When it comes to local fitness trends, yoga leads the way in the Hudson Valley.
We totally get it. Yoga has a wealth of benefits, from an improvement in posture and greater flexibility to a decrease in stress and greater clarity of mind. In the United States, yoga practice is on the rise. According to the 2017 National Health Interview survey (NHIS), the use of yoga for health rose to 14.3 percent in 2017, a notable increase from only 9.5 percent in 2012. In the 2012 study, participants cited stress reduction, emotional wellbeing, and sleep improvement as just a few of the reasons why they practice the meditative exercise.
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In addition to its standard mat classes, Good Karma brings fun and fitness to Albany with its aerial and acro yoga classes. With variations for kids and those with hip and lower back tension, the center is a dream for families and friends who want to get loose.
With its community-minded approach, HeartSpace operates studios in central locations in both Albany and Troy. Both spots offer a range of styles, from Bhakti Flow, which is best for intermediate practitioners, to Gentle Hatha, which works well for all levels.
Founded in 2015, Jai is a swoonworthy upstate studio that incorporates instruction and practice into its classes. Whether you opt to begin the day with a 6:30 a.m. class or kick back on Friday with a happy hour session in a heated room, you’ll be planning a return trip before you leave the school.
To complement its spa and salon program, Bodhi offers a medley of yoga courses at its Warren Street site. Get moving with friends at community yoga or start Friday morning strong with an hour of early flow. Afterward, cool off with a browse through the onsite shop, which stocks workout wear and natural beauty products.
Hudson’s Sadhana brings the focus to yoga practice with mindful classes that work with locals of all experience levels. Hatha welcomes beginners, while Qigong focuses on alignment and Prana guides practitioners though the flow of life. If you’re just getting started, test the waters with a drop-in community class for $7.
With a studio in Chatham, Supersoul makes yoga accessible from morning to night. Early birds will love the sunrise yoga, which kicks off at 7:30 a.m. and lasts for an hour. Night owls, meanwhile, can jump on the $8 Community Yoga class, which is open to all ages and abilities.
Hudson River Yoga is a dream destination for yogis of all levels. Beginners can learn the moves in Yoga Fundamentals and Candlelight Yin, while intermediate and expert practitioners can dive into Strong Vinyasa and River Flow.
More than just a yoga studio, Life in Balance incorporates wellness education into its Fishkill programming. Reiki and massage options complement classes like NamaHot (26 yoga poses completed in a 105-degree room) and NamAlignment (a precision course devoted to strength and flexibility) keep visitors coming back for more.
Taking home our 2018 Best of Hudson Valley award for best new yoga studio, Red Tail delights with fitness-based classes that integrate serious fitness with traditional yoga components. Think music-powered and HIIT-style classes that get your heart racing and your body toned. Sold? Yeah, we were too.
At Mountain Breeze, yoga is an activity for everyone. Instructors lead beginners through Gentle Basics, a Hatha class that prioritizes posture and is ideal for pre- and post-natal practitioners. For more advanced yogis, the Vinyasa Blend sessions are a great way to center energy and improve awareness.
Located on the second floor of the Tannersville Antique Center, Pure Mountain emphasizes approachable yoga classes in a variety of styles. Basic Yoga is a dream for beginners, while Kundalini Yoga is ideal for householders who want to combat stress.
Housed inside Windham Mountain Resort, The Studio at Alpine Spa is a paradise for yogis in the Hudson Valley. The sun-filled space comes with a view of the slopes and instantly sets minds at ease. As for the sessions themselves, they vary from restorative to alignment-focused to vinyasa, to name a few.
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The winner of our 2018 Best of Hudson Valley Reader’s Pick for yoga, Alma brings peace and poise to Newburgh. From yoga for beginners to hot vinyasa and deep tissue flows, the studio has something for all interests.
Reach new heights — literally — at The Body Art Barn this year. The studio is one of the few in the Hudson Valley that offers aerial yoga, the routine that sets participants on supported, swing-style bands to improve flexibility and posture.
The welcoming yoga retreat is a must for anyone who craves variety without the drive time. With options that include everything from beginner and restorative to aerial, hot vinyasa, and Yin, the Monroe hotspot caters to those looking for a particular style and those hoping to try something new.
Inspired by the restorative properties that rest at the heart of yoga, The Art of Healing brings a wellness approach to the practice in the Hudson Valley. As part of its holistic healthcare programming, the center hosts a number of yoga sessions to complement its Zumba classes and massage services.
True to its name, Liberation aims to free yoga from the confusion surrounding it and make the restorative practice accessible to everyone. With a range of levels and class times, Liberation works with locals to help them find the best style for them.
For soon-to-be moms who want to exercise and relieve stress, Putnam’s prenatal yoga classes are a must. Designed to bring strength and focus to assist with post-pregnancy recovery, the sessions provide relaxation and movement all at once. Beginner and advanced courses are also available.
With the help of ceiling-mounted hammocks, Rensselaer’s aerial yoga studio brings out the inner kid-at-heart of all who attend. The courses are designed to improve posture and mental clarity, so expect to feel lighter and brighter by the time your toes touch the floor.
The all-in-one wellness center in Troy does a little bit of everything: facials, massage, skincare, you name it. The yoga classes here are just the thing for busy locals who need a reprieve from their desk chair during the day. With a mix of night and morning sessions available, Lotus caters to the schedules of the innovative upstate community.
For private yoga that’s tailored to you, check out Troy Healing Arts. The integrative center offers massage and bodywork in addition to customized yoga classes that prioritize posture correction and total body wellness.
A combined yoga and massage center, Birchwood offers public, private, and semi-private sessions for locals in the Hudson Valley. A number of hatha levels are offered, along with vinyasa, restorative, and prenatal varieties.
Thanks to beginner options like chair yoga, which features — yep, you guessed it — chairs, Lucky Elephant is great for newbies who want to ease into the practice and build a lasting foundation. Anyone who levels up can try out the advanced flow classes.
The best part about Willow Tree Yoga is that it has a little something for whatever type of yogi you’re channeling. Feeling strong? Head to Power Vinyasa, which combines breath synchronization with strong movements to work every muscle. Prefer an easy nighttime routine? Go for the Evening Yoga, which features low-key routines with modifications for students of every level.
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Hot yoga lovers can rejoice at NP Rock Studio, the New Paltz mecca for heated stretch sessions. Notably, the eco-aware space uses Enerjoy radiant heat panels for a lower carbon footprint inside. For those who want to attend on the regular, class packs are the way to go.
Kingston, Saugerties, Woodstock
With three locations in the Hudson Valley, Shakti brings dynamic styles of the ancient practice to the region. Check out Kingston’s Slow Stretch class, which focuses on breathwork and relaxation, or Gentle Yoga in Saugerties if you’re trying out the exercise for the first time.
Yoga Lab in Kingston fuses clean designs with simple, restorative sessions that are perfect for individuals who crave dedicated time to decompress and recharge. Classes range from Open Yoga, designed to improve movement and awareness, to Core Yoga, which emphasizes both the emotional and physical center.