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What do Sting, Donna Karan, Russell Simmons, and Christy Turlington have in common? Pots of money. But they're also all fans of the Jivamukti Yoga School. The Union Square center offers Hatha yoga classes that cover "Sanskrit chanting, readings, references to scriptural texts, music, spoken word, asana sequencing, and yogic breathing practices." Late summer and fall's special workshops include "The Art of Physical Adjustments" and a retreat to the school's Catskills ashram.

"Is sex dirty?" mused Woody Allen. "Only if it's done right." The founders of One Taste would beg to differ. At their very clean facilities, they promulgate the belief that "through mindful sexuality, our lives are grounded in meaning, fullness, and happiness." Their New York branch offers introductory discussions and practice forums at which you can apply what you've learned about "orgasmic meditation."

Theater and Performing Arts

If you think your key to personal fulfillment might actually involve 88 of them, consider piano classes at the Mannes School of Music. Whether you're a rank beginner or a virtuoso, the school offers instruction in a wide range of classical instruments for students of all ages, as well as the opportunity to perform with the Mannes Community Orchestra. More dedicated students may consider the three-year Extension Diploma Program.

While Manhattan theater spaces continue to disappear at an alarming rate, East 4th Street remains home to a remarkable number of playhouses. Among them is Teatro IATI, a performing arts organization that serves both Spanish- and English-speaking audiences. Beginners and professionals can attend workshops in such subjects as "Stage Combat," "The Conscious Unconscious of the Actor," "Voice and Breathing Techniques," and "Latin Dance."

The Argentine tango was developed in the late 19th century at dance venues in the slaughterhouse district of Buenos Aires. An amalgam of African dance and Argentine milonga, it has since birthed offshoots like ballroom tango, tango canyengue, and Uruguayan and Finnish tango—none of which you'll learn at Anton Gazenbeek and Sergio Segura's School of Traditional Argentine Tango, which offers solely that particular strain of dance. Interested students can select from beginner, intermediate, or advanced classes in "Strictly Traditional Tango," as well as cocktail and lunch-hour courses.


"If you are not in fashion," said the British diplomat Lord Chesterfield, "you are nobody." If this seems far too dire a fate, the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising's Fashion Merchandising classes are designed to help you break into the business. Offerings include "Fashion Magazines," "Fashion Styling," "Fashion Writing," "Fashion Show Production," and "Introduction to Cosmetics and the Fragrance Industry."

You can make a splash—as well as a bag, a skirt, or a dress—at Make Workshop's new Fashion Lab, a three-part course that takes a hands-on approach to sewing instruction. You'll soon be mastering techniques like how to read patterns, stitch layouts, cut fabrics, and develop good sewing machine skills. And you'll soon have a new outfit to show for your efforts!

If you can truly never be too rich, too thin, or possessed of too many shoes, there's clearly a lucrative career in designing them. You can kick up your heels at the accessories division of the Fashion Institute of Technology, which offers courses like "Athletic Footwear Design," Character and Theatrical Footwear," "Boot Patternmaking and Construction," and "Leather and Materials Technology."


A recent New Yorker article questioned whether creative writing can or should be taught in universities. The New School of General Studies would probably answer in the affirmative, as it has offered creative writing workshops for nearly 80 years. Continuing education students can choose from course offerings covering the techniques of poetry, the short story, and the novel. Special workshops may discuss dramatic writing, children's literature, or the memoir.

The New York Public Library boasts some 50 million items, ranging from books, videos, CDs, and DVDs to clippings, posters, maps, and materials in Braille. The library also offers help for adults who wish to use these resources, but may not have the appropriate literacy skills. At the seven Centers for Reading and Writing—located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—students can receive free instruction from qualified tutors. Classes feature small groups, computer assistance, and opportunities to contribute to the student-published Writer's Voices.


The building itself is a work of art: an 1853 Fifth Avenue mansion, designated a National Historic Landmark. But the Salmagundi Art Club won't rest on its architectural laurels or storied history (past members include Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, and Frederick Stuart Church). Dedicated to living artists, the club seeks to create more of them with weekly classes on beginning and advanced painting, as well as a class on sketching.

Leonardo da Vinci used pastels, those crafty sticks of chalky pigment—so did Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and James McNeill Whistler. If you would care to join their estimable ranks, consider a class in pastels courtesy of the Pastel Society of America at the National Arts Club. Ongoing courses include "Floral Still & Still Life," "Composition & Color," and "Birds & Flowers," as well as open studios with live models.

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