Body & Mind Builders

Body & Mind Builders is a new holistic wellness and learning center in the heart of Tribeca. Classes for adults and children are offered 7 days a week and offer a range of physical and mental challenges for all ages.

The newly renovated space offers a feeling of eco-bliss. The large studio where many of the yoga classes are held is serenely quiet, providing the illusion that you’ve actually escaped the hustle and bustle of the city.

But perhaps the most impressive aspect of the studio is the wide range of amazing teachers, whose knowledge base ranges from math to meditation. Come by and check it out for yourself!

10 CLASS PASS for $150
Expires 3 months from date of purchase

EXPRESS CLASSES (45 minutes) are only $12/class

New to yoga? Try out the Intro to Yoga Workshop – $50 for all 3 sessions

Body & Mind Builders

78 Reade Street New York, NY 10007

Liza Laird’s Class Schedule


6:00pm-7:00pm Power Yoga

7:15pm – 8:15pm Restorative Yoga


5:30pm – 6:30pm Power Yoga


12:00pm – 1:00pm Restorative Yoga

1:15pm – 2:15pm Vinyasa Yoga


1:00pm – 2:30pm Restorative Yoga

3:00pm – 4:00pm Hatha Blend Yoga


Good Commons. Good Times.

Magical is the perfect word to describe my experience at Good Commons in Plymouth, VT. It has been a few weeks since I left this pristine setting, and I am still feeling its impact both mentally and physically.

Watching the changing leaves, absorbing the peacefulness of the country, and being surrounded by 13 extraordinary women, one man, and one adorable dog was a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

The retreat was led by Ashley Turner, an inspiring yoga instructor and psychotherapist. Her contagious energy and ability to perceive the different needs of her students helps explain why so many amazing people participate in her retreats. The group of women on this trip were all such beautiful, unfailingly kind and uplifting people

Each yoga class was more refreshing and challenging than the next. In addition to yoga, we visited a dairy farm and hiked Okemo Mountain, which is truly stunning. The chance to have an entire weekend to explore not just your own body and mind but the natural world around you helps keep you present and centered. I’m still not capable of fully describing the experience to my satisfaction – all I know is I wanted to never leave!

I hope you have the chance to experience the breathtaking beauty of Vermont at Good Commons!

Here are some upcoming events at Good Commons!

Boo & Brew – A Gourmet Getaway! Oct 29 – Nov 1, 2009 – “Gourmet weekend that includes brewing your own beer, a trip to an apple orchard and pumpkin patch, sunset hayride, Day of the Dead Feast prepared by your own private chef and an exclusive in-house ceremony with full trance medium and author Robin May.”

Winter Food & Wine Expedition Jan 15-18, 2010 – “Boutique getaway filled with premiere winter activities, your own private chef and the warmth and comfort of all that Good Commons has to offer.”


Everything you ‘do’ is yoga…

With yoga classes to teach and grad school applications to complete, these days I’m finding it hard to fit in my own daily yoga practice. I can still get 30 to 60 minutes of self-directed practice here and there, and I do usually make my favorite classes — but I would love to be doing more. I decided to pursue yoga as a career because of my passion for it. I find it pretty ironic that in order to secure yoga as a career, I’m finding more and more that I have to force myself to do less of it!

A few days ago I was complaining about this to my boyfriend and all of the sudden my mind stepped back, and I watched myself complaining. I don’t remember ever choosing to do that. But it immediately reminded me that everything I do is a yoga practice. Asana and doing the dishes are more similar than we think. It seems cliché for so many reasons to say that life is yoga and yoga is life, but it is an incredibly important concept for those who accept it into their lives. The purpose of the mindful and focused attention we have holding sirsansana (headstand) is to promote an approach to experiencing the world around us that is most likely to maintain a healthy mind, body and temperament over the course of one’s life.

Translating the approach to experience that yoga cultivates into one’s daily life can help address problems ranging from breaking too many wine glasses when doing the dishes to understanding better how you want to spend your time on earth and what it means to you. But I’m not sure any of us are really qualified on that topic, so let’s just start with something small. Next time you do the dishes, laundry, exercise or clean – watch yourself doing it, pay attention to little details and don’t let your mind wander. Focus every little voice in your head on the core task at hand – let that task be an orphaned island in the abyss of your mind. Float effortlessly in that abyss without knowing that you’re floating.

Good luck!


Day 3 – Week 1

Today is day 3 of the Balance Challenge and so far I have been mindful of my body and my physical practice. Today I am listening to what my body needs, and that is rest. I fear I am catching a cold so I am taking it easy and doing a few restorative asanas today.  Although it is hard to allow myself to slow down, I know that is what my body desires.

Yesterday, I identified the 5 asana (see below) that will be the focus of my first week. The asana all strongly activate and balance the Muladhara (Root) Chakra. The Balance Challenge I have created is based mostly on my fear of the future and feeling of not being grounded. Asanas that activate the Muladhara Chakra help to stabilize you.

The Muladhara Chakra is located at the base of the body and when it is out of sync there are issues with fear and survival. When balanced there is a feeling of being grounded and safe.

1.     Tadasana (Mountain Pose) Benefits: feeling of deep connection to the earth; teaches basic alignment for poses; improves overall posture.

2.     Deviasana (Goddess Pose) Benefits: builds personal power; improves circulation to the legs and abdominal organs; strengthens knees and ankles.

3.     Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose) Benefits: builds trust; gives strength to surrender to true self from inner power; invigorates the heart, thyroid, and brain.

4.     Supta Padangusthasana (Supine Hand to Toe Pose) Benefits: releases tension from the center of your being; stretches and strengthens the thighs, hips, groins, hamstrings, calves and knees.

5.     Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Butterfly Pose) Benefits: opens to trust and patience; hip joints release tension; good for digestion.

In addition to asana in order to balance the Muladhara Chakra there are certain foods that help to anchor the body. Protein (meats), root vegetables, and red fruits such as apples and pomegranates are the foods of the First Chakra. I am not a fan of meat, but I’ll try some heavier foods this week to cultivate the support needed to stabilize the Muladhara Chakra.