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.”
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.