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You know what yoga and yoga-barre group classes typically are? Many things, but top on that list are affluent and very white. So Corinne Wainer and Shauny Lamba, cofounders of SHAKTIBARRE in Williamsburg, are working to change that. Through an array of holistic health classes (in-studio and in an actual classrooms, like with books, tables, and chairs), sliding scale prices, a café with an Ayurvedic menu, and upcoming programs for local public school youth,...
I’m a runner. Neither yoga nor barre classes have appealed to me historically. On one hand, I prefer exercising outside, and alone, rather than with groups and indoors. And on the other, boutique fitness culture has also turned me off. The kind that idealizes unattainable physiques, feels interpersonally or socially inauthentic, and is, you know, very, very white—not to mention expensive. “I did the research, and 82.2 percent of the boutique fitness population are women,”...

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