Eddie Stern, Sivaratri, the New Yorker and real estate

As you may have heard, Ashtanga Yoga New York / the Broome St. Temple are in the process of moving.

As a result, the temple’s final Sivaratri got the New Yorker coverage:

Stern is an expert in Ashtanga yoga, having trained with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, who developed the technique. He founded the Hindu temple, in his Manhattan yoga studio, in 2001, to create “a little slice of India,” he said. Since then, it has become an unlikely spiritual-pilgrimage site, attracting a mixture of Indians, downtown yoga ladies, and celebrities (Gwyneth Paltrow; Mike D, of the Beastie Boys; Julian Schnabel; Russell Brand). The evening’s Shivaratri ceremony was bittersweet: it would be the Temple’s last. The space had been sold to developers, who want to turn it into a hair salon. “It’s an emotional time,” Stern said. More than a hundred and fifty yogis had R.S.V.P.’d for the all-nighter, and he said they’d be drifting in and out.


The night marched on: more chanting, more offerings. By two-thirty, the room was full of yawns. By three-thirty, Dias looked wilted. “I’m struggling,” she said. Lobuglio slumped against a wall. At 4 A.M., there was a long bout of chanting: “Om namah Shivaya.” Throats grew sore. Bottoms felt numb. Even Stern seemed to be in a funk. “Real estate stresses me out,” he said, reflecting on the Temple’s relocation issues, during a chai break. (Madonna had sent her regrets at 12:46 A.M. “ ‘I just finished my rehearsal, and I’m totally exhausted,’ ” Stern said, reading her message. “I said we’d say a prayer for her.”)

It’s from the upcoming March 16 issue.

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