Step Inside Our Sanctuary

Our Story

When people step inside our sanctuary, the stresses and worries of modern, urban life melt away. Located above Queens Boulevard, Living Yoga provides a welcoming and supportive environment where yogis are able to focus on their Self and their yoga practice.

Because our bodies and moods constantly change, Living Yoga offers classes in many yoga styles and for different ability levels. We are committed to meeting our yogis where they are that day, at that moment.

Sometimes they seek classes that are on the gentler side — with slow, mindful movements designed to soothe nerves and spark introspection.  Other times, their bodies crave challenging poses that can help clear blockages and eliminate impurities.

We have helped thousands of people heal their bodies, transform their lives, and find inner peace.

While our offerings are dynamic and diverse, they are all firmly grounded in traditional yogic practices.  Our classes don’t rely on fads or gimmicks.

Instead, they remain true to yoga’s roots.  In our studio, we move, we chant, we meditate, and we Om.  We live and breathe yoga.

the studio

There are 2 separate practice rooms at Living Yoga. Heated classes meet in the Hot Room, which is kept toasty by overhead radiant panels as well as floor boards.  Non-heated classes meet in the Vinyasa Room.

Each space is about 450 square feet.  Classes are generally capped at 18 students maximum, although some classes are even smaller due to the availability of certain props. 

Our classes don’t rely on fads or gimmicks. Instead, they remain true to yoga’s roots.


Living Yoga first opened its doors in 2009. Since then, we have helped thousands of people heal their bodies, transform their lives, and find inner peace.

Our founder, Rei Farid, was an attorney who left her legal practice to teach yoga full time. From those humble seeds, a vibrant and diverse spiritual community sprouted and grew.

new beginnings

Living Yoga’s current owner, Joneil Adriano, is a former journalist who joined the studio as a student in 2015 and later became one of its teachers. Like Rei, Joneil also took a leap of faith out of the corporate world.

He took the reins at Living Yoga in 2019, shepherding the studio through the coronavirus pandemic and a government-mandated shutdown. More than a year later, Living Yoga emerged with a physically transformed sanctuary and a renewed sense of purpose.

We move, we chant, we meditate, and we Om.  We live and breathe yoga.


We are honored to be Queens’ first and only Dharma Yoga Affiliate.  Created by Sri Dharma Mittra in 1975, Dharma Yoga is a modern interpretation of classical eight-limbed yoga.

Dharma Mittra is a renowned yoga master who has dedicated his life to the karma yoga or selfless service.  With over 50 years of constant practice and teaching, he shares that accumulated wisdom at his yoga school in New York City and around the world.

For many years, Sri Dharma was the only yoga teacher in New York City teaching advanced yoga postures. Teachers from other schools and ashrams have always come to him to learn, practice, and then teach elsewhere.


At its core, yoga is a practice of unity and love.  It is about seeing yourself in every living being you encounter.

When we practice, we come together out of compassion, empathy, devotion, a desire to serve others, and a thirst for knowledge.

Our studio embraces people of all races, cultures, languages, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, sizes, ages and backgrounds.

We reject violence, abuse, harassment, intimidation, degradation and discrimination against any member of our community.

We also commit — through our thoughts, words and actions — to help all beings everywhere be happy and free from suffering.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.

By The Numbers


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