Nalini Method at Pure Yoga + Yonect Giveaway

Back in 2009, I tried a fitness class called Nalini Method and I absolutely loved it. Then I went a second time! However, the class was inconvenient for me to get to and not offered all the time, so after my first two classes I didn’t return. But times have changed and the Nalini Method is now at Pure Yoga, with a robust class schedule! When I was offered the opportunity to try Nalini Method at its fancy new home, I couldn’t wait!

I’ve never been to Pure Yoga before, and it was even more gorgeous that I expected. I was blown away the second I walked in. It was like walking into luxury.

I was given this place card to bring to class — every person gets a spot in class that corresponds with their place at the bar — and shown to the locker room that was full of amazing amenities. Deodorant, hair dryers, body lotion, a sauna, q-tips, and more.

The class room is devoted to Nalini Method classes only, with this cozy relaxation area right outside.

What is the Nalini Method? From the website:

The Nalini Method is a challenging and results-driven class which promises to give students a long, lean physique. The Nalini Method is a combination of yoga, Pilates, aerobics, barre work, strength and resistance training. This dynamic class fosters the quick results of a personal instructor within an energized group setting.

The classroom itself was on the smaller side, with adequate room for each person. Reading back on my first review of Nalini Method is funny because I wrote this:

And then we did a plank. I despise planks. They’re just so difficult and uncomfortable! Rupa said we were going to hold the plank for 1 minute and I was nervous. But during that minute we did some movements by alternating each knee down which broke the time up a bit. Then we did pushups. Only they were real pushups. I do not do real pushups. I do girl pushups.

Anyone who knows me now knows that I love planks! They are my favorite exercise. I rarely do “girl” pushups anymore either. I might not get down very far, but I do my best with straight leg pushups. Oh, how much has changed in my life since May 8, 2009.

When I entered the room I was warmly greeted by Rupa. She was just as sweet as I remembered! She helped me get set up at my spot, which had ankle weights, a mat, a playground ball and yoga blocks. We were instructed to get a weighted disc as well. I looked around me at the other women and felt comforted that this class did not appear to be a fashion show. Everyone was dressed in their own style, whether it be a t-shirt and shorts or Lululemon.

The meat of the class did not change. It was just as I remembered it. We started with a very challenging sequence using the hand weights, with the yoga block between our thighs. I especially liked leaning towards one side holding onto both weights with one hand to work our waists. I don’t see that type of exercise very often and I really felt that one the next day — and that is an area I’d like to target more.

I was impressed with the strength of the people around me. They were all using pretty heavy weights for a “light weight” workout. The plank/pushup sequence was intense as well. Rupa had us secure our ankle weights on, which stayed on for the remainder of the class! This brought the entire workout to a whole new level. We started with full-form pushups, moved on to a straight arm plank, then pushups on our knees with our hands in the yoga blocks, then a forearm plank. This set definitely challenged me. During it, I was not happy but as soon as it finished I thought, “I want to do this again!” Very effective, and my heart was racing. After an in-depth stretch, we moved to the bar for our thigh work. The first thing we did was very different from other bar classes: we stood with our backs against the bar, held the weighted disc out in front of us, and got into a straight-back chair pose (imagine just sitting in a pretend chair in the air). We did pulses while holding the disc out, and we held the pose at the lowest point and moved the disc out and in. So intense and my legs were shaking!

(Rupa assisting a class wearing ankle weights.)

We went on to do more chair pose holding on to the bar (the “usual” bar class way) with the ball between our leg (I used a yoga block because of a hip injury, which Rupa was extremely attuned to and always gave me modifications) as well as some parallel leg thigh work. We did many short sets as opposed to three longer sets. These short sets made it easier to stick it out through the pain and broke up the monotony a bit. Rupa was so enthusiastic and inspiring, she really just made everyone WANT to stick through the pain. People were taking less breaks than I normally see in this type of class.

After more deep stretching, we went to our mats for some glute work. First some pelvic tilts/hip lifts, which have become my favorite thing. We then went into a tabletop position (on hands and knees) and Rupa gave the class the option of being on their hands or their forearms. I initially went onto my hands but Rupa thought going on my forearms would help work my core better and in turn help my injury more.  When we completed this it was time to stretch the areas we just worked. Since this involved hip stretching, Rupa helped me find stretches that would not bother me. I love the personal attention and help she gave throughout class — not just to me, but to everyone there.

