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.
After finding that her yoga practice helped her overcome her own personal health issues and depression, studio founder, macrobiotic chef, and certified instructor Barbara Ruzansky maintains a passion for introducing “yoga and healthful eating to people, so they can continue to grow and reach their full potential.” Held within a warehouse-like studio with two technicolored practice spaces, Barbara's classes offer a dynamic combination of Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa flow, and Forrest yoga. She and her large team of equally passionate instructors also helm a selection of slower and gentler yoga styles that cater to three-toed sloths and students recovering from injuries.
Lady Fit’s team of all-female trainers leads women through a variety of fitness classes including its specialty: Kangoo Jumps classes. Strapped into springy Kangoo boots, students cavort through entertaining circuit-training exercises, activate their core, and improve their balance while feeling joyfully weightless and bouncy. In addition to the Kangoo classes, the instructors also lead Pilates, piloxing, P90X, beam fit, Zumba, and floor barre classes.
Centered Body Pilates offers a variety of core-controlling courses, which help students gain control over their flexibility, strength, and discipline. With plentiful windows and honey-toned hardwood floors, the studio facilitates deep focus on the Pilates craft. The method was created to develop and integrate core strength into the rest of the body, like a baker giving a gingerbread man a chiseled six-pack. Pilates is practiced either on floor mats or with a specialized Pilates Reformer. Students sit, kneel, stand, or lie on the gliding Reformer platform and use adjustable spring resistance to determine the power and the bounciness of their workout. The versatile Reformer can be used to strengthen the core, thighs, calves, upper arms, and shoulders. Each student gets to work on their own Reformer, eliminating the need for socially awkward tandem Pilates workouts. This exercise maintains a challenging intensity while staying easy on joints, making it suitable for all ages and body types.
PHIT Pilates Studio’s experienced instructors help students strengthen abdomens, backs, and resolve with training that focuses on individual goals and abilities. Owner and certified Pilates teacher Susannah Israel-Marchese and her team lead pupils through the discipline’s series of low-impact movements Monday–Friday. Using joint-friendly techniques, students augment strength in the abdomen, back, shoulders, and hip joints to achieve the goal of subbing for the vacationing Bulkeley Bridge. PHIT’s boutique-style studio maintains a noncompetitive atmosphere and a cheerful, personalized approach to working out. Proximity to the Real Art Ways theater allows newly straightened postures to pull off previously unattainable pranks, such as blocking views of people sitting behind them at art exhibits and independent films and sticking a flippant Post-it note to the top of Shaquille O'Neal's helicopter.
Convening classes inside an intensely heated practice space, Bikram Yoga Farmington's instructors guide students of all skill levels through an invigorating whole-body workout. The studio’s schedule overflows with 90-minute classes throughout the week, bolstering stamina and flexibility with Bikram yoga’s traditional 26 deeply held postures and three breathing exercises as the equatorial climate loosens ligaments, encourages detoxifying perspiration, and bulldozes any errant shivers and goose bumps. With repeated practice, attendees hone focus and concentration skills capable of pushing them through tough workdays and centering their minds despite the studio’s hourly fireworks shows. Committed to students’ comfort, the studio rents out yoga mats and towels to pupils in need and opens its onsite showers and private changing rooms for guests who need to change back into their superhero costumes after class.