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Serenity Now


This month’s print feature profiled five of the most popular styles of yoga available in the region, but Valleyites possess a host of other options when it comes to slaking one’s thirst for tranquility.

As with restorative yoga, the primary aim of Svaroopa yoga is to alleviate chronic pain. Participants deliberately move through poses designed to release tension in the spine, which Svaroopa’s adherents believe are responsible for discomfort throughout body and mind.

Iyengar yoga, a class suitable for all ability levels, uses props to develop strength, flexibility, and balance in participants. Instructors stress following alignments as closely as possible to achieve maximum effect. Kripalu yoga participants also pay careful attention to alignment. To an even greater extent than most other yoga styles, Kripalu places an emphasis on meditation and “compassion awareness.”

Elsewhere, energy is the focus of Kundalini yoga — all of its poses, chanting, and meditation exercises are performed in hopes of increasing the power of the body’s inner physical and spiritual resources.

Prenatal and postnatal yoga instructors guide their students — all moms-to-be or new mothers — through gentle poses and stretching exercises that are said to help prepare pregnant women for the rigors (and immediate aftereffects) of childbirth.

Finally, some yoga centers hold community sessions once a month in which visitors pay a nominal fee (five dollars is typical) to participate in a basics class. Community classes follow a philosophy that maintains structured yoga should be accessible to everyone, no matter his or her financial status. Some facilities even go so far as to donate all proceeds from such classes to charity, a practice often referred to, appropriately, as karma yoga.

Whatever style or locale you’re looking for, we’ve got it covered: Venues in every Valley county hold basics and advanced classes, as well as some combination of the unique styles listed here and in the magazine (we’ve included who hosts what in the listings below). Check it out:

Center for Nia & Yoga
518-463-5145; www.nia-yoga.com
Vinyasa, Restorative, Prenatal, Kripalu

Satya Yoga Center
518-943-3929; www.satyayogacenter.us

Everyday Wellness For Women
Red Hook
845-758-0790; www.everydaywellness.net
Gentle, Svaroopa, Community

Shambhala Yoga Center
845-778-1855; www.shambhalayogacenter.com
Vinyasa, Kundalini, Karma

Bliss Yoga Center
845-679-8700; www.blissyogacenter.com
Vinyasa, Community

Yoga on Duck Pond
Stone Ridge
845-687-4836; www.yogaonduckpond.com

Jai Ma Yoga Center
New Paltz
845-256-0465; www.jmyoga.com
Gentle/Restorative, Prenatal

Mid-Hudson School of Yoga
New Windsor
845-561-5200; www.mhsy.org

Happy Buddha Yoga
845-239-8879; www.happybuddhayoga.com

Iyengar Yoga Center of Warwick
845-987-2104; www.iycow.com
Gentle/Restorative, Iyengar

Yoga Mountain
845-534-5303; www.yogamountain.com

Yoga Mountain
New City
Vinyasa, Gentle/Restorative, Pre- and Postnatal

Birchwood Center
845-358-6409; www.birchwoodcenter.com
Vinyasa, Gentle, Restorative, Prenatal

Quest Yoga Arts
Mt. Kisco
914-241-9642; www.questyogaarts.com

Hudson Yoga
914-271-3076; www.hudsonyoga.com
Iyengar, Kripalu

Sacred Shatki Yoga
914-923-3209; www.sacredshakti.com
Kundalini, Prenatal