Good yoga classes?

people doing yogaCourtney emails:

I'm not new to the area but I'm newly interested in yoga! I've heard about a bunch of great studios but I'm specifically looking for a studio that hosts a Friday or Sunday beginners class. I just can't seem to find a beginners class that works with my schedule and I don't want to be stuck doing those lame follow along dvds!

Courtney is in East Greenbush, but we'll expand this to good yoga classes/teachers all over the Capital Region.

Know of a good one? Please share!

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399 Kenwood Ave. (Four Corners)
Delmar, NY.

the breathing room in Delmar is great. Been taking classes for a while. classes are small and inexpensive. very nice people great for beginners.

Nia Yoga in downtown Albany

Dance combined with yoga. The owner is awesome. Check out the website for class times/levels

Hot Yoga of Saratoga

Hot Yoga has an awesome class on Sunday morning. I believe it starts at 10 and goes to 11:30. It's Bikram in a 100+ degree room. The poses are simple but you sweat A LOT! It's a great class to try at least once.

The Breathing Room in Delmar. I believe they have Friday classes for beginners. (
I've never taken a class at the studio, but I took an outdoor yoga class with the teachers at Indian Ladder Farms which was amazing.

I practice yoga regularly and have taken classes at a number of studios throughout the area. I can't say enough great things about HeartSpace Holistic on Madison Ave. in Albany. The instructors are really wonderful and you'll feel completely welcome regardless of what level you're at. I just glanced at their schedule and they offer a Sunday beginner's class. Check it out:

Also, if you're up for a challenge - look into a hot yoga class. It's pretty much the best workout ever. And bring lots of water!

Beginner/Intermediate Hot Vinyasa Class with Keri Walsh, RYT: Tuesdays 6pm – 7:30pm at the Kinderhook Village Hall - 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY

Keri also teachers Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Mondays 7:45pm-9:00pm @ Heartspace Yoga-Albany, NY

see Keri's website for more information:

Heart Space Holistic Yoga Studio (747 Madison Ave.) has a Sunday morning beginner's class, along with lots of other great classes. Their schedule changes from time to time, so check back if it doesn't work out now. Enjoy your yoga adventures!

Joe Yoga ("Yoga for Regular People") in Cohoes is great for beginners. Peter Heffernan is the teacher. I believe he'll be doing a Friday class in the fall, also he leads Sunday morning practices that are just fine for beginners to join.

when you expand this article could you also change the name of the blog to all over the albany AREA? I live within the city limits of albany and thus read your blog name very literally!

The instructor at Golds Gym in Niskayuna teaches an absolutely amazing Iyengar Yoga class...

Tracy at Kula is awesome:

I'm one of the owners of Breathing Room, at the four corners in Delmar and am really touched by the wonderful things that are being said. The Albany area has a really great yoga community and we are fortunate to be a part of it.

Courtney, if you're in our area on a Saturday in October, stop by!
We're offering a free yoga class each weekend at 9am that will be for all levels, including beginners. No obligation! We'd love to see everyone and get more people doing what we love!

Right on the corner of Fuller and Western- Great classes - a big variety. All suitable for beginners - I should know because I am one! The teachers suggest modifications if the pose is difficult. The practice is challenging but very satisfying and best of all they offer morning classes which seems to be very rare in this area. There is a 6 am on Monday and a 6:45 on Wednesday - along with many others at various times. Oh - one more thing - it's HOT yoga which is fantastic for stretching.

@Maria, what is the name of the practice on Fuller and Western? I'm trying to find a hot yoga studio. thanks!

Oh gosh - I forget the most important piece of info! It's called The Hot Yoga Spot and the website is: They are also on Facebook. I usually do the vinyasa flow which is very invigorating! - but today I did the "power hour". It's a new class there and it was great.

The Hot Yoga Spot is AWESOME...very cool studio with really challenging classes! I love hot yoga and this is the only place close to where I live that has it. All Over Albany just did an article on it last week and it came out great. Hot yoga is a kick@ss workout and The Hot Yoga Spot definitely delivers!

i just moved from NH, and it seems like there were so many more studios there than there are here! and, sadly for me, it is much more expensive in albany!

i was really hoping to find a sub $100 unlimited studio...i'm going back to school, and on a student budget, i really can't rationalize paying more than $75/mo or so...and if i paid for unlimited, i'd go 4x's a week.

does anyone know of anything that fits that description?

It looks like there is a vivid yoga scene in Albany.
Monika, yoga teacher from Munich

The Yoga Loft at 540 Delaware Ave. has very reasonable rates!

I take classes at The Egg in Albany through Kat Abrams, RYT. It's a lunchtime class, 45 minutes long. Kat is a wonderful, insightful teacher. Always enjoy her classes and feel refreshed and relaxed afterwards.
Have also recently tried out the Breathing Room in Delmar, NY and they have a wonderful, restorative class that is excellent. Think their website is

The Y in East greenbush has a beginner saturday morning class....

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