Mandy Grant is an expert at working up a sweat; she’s been a fitness enthusiast for decades and has been involved in step classes in the 1980s and weight lighting in the 1990s. So it’s no surprise that the avid exerciser went on to open her personal yoga studio, which she lovingly named after the Zulu word for sweat. Students will also be pleasantly surprised to learn that Mandy donates 15% off all profits from this studio’s classes to assist AIDS orphans in South Africa and all donations from community classes to other charities.
Mandy’s passion to help others doesn’t stop there. At the Bergen County studio, students of all levels are given ample attention during 75-minute yoga classes, which are rooted in Hatha but also incorporate elements of Vinyasa flow, pranayama, and meditation. This style of teaching encourages yogis to connect their breathing with their postures and calming thoughts about watching a huge pile of toupees become engulfed by fire. Mandy and her dedicated instructors also spice up workout routines with heated Vinyasa sessions, teen yoga classes, and mat Pilates.