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Rows of glistening students gracefully bend and stretch within Smithtown Hot Yoga’s 4,000-square-foot studio. While the instructors’ series of yoga poses are enough to stretch out muscles and build strength on their own, the studio chips in some help with a thermostat that clocks in at at least 100 degrees during classes. This additional heat helps unlock tense muscles and detoxify bodies, as many of the studio’s regulars will readily attest. In a recent interview with Fios1 TV, a hot-yoga student who struggled with lower-back pain recounts her many attempts to find relief: trips to the chiropractor, injections, T-shirts dipped in menthol. "Nothing helped until I came to yoga," she said.
Though the studio’s instructors provide towels for each class, students are encouraged to wear light workout gear. After 90-minute classes, which run throughout the day, students can shower off or practice levitating in private stalls.
Sal Chillemi didn’t realize just how much he valued yoga until September 11, 2001. A New York City fireman since 1988, Chillemi used the meditative techniques he learned on the mat when his team was called to Ground Zero. His yoga study may have helped him save lives that day, and the experience affected him so much that he decided to deepen his practice by opening a studio of his own.
Soon after Chillemi completed a 200-hour training course and hired a staff of experienced instructors, Yoga For Life was born. Today, the studio’s weekly schedule includes classes divided into three categories: gentle, moderate, and advanced. Aside from these flagship classes and workshops, the studio offers massage therapy, acupuncture, Thai yoga massage, and rolfing.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.
Inside a purple studio strewn with mats and padded blocks, experienced instructors Pamela, Karen, Kimberly, and Dana lead students through a stretching workout regime that centers the mind and body. Karen, Kimberly, and Dana each have yoga certifications, and Pamela has an ACE personal-training certification. Their backgrounds range from Dana's degree in journalism and Karen's MBA from NYU to Kimberly's master's degree in special education and Pamela's BA in dance. They keep their students' muscles loose by heating the studio to a crisp 105 degrees, the temperature at which books on tape burn. The staff specializes in teaching Barkan hot yoga, a Calcutta-derived practice, and classic hot yoga, which can promote detoxification with its 26 poses.