Lauren Lipton, WSWD’s NYC Health and Wellness Expert

For the best yoga, meditation, and wellness trends in New York City, we rely on Lauren Lipton.

Lauren Lipton transformed herself and her life through yoga. To pay it forward, she conceived of and wrote the book Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories & the Power of Transformation, an inspiring collection of interviews with more than 80 yoga practitioners of all ages, shapes, and skill levels, with portraits by photographer Jaimie Baird. And after years of practicing yoga, Lauren was recently certified to teach Hot Power Yoga, one of the most grueling forms of the discipline.

She doesn’t just write about yoga, though. As a veteran journalist covering health, wellness, and beauty for the past 20 years, she’s reported on sporty weddings for The New York Times, investigated meditation centers and airport spas for The Wall Street Journal, and discovered the best beauty tricks for every age for Ladies’ Home Journal. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a health or beauty fad that she hasn’t written about for the many publications that look to her for uncanny trend spotting, no-nonsense research, and sparkling prose (Salt therapy? Check. K-beauty? Yup. Museum workouts? That, too.)

She also penned two New York–based novels, It’s About Your Husband and The Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp. Because even more than yoga, her true passion is New York. “I grew up in California reading Cosmopolitan and dreamed of living in Manhattan and working in publishing. I made it here in my late 20s and have never stopped being thrilled about it. I still walk down the street almost every day and think: I can’t believe I live in New York City!”

And we’re glad she does. Next time you want to know where to go for the latest exercise or health trend (or whether it’s worth doing), ask us—because Lauren always knows.

Lauren Lipton’s Best of NYC

Gym The May Center at the 92nd Street Y. Top-notch equipment with no attitude.

Place to relax The southeast side of the Great Lawn in Central Park on a summer evening with friends.

Place to be pampered I’m a classic type A New Yorker. I don’t want pampering; I want results. So instead of facials, I go see the dermatologist.

Dessert splurge Classic cherry pie at Two Little Red Hens Bakery.

Place to take out-of-town guests Sounds weird, but I am so proud of the new Q line subway stations in my neighborhood. They are clean and glamorous. I like to show them off to out-of-towners.