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.
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.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The expert aestheticians at Exquisite Skincare and Waxing mollycoddle guests from the neck up with facials custom-fit to their skin types and strengthened with Dermalogica tonics and salves. The Dermalogica facial commences with a mapping that analyzes the face’s topography and plots the most direct bus route from the chin to the forehead. A skinsmith then double cleanses and exfoliates the visage, ridding it of stubborn makeup, dirt, and past-their-prime skin cells. Warm steam opens up pores before a gentle extraction, if necessary, whisks away blemish-causing bacteria from the face. The façade refurbishing continues with a customized mask and application of serums, toner, eye cream, and a hydrating moisturizer. A light facial massage concludes the pampering, transporting minds to places of relaxation—like a sandy beach or the inside of Paul Bunyan’s pillow. Exquisite Skincare ensconces visitors in a serene setting decked with lavender paint, glowing chandeliers, and fresh flowers.