Licensed massage therapist Gina Mauro helms Massage and Yoga Therapy, where she blends in-depth knowledge of Thai massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, reiki, and yoga into personalized massages. She welcomes guests for brief consultations, discussing physical issues and any relevant matters to best sculpt massage sessions that can include stretching, compression, and deep pressure.
Jennifer Venditti, an instructor at Lilananda Yoga, thinks of yoga more as her best friend than a form of exercise. "Whether you've never practiced before, if you haven't been on your mat in a very long time, or if you practice every day," she says, "your practice is always there for you." She herself has been developing her own relationship with yoga for more than nine years. Whenever she leads a class, she incorporates a little of everything she's learned in that time: breathing exercises, asana sequences, meditation, and pure relaxation. She likes to make her classes easy for anyone to step in to, and she offers modifications for any exercise a student finds too difficult.
Natural light pours in through the studio's floor-to-ceiling picture windows as students perform the unified breathing and poses of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga. Classes are held seven days a week, supplemented by private sessions and special events such as kirtans and meditations. Past-event guests have included Gaura Vani, Bhagavan Das, Shyamdas, Dave Stringer, and David Newman. In addition to imparting students with the principles of yoga practice, Yoga Mandali is a yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance offering 200- and 500-hour certifications.
Saratoga Springs Yoga banishes physical and mental stress with an extensive schedule that combines therapeutic as well as traditional yoga styles. The studio emphasizes its Anusara classes, a revitalizing form of Hatha yoga that works to keep the body in balance and calm minds conflicted about checkers’ validity as an Olympic event.
When exercisers first enter 60 Minute Fitness, they're not greeted with a typical gym layout. The facility boasts a sleek, industrial design with plenty of space for group classes and impromptu games of knee football to unfold. Even the facility's equipment may seem a bit different. Suspension straps dangle from the walls, and kettlebells wait to be thrust into the air. Amid these unique surroundings, trainers work one-on-one with clients. They also lead groups through the facility's various classes, including suspension training, yoga, and Pilates.