Peace can spring from the roughest, toughest places, according to Zosha, the former ER nurse who founded Primal Power Yoga. Instead of lining her studio with bamboo and lotus flowers, she’s stationed it between exposed-brick walls and sturdy wooden pillars that signify power and perseverance. Here, students mine their inner depths as they practice flowing Vinyasa sequences and athletic Ashtanga routines.
Poses and deep breaths flow together, centering minds and strengthening bodies to promote long-term wellness. During warm and hot Vinyasa classes, temperatures rise to 80–105 degrees to limber muscles and oust toxins. Beginners learn to synchronize poses and breathwork during Vinyasa Basics classes. In these sessions, an experienced instructor imparts meditation techniques and the Sanskrit names for concepts such as standing, stretching, and catching popcorn in one’s mouth.
To keep participants engaged during physical challenges, many classes also incorporate music and pose modifications. After class, students can linger to socialize and sip herbal iced tea, which Zosha brews fresh each day.
Teaching hot yoga is now a family tradition for John and Tommy McFeely, each of whom graduated from the Bikram training program. The father-son duo formerly operated a Bikram studio before branching out to explore even more possibilities within hot yoga. At Saugerties Hot Yoga, they accomplish this by offering Bikram-inspired classes, flowing Vinyasa-based sessions, and mat Pilates, all within an intensely heated studio space. Cranking the thermostat above 100 degrees allows students to deepen their practice by loosening tight muscles and increasing circulation throughout the entire body. Regardless of the specific focus, every heated yoga and Pilates class shares the common goal of promoting holistic, balanced wellbeing on a physical and mental level.
Bailiwick Ranch & Discovery Zoo introduces visitors to exotic animals from around the world including camels, alligators, and Titan, a bengal tiger. Those who want to learn more can pair their trip with one of the educational shows offered daily at the zoo, or even have the animals come to them?certain zoo residents are available to travel for special events.
Over on the ranch side, kids can get up close and personal with a more domestic animal during horseback-riding lessons at the onsite equestrian center. After a few basic horsemanship lessons, students aged 7 and older can take part in trail rides around the ranch. The rides last anywhere from 30 minutes to a full day and traverse the nearby woods, mountains, and waterfalls of the Hudson Valley.
MAC Fitness wants exercise to be accessible to everyone. That's why they designed their program lineup to be so diverse, with offerings that range from special programs for kids to a senior-citizens-friendly Silver Sneakers class. The everyday class schedule is just as varied, with workouts that range from Zumba and kickboxing, to yoga and Pilates. Personal trainers carefully tailor routines to the varying abilities and goals of each student, while those who prefer to workout at their own pace can take full advantage of either of the Kingston locations, which include machines, free weights, and an artificial turf area.
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: KTD is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery where you can come for quiet spiritual getaways.
Ninety miles outside New York City, skipper Jeff Farber commands the sails of the Ophira as it glides along the Hudson, trading the skyline of the Big Apple for the idyllic backdrop of the Catskill Mountains. A professional crew caters to passengers' needs during excursions ranging from catered sunset cruises to practical sailing lessons.