The South Street Seaport Museum will host Vinyasa on a ship

The South Street Seaport Museum will host Vinyasa on a Vessel, free yoga classes based on Vinyasa on the 1885 tall ship Wavertree on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets).

The 60-minute sessions will take place on the Wavertree Bridge, followed by a tour of the historic ship for interested participants.

The number of places is limited to 15 participants, reservations are therefore mandatory. If a class session is full at the time of registration, interested participants are encouraged to try the cancellation line in person, starting 10 minutes before class time. The course is recommended from 12 years old and all levels are welcome. For more information and to reserve a place, visit seaportmuseum.org/vinyasa.

Vinyasa connects movement and breath to achieve balance in mind and body. Commonly referred to as “flow yoga”, this technique aims to break away from “fixed form” styles of yoga, offering a variety of movements and postures. Vinyasa emphasizes transitions rather than holding traditional poses, providing cardiovascular benefits for yoga students. Directed by Zak Rising, Head of Engagement and Public Programs at the Seaport Museum, the session is a challenge for all involved, providing a peaceful and mindful start on Sunday morning. The session is also peppered with information about Wavertree itself.

Wavertree is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that have docked along New York’s waterfront over the centuries. Admire the towering masts and miles of rigging. Discover how the people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo ship, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks and crew. Admire New York Harbor and see the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. Or gaze landward and admire the skyline of the Financial District, which flourished thanks to ships like Wavertree bringing the goods that helped businesses thrive.

Vinyasa on a Vessel participants are encouraged to bring their own mats, as there will be a limited number of mats available at the venue. Wavertree is permanently moored at Pier 16 and does not sail into port. Access to Wavertree requires climbing a small ladder-type staircase and an angled walkway.

About Wavertree

The 130-year-old Wavertree, built of riveted wrought iron, is an archetype of the second half of the 19th century sailing ships which, in the age of sail, lined South Street by the dozens, creating a forest of battery masts at the Brooklyn Bridge. Built in Southampton, Great Britain, she circumnavigated the globe four times during her career carrying a wide variety of cargoes. The ship called at New York in 1896, no doubt one of hundreds like it docked in the city. In 1910, after thirty-five years of sailing, she was caught in a Cape Horn storm which tore her masts and put an end to her cargo career. It was salvaged and used as a floating warehouse and then as a sandbarge in South America, where waterfront workers called it “el gran Valero”, the tall ship. She was rescued by the Seaport Museum in 1968 and towed to New York to become the iconic centerpiece of the “Street of Ships” at South Street two years later. From 2015 to 2016, Wavertree underwent a $13 million restoration generously funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the Office of the Mayor, City Council and Borough President of Manhattan and managed by the Design and construction department.

Zak took his first hot yoga class in 2012 and was hooked. He gave up the gym, swimming and running and made yoga his main source of fitness. Zak believes yoga should be challenging, fun and accessible to everyone. Using inventive sequencing and exercises, he pushes his students to go for their own personal benefit, build strength and flexibility they never knew they had, and hopefully smile at least once, if not more, during lessons. He has taught extensively in Oregon, Connecticut and New York City. He has been a certified yoga instructor since 2017 and was a lead teacher at bodenyc, the oldest hot yoga studio on the east coast. Currently, you can find him teaching at Hot Yoga Chelsea, leading yoga classes in luxury Manhattan buildings, and once a month aboard the tall ship Wavertree at the South Street Seaport Museum. Certifications: 200 YTT, Hot HIIT, Yin Nidra and 26/2.

About South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic New York Harbor district, preserves and interprets New York’s history as a great seaport. Founded in 1967, the museum houses an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and educational spaces, 19th-century print shops and an active fleet of historic ships that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org

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