If running or lifting weights isn’t quite your thing, checking out one of New England’s many yoga and dance studios opens up the possibilities of a new kind of exercise. There’s no better way to kickyou’re your New Year’s resolution than finding a new and exciting way to burn calories, find a sense of inner peace and work up a good sweat.
Honest Yoga (Vermont)
The Honest Yoga Studio in South Burlington believes in the benefits of sweating. To promote a more fulfilling experience, every course at Honest Yoga — save for kids' and prenatal classes — is conducted in a room kept at a toasty 90 degrees and 40-50 percent humidity. Not only does this help you work up a better sweat, but it helps you get into postures more quickly and effectively. Honest Yoga offers B-Tru Dance, which combines styles up to and including ballet, West Coast swing and hip-hop, and it is Vermont’s only certified Dharma Yoga Wheel facility.
Hustle and Flow (Maine)
Portland’s Hustle and Flow combines a yoga studio and dance studio in one. Its dance workshops include hip-hop, reggae and high-energy West African dance, and the unique Hustle Heels choreography class challenges you to try your hand at dancing in heels. Hustle and Flow offers customizable Vinyasa Yoga classes, accommodating a number of skill levels and ages to ensure accessibility to all comers. For something a bit different, consider Hustlercise and SheBang, fitness classes which combine dance, yoga and strength moves for a comprehensive and unique workout experience.
Breathing Time Yoga (Rhode Island)
Breathing Time Yoga in Pawtucket looks to make the yoga experience accessible to everyone, no matter your age, experience or financial situation. Community classes offer meditation and a variety of yoga styles to all for a suggested donation of $5-$10, but no one is turned away for lack of money. Those wanting to practice regularly but unable to pay for courses can apply for financial aid or to volunteer as a seva student. Breathing Time offers a wide range of courses, including Flow, Hatha and Viniyoga, and it also offers prenatal yoga for expectant mothers.
New Hampshire Power Yoga
Among the accolades earned by Merrimack’s New Hampshire Power Yoga is nine consecutive Hippo Best of Awards, solidifying it as the state’s preeminent yoga studio. Specializing in Vinyasa Yoga, every class at Power Yoga apart from Yin Yoga and Slow Flow takes place in a room heated to 90-95 degrees. All ages 13 and up are welcome, and the studio offers a 30-day unlimited trial for $30 exclusively to visitors making their first or second visit.
Om Studio Central (Massachusetts)
Om Studio Central in North Chelmsford operates with a mission to breathe love into every heart, mind and body one person at a time. Its method for achieving this aim goes beyond even offering everything from mat-based yoga and aerial yoga to Bollywood dancing and belly dancing; it means supporting everyone in the community that has helped support its mission. Om Studio Central takes donations to benefit those with special needs, victims of domestic violence and the economically challenged, and it modifies the content of its courses to accommodate those with unique needs so as not to exclude anyone wanting to take part.
A Common Ground Community Arts Center (Connecticut)
A Common Ground Community Arts Center in downtown Danbury is a one-stop shop for those looking for outlets of creative expression. Among the classes offered at A Common Ground are yoga, flamenco dancing, tango, salsa and African dance and drum. If you are looking for further forms of expression and expansion, you can visit A Common Ground to learn American Sign Language, partake in theater and voice lessons and learn piano.
From the calm you feel within during a yoga session to the intense burn of a high-octane dance course, these studios offer plenty of different ways to get up, get out and engage yourself even during the cold dregs of winter.
This article is presented by Colonial Volkswagen of Westborough in Westborough, Massachusetts.