Natural light pours in through the studio's floor-to-ceiling picture windows as students perform the unified breathing and poses of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga. Classes are held seven days a week, supplemented by private sessions and special events such as kirtans and meditations. Past-event guests have included Gaura Vani, Bhagavan Das, Shyamdas, Dave Stringer, and David Newman. In addition to imparting students with the principles of yoga practice, Yoga Mandali is a yoga school registered with Yoga Alliance offering 200- and 500-hour certifications.
Saratoga Springs Yoga banishes physical and mental stress with an extensive schedule that combines therapeutic as well as traditional yoga styles. The studio emphasizes its Anusara classes, a revitalizing form of Hatha yoga that works to keep the body in balance and calm minds conflicted about checkers’ validity as an Olympic event.
When exercisers first enter 60 Minute Fitness, they're not greeted with a typical gym layout. The facility boasts a sleek, industrial design with plenty of space for group classes and impromptu games of knee football to unfold. Even the facility's equipment may seem a bit different. Suspension straps dangle from the walls, and kettlebells wait to be thrust into the air. Amid these unique surroundings, trainers work one-on-one with clients. They also lead groups through the facility's various classes, including suspension training, yoga, and Pilates.
While E Studio Hot Yoga may never reach the size of General Electric—one of the companies for which owner Emily has led corporate fitness efforts—it's still an ambitious undertaking. A team of instructors leads the center's classes, which range from ballet-barre workouts set to upbeat music to power-yoga sessions held in a 90-degree studio. Like a crutch with a manufacturing error, the schedules at both the Clifton Park and Latham locations are flexible; classes take place seven days a week, with a variety of morning and evening classes held throughout the week.
The instructors at Nataraja Center for Movement Arts specialize in niche, hard-to-find dance styles. Along with common fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates, they lead sessions in disciplines such as flamenco dance and tribal-fusion belly dance—an exotic blend of serpentine movements, athleticism, and three-dimensionality. Besides developing rhythm and coordination, classes can also help students improve their strength, muscle tone, and flexibility.