Tell me about your new location. Why the move? What is special about the new space?
KERNAGHAN Space is super important to us. If we hadn't found our first location in Chinatown, SKY TING wouldn't have come to fruition as quickly as it did. We were at the end of our lease at that OG location, and the building tenants had shifted and it felt the time for us to shift as well.
We had been on a search around Chinatown and other neighborhoods to see where we might shift to, and when we walked into 17 Allen, it felt like home. It has the same light, bright, airy qualities of our first Chinatown spot, but it’s a little smaller. We like that since our Chinatown space has always felt like a neighborhood spot, so it’s very homey. It’s an older building with fun, unique features for us, like a tin ceiling, an elevator that opens right into our space, and windows on three sides of the studio. It’s also on a funky Chinatown block — not necessarily a building you'd expect to find a yoga studio in — so when you enter the space, it feels like a real escape from the city.
How would you describe the SKY TING lifestyle?
JONES The SKY TING lifestyle is all about living well, being surrounded by beauty, having a community and experiencing joy. We don’t have classes built on fitness, getting skinny, or trends. Instead, we’re really interested in the functionality of the body and giving our students tools and techniques to enhance their lives outside of the yoga class. We focus on longevity and inclusivity, so it’s really a method for everyone. We love yoga, but we keep it light and fun. We play music. We’re not dogmatic. We offer a variety of styles that all feel amazing.
What is the significance of the giraffe and flamingo mascots?
KERNAGHAN We initially brought in our big giraffe just for fun, not necessarily expecting him to stay in the space. Our designer, Nick Poe, had him from an art installation in his studio in Brooklyn, and Krissy thought he might look good in the tall ceilings of our space. Once we opened, the giraffe became synonymous with us.
When we opened our Tribeca location, we thought it would be fun to add another animal element, so we went with two flamingos. Our recently opened Domino location in Williamsburg location has its own panda. We like that the animals keep the space feeling playful-- very much a reflection of our style with the yoga practice.
Why New York?
KERNAGHAN So far, we've allowed SKY TING to grow organically. It’s been important for us to really establish our mission, style, and brand, and I think if we had expanded too quickly, especially outside of New York City, it would have forced us to compromise our principles. We're not opposed to expanding out of New York, but we're not in a rush either.
What inspired the décor and the look of the studios?
JONES Our partner, Nick Poe, designed the spaces. But we all wanted the studios to feel clean, open, airy, and fun. And, most importantly, timeless. I feel like everything that’s opening in New York City right now is so over-designed, trendy, and too much.