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 $25, you get $50 worth of yoga apparel and merchandise at The Studio Store by Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs.
The Studio Store, which occupies the space below local studio Yoga Mandali, is filled with brand-name apparel, accessories, and DVDs that enhance the yoga routines of both women and men. Fashionable wraps by Mantralogy ($46) fuse soothing images with supple fabrics, exponentially increasing the number of daily self-delivered hugs, and environmentally friendly JadeYoga yoga mats ($69.99) bolster the bridling of breath at home. Sleepers disturbed by cares, woes, and sheep chewing the sheets can ease into shuteye with lavender-scented eye pillows ($15) that quiet racing minds using calming perfumes. The store’s olive-hued walls and spaciously organized displays cast a sense of calm over shoppers as they further peruse merchandise such as T-shirts, towels, and signature Yoga Mandali brandwear.
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.