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August 09, 2012

SLT Yoga Goes with the Flow

By Ingrid Skjong | Fitness + Travel

SLT Yoga
Photo courtesy of SLT

Just when it seems as though another new workout couldn’t possibly wedge itself into the fitness universe, the next big thing comes along. This time it is SLT Yoga (the “SLT” stands for Strengthen Lengthen Tunes), which debuted this spring. An offshoot of the original SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone)—a Pilates-based group workout done on a Megaformer, a souped-up version of a traditional Pilates Reformer—the yoga classes set to music were borne of the nearly inescapable popularity of downward dogs and sun salutations. But make no mistake: SLT Yoga is more about muscle overload than oms.

The creation of Erin Jacques, formerly the director of yoga at Exhale, is designed to get results. We tried Hardcore, a challenging combination of Vinyasa flow and a particularly pointed—or, depending on your outlook, particularly cruel—focus on the core. Planks of all kinds (on forearms, bending alternating knees; on hands, bringing knee to elbow) interplay with traditional poses and sequences. Breaking a sweat is a guarantee, and since coasting through a class simply isn’t an option, your body is constantly engaged. Two additional options stoke things even more: Fast-paced Shred weaves in cardio moves and strength training with light weights; Yoga Flow takes the practice in a decidedly athletic direction. 37 W. 57th St., Suite 701; 212-355-1737; sltnyc.com.