Cortland Yoga Center stretches bodies and minds with a variety of classes held throughout the week. Certified instructors lead benders of all experience levels through an array of human pretzel-baking techniques such as gentle yoga, power yoga and pregnancy yoga sessions, with special emphasis in Svaroopa yoga. This peaceful variation takes students through precise movements aided by props to lengthen and strengthen muscles while releasing tension caused by their day job as an air horn tester. To allow for deeper bodily transformation and adequate naptime, each class at Cortland Yoga Center runs 1.5-hours long.
As instructors move through the flowing postures of the Vinyasa style of yoga, the studio’s vintage oak floors gently creak in time. The constant movement builds up an internal heat in students' cores, reminiscent of the sunlight pouring through picture windows and reflecting off the yellow walls. These open sessions invite practitioners of any ability, although beginner level and advanced courses gear lessons to more specific needs and mats not quite ready to unroll all the way. Mighty Yoga’s mission is to openly welcome those seeking the gifts of yoga practice, lavished on not only the body in the form of increased flexibility, but also on the mind in the form of increased calmness. That’s why the studio’s instructors constantly repay those gifts by hosting donation-based workshops that give back to local, national, and international charities.
The expert staff at Transform Yoga is experienced in numerous healing arts, from reiki and traditional herbal medicine to a wide range of yoga practices and therapies. Two yoga rooms host more than 20 classes each week, so aspiring yogis can always find a suitable class and time. Ninety-minute Ashtanga classes focus on breathing, yoga postures, and relaxation techniques that help rookies and masters alike to develop balance, strength, and flexibility. Bikram yoga turns up the heat to help practitioners sweat out toxins and limber up skeleton belts by moving through a 90-minute sequence of 26 postures—one for each letter of “radioimmunoelectrophoresis.”
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
Certified yoga instructor Molly Cornell and her staff at Melt Hot Yoga guide guests through a series of flowing poses in a studio heated to 105 degrees. Yogis of all experience levels gather on the yoga room's vinyl mats to wind their way through a series of 26 poses paired with breathing exercises.
Gazella Performance & Wellness Studio offers students chances to stretch their soul sacks to their limberest limits with classes such as Mat Pilates, Balance & Flexibility, and CoreStrength, open to all experience levels and led by expertly trained, certified instructors. Downward-dogging Goldilocks can find a just-right body-bending routine that doesn't lead to breaking and entering charges with Gazella's variety of yoga offerings, including power yoga, gentle yoga, and joint-freeing yoga. Keep blood pumpers well-lubricated with a spinning class, which features nonimpact indoor-cycling exercises that are appropriate for all fitness levels, or dance like your fitness instructor is watching to the Latin rhythms of Gazella’s Zumba classes, which combine fast and slow rhythms with cardio, resistance training, tequila, and lime juice to create a boisterously blended dance workout.