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
Vinyasa, Restorative, Prenatal, Kripalu
Satya Yoga Center
Everyday Wellness For Women
Gentle, Svaroopa, Community
Shambhala Yoga Center
Vinyasa, Kundalini, Karma
Bliss Yoga Center
Yoga on Duck Pond
Jai Ma Yoga Center
Mid-Hudson School of Yoga
Happy Buddha Yoga
Iyengar Yoga Center of Warwick
Vinyasa, Gentle/Restorative, Pre- and Postnatal
Vinyasa, Gentle, Restorative, Prenatal
Quest Yoga Arts
Sacred Shatki Yoga