Over her 16 years of dedication to her yoga practice, studio owner Molly Huff has gathered a deep understanding of body mechanics, a 700-hour teaching certification through the Esther Meyers Yoga Studio in Toronto, and a belief that yoga can benefit students of all shapes and sizes. Her methods, as well as those of her fellow certified instructors, are rooted in the hatha-yoga tradition. Her classes focus on grounding students in the foundational postures and breathing techniques to foster growth in their practice. Since classes are kept on the smaller side, with about 8–15 participants per session, the instructors are able to cater to students of all experience levels. This range of instruction spans from true beginners to savvier stretchers attempting full-on pretzels—literally, students roll dough into a pretzel and bake it in the oven attached to their yoga mat.
At Prana Yoga, students gather beneath the wings of swans, which float across the studio's wall toward the inspirational quote "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Here, such wisdom surfaces from within as minds clear and muscles strengthen. During the signature Vinyasa flow class, the temperature rises to loosen tight muscles and oust squatting toxins. Students match deep, relaxing breaths with a series of ancient poses as teachers, such as studio cofounder Carrie Herscovici, circulate the room, lighting candles and gently adjusting bodily alignment. Drawing from her training with power-yoga superstar Baron Baptiste and Indian sage Senthil Kumar, Carrie inspires her students to surmount both physical challenges and mental unrest, strengthening the body while bringing peace to the mind. In addition to leading classes, she donates 10% of the studio's profits to charity and operates a clothing boutique that helps shoppers integrate yoga into their everyday lives and bow-tie collections.
Breathe Yoga empowers a majority of its students through the flowing movements of Vinyasa, and also offers a range of yoga styles for all skill levels. Friendly instructors guide beginners through the basic poses and sequences in foundations classes, while the hot-room power Vinyasa sessions renew and strengthen cores of all solidified needs. Clean lines, hardwood floors, warm colors, Asian-inspired design touches, and a lack of bottomless pits contribute to a calm, and welcoming environment. More than 60 classes patchwork the schedule each week, and, for added convenience, Breathe Yoga offers on-site mat rental to all students ($1 per session).
When viewed through the wall of mirrors at Bikram Yoga Rochester, the studio's wood-paneled ceiling and walls seem to go on forever. In 105-degree heat, a team of experienced instructors leads students through intensive yoga poses that systematically engage the entire body. Students can watch themselves twist and bend during 90-minute classes selected from the studio’s schedule. The temperature of the steamy studio space is engineered to soothe muscles, loosen joints, and encourage detoxification, and provides a challenging setting for students to launch bodies into modifiable postures that accommodate all skill levels from novice to expert and even pregnant women. In addition to yoga, Bikram Yoga Rochester also employs a certified holistic health and nutrition coach, massage therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist.
Blue Lotus Yoga employs certified and skilled yoga instructors to help participants develop a deep relationship with their bodies and puncture pockets of pain. With a five-class card ($17 per drop-in class), clients of all abilities can delve into the classes of their choice. Lay down the meditative concrete for your tower of tranquility with the beginner-friendly Foundations class, tackle a range of poses and movements with the Open class, challenge your chakras in the Advanced class, or deflate an inner balloon of stress with the Restorative course.
The New You's licensed aestheticians ensconce fatigued figures in therapeutic wraps that aim to expel impurities and trim waistlines. After an initial consultation and health evaluation, wrap-ready patrons snuggle inside a layer of linens before being tucked in a temperature-raising Far Infrared sauna blanket that heats bodies still chilled after weeks spent catching frozen shrimp in the Arctic. Meditation and music selections help the mind rest, relax, or relive the height of the '90s party-rap era, and the friendly staff imparts body-wrapping knowledge throughout the session.