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From The Blog Best of: Yoga in Woodstock

Sky above, earth below, peace within

Grab your favorite athleisure-wear and roll out the yoga mat because Woodstock has four studios that are all about more stretching, less stressing. From Kundalini to Fusion, Vinyasa to Hatha, Slow Flow to PiYo, you’ll find the practice that’s just your speed – with help from this handy guide…

New to yoga with no clue where to start? No problem! We’ll break down what each yoga style means and where to find it in our neck of the woods.

The Yogamari Studio
Yogamari Vermont

Yogamari Vermont

Location: 77 Central Street, Woodstock, VT – right in the heart of the village
Schedule: Click here
Pricing: Donation-based, click here to learn more.

This intimate yoga studio may have already graced your Instagram feed thanks to its picture-perfect autumnal pumpkin display, but its cozy studio spaced for 10 students – reservation only! – and welcoming Yogi Nikki VanVoorhis will have you hitting (and feeling) refresh(ed)!

Is your schedule just as flexible as you are? Monday through Saturday, take your pick from All Level Elements, Fusion, Open Group Meditation, and Relaxed Flow. Just be sure to BYOM (bring your own mat, of course)!

  • All Level Elements: Newcomers are welcome to this class centered around the building blocks of Ashtanga (synchronized breath and poses in sequence) including sun salutations, standing and seated postures, breathing, and meditation.
  • Fusion: A blend of standing and seated postures perfect for beginners to intermediates. Combines Ashtanga, Yin/Restorative (a passive practice using bolsters and blocks to support poses), stretching, and meditation.
  • Relaxed Flow: Transition between poses that increase in difficulty as this Ashtanga class progresses, emphasizing posture, breath, and gaze.
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Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.

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Woodstock Athletic Club in snow
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The Woodstock Athletic Club

Location: 1489 South Street, Woodstock, VT
Schedule: Click here
Pricing: Membership, punch-card, and drop-in options available for 2020

Find your center under the vaulted ceilings of the Athletic Club. While this 42,000-square-foot space offers everything from swimming to racquetball, you’ll leave that all behind in the quiet calm of the yoga studio.

Want to inhale confidence and exhale doubt? Mindful, meditative, and mild Slow Flow classes are at your fingertips. Looking to break a serious sweat? Flow through sun and moon salutations while strengthening your core via offerings like Hatha.

  • Flow and Restore: Blending controlled breathing and meditation with flowing movement into longer holds, this format delivers a muscle warm-up, deep stretch, and tranquility of mind in one fell swoop.
  • Hatha: Not for the newbies, this Athletic Club class is a vigorous integration of breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation with sun and moon salutations that’ll keep you moving mindfully.
  • Kundalini: Chant it out and meet the mother of all yoga, an approach that builds strength for pose support and opens the chakras – suitable for all levels of experience.
  • Mindful Yoga: Stress meets its match with this class, where careful attention is paid to breath, sensation, and movement for mindful awareness via gentle poses, meditation, and breathing exercises.
  • PiYo: Pilates and yoga come together in this total body strengthening class with plenty of athletic stretching, bodyweight training, and cardio conditioning. High-energy meets low-impact.
  • Slow Flow: Let your body and breath guide you from pose to pose, with longer holds to focus on alignment. Perfect for beginners.
  • Vinyasa: Build strength, flexibility, and endurance through flowing postures. Typically a vigorous class, modifications can be made throughout for practitioners of all levels.
  • Yin: Target tendons, ligaments, and fascia as you transition from pose to pose, holding for up to five minutes for deeper stretch and meditation.
  • Yoga and Meditation: Chanting, asana (postures), breath work, and quiet contemplation come together to energize the body and balance the nervous system.
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the Woodstock Recreation Center

Location: 54 River St, Woodstock, VT
Schedule: Vinyasa on Mondays from 5:30 – 6:30 PM, PiYo on Tuesdays from 8:15 – 9:15 AM
Pricing: Membership and $12 per drop-in options available

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Physical meets mental exercise just a stone’s throw from the riverbed of the Ottauquechee – and in easy walking distance of Woodstock village! Drop in and give me zen with your choice of two classes with health benefits galore. Think improved strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, plus lower stress, blood pressure, and heartrate thanks to:

  • PiYo: Want the mindfulness of yoga with more sweat? Upbeat music takes this Pilates/yoga mashup to the next level with dynamic exercises and poses that engage muscles large and small for a total-body workout.
  • Vinyasa: Flowing postures are the name of the game, as you connect breath and harmony with movement, balance, and strength-building.

Central Street Yoga and Meditation

Location: 57 Woodstock Road, Taftsville, VT
Schedule: Click here
Pricing: Click here for drop-in and multi-class options

It doesn’t get any more beginner-friendly than this! For a compassionate approach to this mind-body exercise, let Certified Svaroopa Yoga Teacher 700 Annie Ross guide you through the gentle motions in historic Taftsville. A gradual type of Hatha yoga that loosens tension in the spine with the assistance of props, Svaroopa is welcome to all ages and fitness levels.

 

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