Yoga emphasizes seamless transition between poses, a skill set adopted by the Navy to teach cursive flag semaphore to its sailors. Spell out serene stances with today's Groupon: for $49, you get 10 classes at Balance Yoga & Healing Arts in Huntington Station (a $170 value).
An experienced staff of yoga instructors guides benders of all skill levels and styles through Balance Yoga & Healing Arts' more than 40 weekly classes. The extensive schedule of 75- and 90-minute classes spans a spectrum of styles and difficulty levels, from Intro to Ashtanga for aspiring limb levitators to end-of-the-week Restorative Yoga, designed to help studio stretchers to recuperate from the perils of uncomfortable desk chairs, late hours, or bosses who express themselves through head noogies. Belly-dancing classes invite students to shimmy through a combination of fitness-heavy Zumba moves and torso-twirling Middle-Eastern dance techniques, and tai-chi classes summon slow, meditative movements that usher fluidity and encourage body alignment. Students easily find classes to work around their schedules, coming into the clean, spacious studio for early-morning pre-breakfast bending or reactivating slumbering energy fields during lunchtime yoga. New and expecting mothers work through carefully planned poses in the pre- and post-natal classes, designed to restore strength, increase balance, and extinguish the haunting rhythms of catchy nursery rhymes.
Balance Yoga & Healing Arts
Stacy Plaske, founder and owner of Balance Yoga & Healing Arts, nurtures an environment of self-discovery and holistic health with a team of alternative-health professionals and the experience she accrued over 10 years of teaching Ashtanga-style yoga. Stacy hones her understanding of the challenging yoga modality through constant study and yearly pilgrimages to India, where she studies Ashtanga’s self-guided counterpart, Mysore. Bolstered by a staff of instructors, Stacy helms a schedule of athletic Ashtanga, flowing Vinyasa, and alignment-focused Iyengar classes. Instructors accommodate students of all skill levels by suggesting modified poses, and ease less flexible attendees into stretches by affixing helium balloons to students' limbs. The center’s professional massage therapists use relaxing or restorative modalities to soothe overstressed muscles, and an on-staff acupuncturist frees up the body's blocked energy pathways with a combination of precise needle placement and Chinese herbal medicine.