“I’m a Yankee,” I announced to my boyfriend as I rode along in the passenger’s seat of his car.
He laughed. Him, the southern anomaly – Father from White Plains NY, mother from San Francisco and he somehow managed to develop a southern accent between the years 1996 and 2000. College of course. “You are definitely not a Yankee.”
“Well I’m definitely not a southerner, ”
“No, you’re not a southerner. You’re from Florida.”
That old song.
My first 3 years as a transplant in New York, I longed for Florida during the months of January through March. I would fly home and turn my face towards the weak sun like a plant searching for light. That was plenty to satiate my Florida needs before I decided that I wasn’t leaving New York – ever. Now I get hot in 50 degree weather, favor black and raise my eyebrow at any food with the word “feet” or “rind” in the title.
Every now now and then I experience a longing for New York. In particular, the pure joy that came from teaching yoga to a group of 45 people – minimum. The largest class I ever taught capped out at 72 bodies in the room. The smallest, 35. The surge that comes from guiding 50 + bodies in a wave of asana is incomparable in a way that can only be experienced by doing it.
There are two yoga studio in Durham that I frequent regularly and offer a similar energy. And in a rarely seen reversal of migratory direction, one of those beloved studios is moving – you guessed it – to Brooklyn! Sync Studio that hails from Durham is opening up a branch near my old neighborhood in Williamsburg. Slated to open on South 2nd Street, Sync will be a studio (read: not a gym) that offers cycling classes and yoga classes. After attending Sync’s yoga classes in Downtown Durham with David on Wednesdays and de-stressing on a bike with Amy on Mondays, I am able to proclaim that Sync is a professional, clean, and no BS facility that makes their classes fun for all attending. Perfect for Brooklyn. And what better way to build up a thirst for Green Juice than to sweat it out on a bike at Sync?
I love being able to offer something that I enjoy in my new southern home, to those who lives in my previous home of good ole’ Brooklyn. Check out Sync and report back.
Talk to ya’ll later!