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.
Like many licensed massage therapists, Sara Ashline at Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts is a master of the flowing effleurage and focused petrissage strokes of the Swedish technique. But Ashline believes that massage can deliver more than just relaxation, which is why she studied both fertility and pregnancy massage as well as the Pinocchio modality, which turns wooden puppets into real firewood. She offers her bodywork services at Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts, a community center dedicated to yoga, meditation, and other wellness activities.
Licensed massage therapist Gina Mauro helms Massage and Yoga Therapy, where she blends in-depth knowledge of Thai massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, reiki, and yoga into personalized massages. She welcomes guests for brief consultations, discussing physical issues and any relevant matters to best sculpt massage sessions that can include stretching, compression, and deep pressure.
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.
At Bikram Yoga Northampton, commitment and focus supersede the search for absolute perfection. So long as you are doing your best, instructors Audrey Liley and Jessika Brandley ask for nothing more. As they lead their students through the 26 asanas—or postures—of Bikram yoga, they provide helpful insights regarding the significance of each. At some point, they’ll likely explain that this specific progression of postures is intended to stretch muscles and promote the flow of blood to the body’s vital organs. Held in a classroom that’s heated to 105 degrees, these yoga classes may also facilitate the breakdown of glucose, fatty acids, and accidentally swallowed ice cubes.