We put our mats under the bar for our core work — and finally said goodbye to our ankle weights! Everyone had a strap tied to the bar at their spot, and we laid on our backs under the bar and held on to the strap to assist us on our abdominal exercises — all with the yoga block between our thighs. This caused us to engage our core and thighs at the same time. I have done similar exercises in Core Fusion, but this incorporated some different movements.

This picture portrays exactly what we did:

After a little more stretching, class was over. The time seriously flew by! The workout was nonstop, the music was awesome, Rupa’s energy was contagious and everyone was working to their limit. I pushed myself hard because the class environment made me really want to! Rupa was working the room, fixing everyone’s form the entire time. Her words of encouragement were motivating and inspiring, and I was a sweaty mess by the end of class! And the number one sign that I truly love a workout — I left craving more.

Rupa herself is just amazing. She spent time with me after class showing me stretches for my hip, since most of the hip stretches I know are openers that hurt me. She really took the time to assist me, and it is obvious that she does this for any student who needs help. I am so proud of Rupa and the way she expanded her business. She created an updated and modern take on an old (Lotte Berk) method, and it is no wonder she has such a devoted and loyal following. There is no way you can take Nalini Method regularly and not get results. I am thrilled that so many more people now know about the Nalini Method since it moved to Pure Yoga. Rupa deserves all the success she is getting.

Before I left, Rupa gave me a book she wrote called Yonect. I am always impressed when someone young writes a book — it gives me hope for myself. I read Yonect and it made me admire Rupa even more than I already do. Her parents taught her important life lessons, which she shares with her readers through anecdotes and explanation. Rupa writes in a way that made me feel like I personally know her mother and father; I feel like I can walk right into their home and be welcomed. Rupa is extremely wise, especially for someone so young, and she thanks her upbringing and supportive family for this knowledge and confidence to handle anything she encounters.  She hopes to impart her life lessons onto everyone who reads this book, and she encourages you to think about your own past and experiences and choose one word to define yourself; one word to remember in good times and bad, to ground you and enlighten you, to keep you remembering your purpose. Rupa found that choosing one word helped her discover who she is and who her parents are, and hopes everyone else can experience this as well. Read a sample chapter here.

I recommend ordering a copy of Yonect. It is less than 100 pages and is sweet, inspiring and beautiful. I took so many incredible lessons away from it, and along with Rupa I hope you will too. That is why I am giving away one copy of Yonect.

Win a copy of Rupa Mehta’s book Yonect:

To enter to win, leave a comment here telling me who inspires you. It could be anyone: a parent, a teacher, a friend, a celebrity, a politician, a puppy. I just want to know who inspires you! I will announce the randomly chosen winner in next week’s post.

I also strongly recommend trying Nalini Method at Pure Yoga if you are in New York City.

I have no doubt you will find Rupa and the Nalini Method just as inspiring as I did.

22 comments on Nalini Method at Pure Yoga + Yonect Giveaway

  1. Ali @ Ali on the Run
    January 18, 2011 at 9:32 am (7 years ago)

    Great review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the class. Rupa is a total sweetheart. We actually featured her and the Nalini Method about a year and a half ago in the magazine I work for. Also, so glad you loved Pure! I’ve been twice now & I’m seriously obsessed. I can’t imagine a nicer facility!
    Ali @ Ali on the Run´s last blog post ..I’m Going Away More Often!

  2. Amber
    January 18, 2011 at 9:49 am (7 years ago)

    Wow – that place looks amazing. I LOVE that they have place cards!

    At the risk of sounding overly cheesy, my husband is my biggest inspiration. He makes want to do more, to be more. I’m so lucky he showed up when he did.

  3. Jess@atasteofconfidence
    January 18, 2011 at 10:16 am (7 years ago)

    My oldest sisters are my biggest inspiration. They are 20 years older than me, so they have always been my role models.
    Jess@atasteofconfidence´s last blog post ..Tag! You’re It

  4. Mel
    January 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm (7 years ago)

    This sounds awesome. How would you compare the level of challengingness (is that a word?) to Core Fusion?

    My mom inspires me. Right now she’s completing her last semester of a Masters program (in one year!), applying for a competitive PhD program, filing our 6 family tax returns, working, working out every day and taking care of the house, cooking, etc. That sort of hard work and dedication is so admirable to me.

  5. melissa
    January 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Great review. I love the Nalini method and Rupa. It is a shame that all the pure studios are such a trek for me!

    I will definitely try to check it out though!

