Jyll Hubbard-Salk | Yoga Practitioner + Studio Owner
How did you find yoga?
Well my brother was a big dancer and took me to a yoga class at David Barton’s gym on Broadway. And I took my first breath and it was love. I didn’t know I was going to teach it, but I knew it was going to be a vital part of my life. I don’t know when teaching hit me, it just came.
When did you know you wanted to open your own studio?
I wanted to for years. I was at Shambala (in Brooklyn) for 10 years. And then opened up Urban Asanas a year and a half ago.
Do you connect differently in your own space?
Yes, I feel even more open. It’s like mi casa es su casa. I’ve created that space but it’s you guys who are building that space, not me. I’ve laid the foundation and the externals, but the studio is doing it’s own thing now.
I want it to feel like a community, like a home. I want people to feel safe and not feel judged. And I just wanted people to feel open and be able to come to the yoga mat and purge, if you feel like crying. Even if you don’t feel like yoga, just stay in child’s pose and cry and don’t feel like you’re judged.
Do you feel like that was needed in this neighborhood?
It’s what’s needed not only in this neighborhood, but in the world. People needed to have an opportunity to expose themselves without judgment. And if I can give you 90 minutes of that blissfulness, I’ve done my job.