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Everyone knows born-and-bred New Yorkers are their own kind of people. By the age of four or five they are professionals at doing things that shocked and thrilled me as a teenager, like eating sushi, and wearing semi-cool clothes. Same goes for yoga. I first tried it in earnest after a breakup (namely, when I was an adult) because I needed something that emotionally calmed and centered me. Now in Gowanus, a new yoga studio fills...
"It's all in the lower back," explained Zach McFadden, a limber instructor at Banana Skirt Productions to about 30 young women with their hands clasped together over their heads, attempting to twerk. The event was Banana Skirt's signature class "Ratchet Zooba," a hip hop-infused take on the fogey-ish Zumba craze. Zumba was created by a Colombian dancer in the 1990s, but the mainstream didn't catch on until the late aughts when it flipped the fitness...

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