    My girl scout leader from my youth continues to inspire me.
    melissa´s last blog post ..A New Page!

  6. Michelle
    January 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm (7 years ago)

    Loved this review…another workout I wish was in my vicinity to try! My biggest inspiration right now is my boyfriend. He knows what he wants, he’s driven and he let’s nothing get in his way to get it. Success isn’t immediate, but all of the in between is just as important.

  7. rita
    January 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm (7 years ago)

    great review, will need to check it out next time i’m in NYC!

    my older sister inspires me. she is always positive and so strong and i can only hope to be more like here as i grow up!:) oddly enough, her maiden name is rupal mehta!

  8. Jess
    January 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm (7 years ago)

    WOW!! That looks like an intense but AWESOME class! I would love to try it, though I’d probably embarrass myself, heh. Let’s see…who inspires me? Bloggers like you! Of all shapes and size who aspire to greatness. That’s what inspires me these days :-)
    Jess´s last blog post ..Uh- remember the anti-cardio funk

  9. Missy Maintains
    January 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm (7 years ago)

    The studio looks so pretty! I need to get myself there one day! Still one of the best (and hardest) classes I’ve ever taken! Oh and you inspire me! You went from dreading the gym to running half marathons and taking Core Fusion every day! Love it. I’m not just sucking up to win the book haha.
    Missy Maintains´s last blog post ..Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

  10. andi
    January 19, 2011 at 5:40 am (7 years ago)

    my father inspires me. he’s such an amazing nurse, I only hope to be as great as him someday. <3

    and, I really wish I lived in NYC because between CoreFusion classes and now Nalini method, I would loooove to work out there!
    andi´s last blog post ..random facts for a cold morning

  11. Fit Chick in the City
    January 19, 2011 at 9:58 am (7 years ago)

    Great review! I have to get to a Nalini class soon! I too love hip lifts/bridges. I can’t figure out why, but they are often my favorite part of classes like these.
    Fit Chick in the City´s last blog post ..Reason 432

  12. Dale Robbins Tenzer
    January 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm (7 years ago)

    My mom -( your grandma) inspires me everyday!

  13. miles & manhattan
    January 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm (7 years ago)

    I love Rupa!! Can’t wait to try REFINE METHOD with you!!
    miles & manhattan´s last blog post ..Free Yoga

  14. Cailin @ Stir Crazy
    January 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm (7 years ago)

    Pure Yoga looks Amazing!! I don’t live in NYC, but I wish we had something similar where I live! I’ve never even heard of the Nalini method, but it seems like an amazing workout. And of course it always helps to have a fantastic instructor :)
    My husband often inspires me with his unwavering commitment and determination to almost everything he does, including training for marathons in between long work hours and being an amazing father to our son :) He never does anything less than 150%!

  15. wendy sue
    January 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm (7 years ago)

    I am inspired by a woman in my marathon training group. She is in her mid 50’s and didn’t begin running until she was 45! She has since qualified for boston 4 times and her running + cross training workouts are amazing!

  16. Carolyn
    January 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m inspired by anyone who opens their heart more and more and is willing to learn lessons in wisdom.

  17. sofia
    January 25, 2011 at 8:20 am (7 years ago)

    i’m inspired by the resilience of my students that i work with. despite everything, they manage to act like kids – immature at moments when they should be, more serious when necessary. and they’ve got more on the plates than i could ever imagine, so for this i’m endlessly impressed and inspired.
    sofia´s last blog post ..Dining and Drinking in Philly- Day One- Brunch at Sabrina’s- Dinner at Zahav and Late-Night Cocktails at the Franklin &amp Mortgage Investment Co

  18. Lindsey
    January 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm (7 years ago)

    I am inspired by tons of people; my mom for being a rock 24/7, my dad for being the one guy I can always count on, my sister- for being my best friend even when I am a brat, the runners I see every morning in negative wind chill temps while I drive to work @ 6am, the woman at my current yoga studio who beat breast, pancreatic and ovarian cancer and still practices in the 105 degree heat, gosh i could go on and on- thats what’s great about life, everyone you meet has the opportunity to move you in some way :)

  19. diana@mymarblerye
    January 27, 2011 at 9:21 am (7 years ago)

    the nalini yoga is the “hot” workout of the week in the USWeekly magazine!! I can’t do traditional yoga! I just can’t!
    diana@mymarblerye´s last blog post ..Wedding Wednesday- The Cakes


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