Before yoga, the mind, body, and spirit could connect only during annual reunions, where they were often interrupted by thrice-removed third cousins making small talk. Today's Groupon lets you harness the power of spiritual harmony without distracting awkward chitchat: for $25, you get a punch card good for five classes (a $75 value) at Absolute Yoga & Wellness, with locations in Rochester and Fairport.
Absolute Yoga & Wellness' accomplished teachers school students of all levels in deep-breathing techniques and body-bending poses in a variety of 90-minute group classes. Neophytes can start with the beginners' FUNdamentals class, which introduces basic fluid motions and still poses to help ease physical and emotional stress, before trekking onto Level 2, which ekes in slightly more intricate routines. Master movers can enroll in the Level 3 course, pairing more complicated pose sequences with breath work, seated meditation, and hand mudras to further strengthen the bond between body, mind, and mat and inspire the works of professional shadow puppeteers.
Therapeutic classes, derived from the healing power of classic Patanjali yoga, help relieve chronic pain. Slower-moving gentle yoga employs restorative postures that can improve balance, whereas specialty Back & Feet Care sessions nourish busted backs and the fatigued feet of ped-playing pipe organists. Check the Rochester and Fairport schedules for times.
Absolute Yoga & Wellness
Mark Sandler and Carrie Gaynor—co-directors of Absolute Yoga & Wellness—teach yoga as an extension of the healing arts they both practice. Mark focuses on the mind, bringing his studies of yogic philosophy and psychology under Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to the classroom. Carrie draws upon the medical know-how she garnered in her two decades as a nurse to enhance the benefits of her practice. Together, they seek to restore health to bodies through exercise and associated physical therapies, such as kinesis myofascial integration and yoga therapy.