow photographers while trying to snap street style fame, etc,) leaving us exasperated with reckless abandon. Despite its innocuous intentions, Fashion Week is a wild animal of its own, therefore, cultivating a frenzy that can be as exciting as it can be stress-inducing.
That’s why we saw fit to unearth a cathartic, yet fashionable, method of zen. All hail the ladies of Sky Ting Girls. Chloe Kernaghan and Krissy Jones, who own and run the Sky Ting Yoga flooded with natural light, opened their young Chinatown space two months ago. Offering a variety of dynamic classes, engaging workshops, and even a couple of exotic yoga retreats (how does Nicaragua and Thailand sound?), Krissy and Chloe have hit the nail on the head for a powerful yet peaceful experience. We came to them for some much needed guidance and they gifted us with a personalized sequence, plus a short meditation to follow, to get all of us fashion fated girls and guys centered.
Krissy (left): Portage, Indiana
Chloe (right): Asan, Guam
Krissy: Chinatown, NYC
Chloe: Chinatown, NYC
Krissy: plough pose + ankle to knee
Chloe: Restorative Fish Pose
Favorite post-yoga meal:
Krissy: Macro bowl from Souen
Chloe: Sweetgreen’s Hummus Tahina Salad
Bikram or Vinyasa:
Top travel destination:
Krissy: Turkey, Portugal
Chloe: Guam! or San Sebastian
Must have beauty product:
Krissy: Rose water and coconut oil
Chloe: The Beauty Chef’s “Glow” Inner Beauty Powder
Krissy: Radiate joy!
Chloe: Be kind to yourself, be kind to others.
How do you two know each other?
Krissy: We met through teaching yoga together.
Chloe: We met while teaching at the same yoga studio a few years ago. We started practicing at the same studios together and hanging out to talk about our ideas on life and yoga. From there we decided to lead yoga retreats together around the world. Krissy approached me about her dream of opening a studio, and when she found the perfect space and asked me to be a part of it, we kept our teamwork going and now we have SKY TING YOGA!
What initially drew you to yoga and how did you make it a career?
Krissy: I started doing yoga as a way to compliment my dance training. But then I started to love it as I got deeper in a daily practice. I got serious about becoming a teacher after I started practicing with my mentor Nevine Michaan.
Chloe: I had been first introduced to the practice while at undergrad at NYU and I enjoyed yoga as a nice compliment to the dancing I was doing in school. After college though I was choreographing and working at a restaurant to pay the bills and yoga became a place of solace for me midst the madness of my schedule. After having a steady, daily practice, I decided to deepen my studies with a training, and from there the path just unfolded. I found along every step of the way, each time I was on the precipice of taking a risk and letting something go to make more room for yoga and teaching, it’s always worked out and helped move me even farther forward.
What is the concept behind your studio and how does it differ from others?
Krissy: The concept behind SKY TING is having a beautiful place to practice yoga, with teachers who are inspired to teach.
Chloe: While we do a lot of yoga in our studio, the space itself- both our studio and downstairs lounge/check-in area- have been designed to be a retreat for New Yorkers in the middle of Chinatown. We want SKY TING to be a place for people to gather, whether its for a yoga practice or dinner party. Our idea is that yoga should be a practice that translates both on and off the mat, so we’re working to incorporate community dinners in our space, host interesting workshops and gatherings for people to join in, sell delicious healthy food from Dimes, and display beautiful art and plants with tons of light!!! Things that might help elevate your sense of well being and joy!
What are some exciting things coming up for Sky Ting Yoga/what are your goals for the studio?
Krissy: The sky is the limit. We’re excited about our next retreats, trainings, and maybe even a second location!
Chloe: Well, we’re just two months old and we couldn’t be happier or more appreciative of all the support we’ve had so far. It allows us to keep pushing our ideas and dreams for what the studio can be. Definitely look out for some killer retreat spots in 2016 that we’ll be announcing later in the fall, our workshop program is going to have something to offer for any and all levels of practitioners, and our hope is later down the line to develop our own training program for our students. The sky is the limit!
- Begin sitting up on the shins. Hands at a prayer, eyes closed. Take a moment to follow a simple inhale and exhale.
- Inhale- reach arms up to ceiling, gaze up.
- Exhale- fold forward to child’s pose
- Inhale- snake forward and through to upward facing dog.
5. Exhale- lift hips back to downward facing dog.
- Inhale- step right foot forward to a lunge, tap back knee down and lift chest and arms up.
- Exhale- release hands down, step left foot forward and fold to the legs.
- Inhale- stand tall, reach the arms up and gaze up.
- Exhale- fold right back down to the legs.
- Inhale- step right foot back, tap the knee down and lift the chest and arms.
- Exhale- hands down, downward facing dog.
- Inhale- pull through to upward facing dog.
- Exhale- knees to the floor, child’s pose.
- Inhale- roll up, arms reach up and gaze up.
- Exhale- settle hands to a prayer at the center of the chest and close the eyes.
Move through this sequence a few times through to warm up the body and get the day going. Try and follow the breath with the movement.
After a few rounds, settle into a simple seat, either on the shins or cross-legged. Let the hands settle on to the thighs, facing up, soften the face. With the eyes closed, begin to follow your inhale and exhale. With every inhale silently repeat to yourself “let,” with every exhale silently say “go.” Continue just with that simple phrase, “let go.” When the mind starts to wander, come back to the breath, following your inhale and your exhale. Stay for a few minutes and when your ready, begin to release the mantra and open the eyes.
Location: 55 Chrystie St, New York, NY
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 6:30 PM