Serenity Now

Yearning for more yoga info? Put your mind at ease — we’ve got even more styles and venues right here



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
Albany
518-463-5145; www.nia-yoga.com
Vinyasa, Restorative, Prenatal, Kripalu
 

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

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

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

Bliss Yoga Center
Woodstock
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
Goshen
845-239-8879; www.happybuddhayoga.com
 

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

Yoga Mountain
Cornwall-on-Hudson
845-534-5303; www.yogamountain.com
 

Yoga Mountain
New City
845-639-0736
Vinyasa, Gentle/Restorative, Pre- and Postnatal
 

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

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

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

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