Crowned the Best Place for Yoga by the Providence Phoenix in 2009, Innerlight Yoga stretches muscles with more than 40 weekly classes and more than 10 yoga disciplines. The newly lit can explore the foundational poses, breathing techniques, and philosophy of Yoga 101 in a spacious wooden studio, learning the basics without the need to trudge to the top of a snowy mountain and ask for advice from a wise but steely-eyed snowman. After gaining techniques, students may go on to burn their inner candle in mindfulness yoga, where meditation and position meld; blaze in heated Vinyasa, where high temperatures energize flowing movement; or smolder in gentle yoga, where the walls support slow transitions.
Newington Yoga Center is a warm, welcoming health hub offering a variety of classes ($15 each) to students of all ages, skill sets, and salutation styles. If you are a yoga newbie, get acclimated with traditional poses and breathing techniques in a Yoga for Beginners class, or for a more specialized workout, attend a Yoga for Abs and Lower Back class, featuring poses that strengthen the core, improve abdominal organ function, and add a polish to your six-pack of muscle beers. Stressed-out students can relax and recharge in low-impact restorative yoga classes, or escape during 75 minutes of guided meditation in a Yoga Nidra class.
Bikram Yoga Glastonbury's band of yoga instructors guides students of all abilities through the 26-posture practice. Students begin the 90-minute workout with a deep-breathing exercise before moving into a sequence of standing and seated postures designed to improve strength, flexibility, and balance. Balmy temperatures help students sink into deep stretches, eliminate harmful toxins from the body, and keep confrontational snowmen at bay. Though challenging, students of all experience and fitness levels can tailor the poses to meet their needs, with the idea that through dedicated practice, students may see a decrease in weight, improved sleep, and greater flexibility.
Sacred Rivers Yoga is more than just a place to practice yoga. It’s also a massage studio where therapists soothe tension with techniques ranging from deep-tissue to thai massage, and a certified 200- and 500-hour Yoga Alliance school and an International Association of Yoga Therapy member school.
The main goal at Sacred Rivers is to help visitors achieve a balance between their bodies and minds. Classes accommodate all skill levels, with gentle and introductory yoga sessions for beginners and four courses, including power yoga, that can challenge even the most advanced yogis. Other specialized classes include Fabulous Over 50! and Yin yoga, which focuses on connective tissue.
An octopus graphic greets visitors at the doorway of Downtown Yoga Studios. It's an appropriate image: the mollusk holds a meditative quality as its eight arms flow outward with a strong yet relaxed energy. Downtown's instructors help guests attain a similar state of serenity and fitness with multiple styles and levels of yoga, such as Go with the Flow, Relax and Renew, and Power Yoga. They also lead fitness classes that include cycling, boxing, and chicken chasing.
"Torture chambers"—that's how many students of Bikram Yoga would describe the studios where they practice their craft. It's an apropos name for places set at a blazing 105 degrees that feature students twisting their bodies into 26 yoga postures. However, these hatha-inspired positions heal rather than hurt; as students flow through the therapeutic positions, the simmering heat soothes away chronic aches, boosts flexibility, and encourages everything from weight loss to increased circulation to healthier lymphatic flow.