Sanc Pil will make you JUMP!

Can you think of a more thrilling way to get that blood pumpin’, burn extra cals, and tone your bod other than jumping? We can’t. Throw on your baggiest pants (backwards, of course) and JUMP!




Aside from the countless ways in which jumping around is just plain fun, there are also TONS of health benefits.  Not to mention, it is a super efficient way to reap all the benefits of cardiovascular training.  In just 10 minutes of jumping, you can achieve the same cardio benefits as you would running for 33 minutes!

Not sold on jumping yet? Check this- bouncing stimulates the lymphatic system which rids your body of toxins, bacteria, and viruses.  So jumping will literally shake your immune system into high gear!

Still not convinced? It’s easy to see how jumping would tone up your muscles, but did you know working against gravity actually strengthens all body systems? That means the muscle fibers of your heart get stronger and stronger with each bounce, digestion improves, and even your skin cells get a work out.

So try the Sanctuary Jump Challenge this month! We’ll be doing it in the studio and encouraging you all to do it at home:

12 jumps with legs in parallel, feet hip distance apart
12 jumps with externally rotated legs, heels together & toes apart (first position)
12 jumps with externally rotated legs, heels spread wide apart (second position)
12 jumps with externally rotated legs, heels spread wide apart (second position)
12 jumps with externally rotated legs, heels together & toes apart (first position)
12 jumps with legs in parallel, feet hip distance apart

Repeat the whole thing 2 or 3 times for an extra push!



Feeling like the Muppets rats after the threat of unemployment?

Come on into Sanctuary and BEAT THE HEAT! We’re cranking the A/C and keeping it cool.  Don’t let the weather get you down!

And for extra incentive to get in here- for the entire month of August we’re asking you to introduce us to your BFFL’s!* Choose your favorite group mat class, bring a friend we’ve never met, and they’ll be able to take class with you for free! We can’t think of a better gift to give to a friend.

So stop by, cool off in the studio, and starting August 1st- bring a friend!

Check out our live group mat class schedule online.

*Offer runs 8/1/2013-8/31/2013.  Your friend must be new to Sanctuary, and this offer applies only to their first class.  Bring as many friends as you like (PARTY)!




While we obviously encourage feeling HOT HOT HOT all year round, this summer at Sanctuary is all about feeling cool.  We know you want to up your Sanc Swag, so here’s what we’ve been doing in the studio to stay FRESH TO DEATH!




Sunless tanning with VEGETABLES!

Who doesn’t love a bronzed look in the summertime? What we don’t like is the skin damage and premature aging.  This summer, get that healthy glow by eating right!

We all know that a healthy diet makes our skin look great.  But a recent study conducted in Great Britain has actually shown that diets rich in carotenoids give skin the same vibrancy that a couple hours in the sun does! Spinach, carrots, tomatoes, and plums are all super healthy ways to boost the carotenoid deposited under your skin and make you look like a bronzed beach goddess!

The best part? A diet rich in produce crushes free radicals that cause wrinkles! So put down the Banana Boat and pick up a carrot. You literally have nothing to lose (other than a couple pounds and fine lines)!

Don’t feel like waiting for the carrots to kick in? If you’re local, head on over to Benefit on 3rd Ave (between 74th and 75th) for the best spray tan of your life!

Sanctuary is feeling BOOTYLICIOUS

Ain’t no time better than July to work on lifting that booty.  That’s why this month is all about butts here at Sanc.  Get ready to bridge, lunge, swim, and double-leg kick for your life! And our challenge for each and every client: 36 front lunges, and 36 side lunges EVERY DAY!

In our group classes and private sessions, we’ll take the time to focus on your behind because while we like to see you coming, we LOVE to watch you going.  Stick with us, and you’ll have a butt that’s Jay-Z smack-worthy in no time!

And isn’t that everyone’s dream?



Welcome Summer!

Summer has arrived, and we’re kickin’ it off in traditional Sanc Style— with lots of FUN!


This month in private sessions, group classes, and workshops we’ll all be focusing on going upside down! Sound scary? It’s not! Inverting can be as simple as a roll down or a downward dog, and the benefits are endless.  Aside from the obvious balance and focus enhancing attributes, inversions are a fantastic way to improve circulation, relieve stress, strengthen ligaments, and reduce pain in overworked muscles.  We want you to experience all of these things! So join us in our month-long celebration of anti-gravity and before you know it, you’ll be walking to Starbucks on your hands.



We’ve kicked off our first round of our Summer Silks Series and (not to toot our own horn)— IT’S AWESOME!  We’ve been brushing up on our basics, learning new skills, and gaining all kinds of confidence.  Imagine facing something you never thought you could do, and then doing it! With Lara’s expert guidance, you’ll be climbing to the top of those silks in no time.  And besides feeling empowered, you’ll be sculpting that bikini bod!

Our next round begins Saturday, 6/29 and will run for four Saturdays from 12-1:30pm.  You must commit to all four Saturdays to join, and the cost is $180 ($45/class). Email or call us to register: 212-427-6047



If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve probably noticed our FABULOUS new website! Check it out and get your Sanc fill- see what we’re up to, what’s new, and even what music we’re listening to in the studio.

And if you fill like you’re really missing out on all the fun around here, be sure to follow us on Facebook (  You’ll get up to the minute updates on all of our events, classes, workshops, and favorite things!


We’re sending lots of good, summer-lovin’ your way and we hope to see you around the studio! -The Sanc Team

Sanctuary Silks Workshop Series

Looking to take your workouts to the next level? Here at Sanctuary, we’re doing just that… literally!

Tammra in a hip hang

In March, we kicked off our first Sanctuary Silks Workshop Series, and it was a blast! As the workshop began, our daring aerialists bravely faced their fears as they learned the basics of aerial silk work. By the end of the three week series, the studio was filled with high-flying pros!

Each class began with a Pilates-based warm up to establish a strong connection with stabilization muscles and to fire up those abs! After the warm up, students moved to the silks and began with basic single foot locks and drop preps. Before they knew it, everyone was wowing each other and themselves with aerial tricks like hip hangs and gazelles.


Rosalie in a single foot lock with a lean


Heather doing her gazelle

With encouragement from Kate, Lara, and each other, everyone found their inner aerialist daredevil and discovered that they are strong in ways they had never imagined. Student, Tammra, described the workshop as, “Fun but very challenging,” adding that, “It’s tough.” That fun challenge is exactly what makes the Sanctuary Silks Workshop Series an inspiring way to overcome self-doubt and change up your workout!

Check out these splits!



Stay tuned for the dates for our next series! It’s not to be missed.