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yogabriefs Experience Aerial Yoga in Albany


ood Karma Studio, the only aerial yoga studio in Albany, has 16 aerial swings in its upstairs “Flight Center” space. Two types of kids’ aerial yoga classes are held on the last Sunday of the month: Parental & Me Aerial Yoga, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., for ages 4 to 6, where adults and kid work together; and Kids Aerial Yoga, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., for ages 6 to 11. “Many people think aerial yoga is good only for the fun aspect, but the swing is also very therapeutic, and inversions provide many wonderful health benefits,” says owner Jessica Lubin. “Near and dear to my heart are the aerial therapeutic private sessions, working one-on-one with individuals of all ages where movement and function have been compromised. I am currently working with individuals trying to avoid hip replacements, lower back issues and herniated and bulging discs.” Good Karma’s downstairs’ space, called “Ground Down” can hold up to 45 people. Both studios offer drop-in classes, five or 10-class packages and monthly unlimited yoga. There are discounts available for students, teachers, seniors, military, police officers and firefighters. Location: 3 Vatrano Rd., Albany. For more information, call 518-512-9929 or visit

Kirtan with Ian Boccio at Yoga Bliss on the Blvd.


oga Bliss on the Blvd. holds monthly kirtans (call-and-response chanting) and musical events. Ian Boccio, of Blue Spirit Wheel, will conduct a kirtan on September 12 and return for a four-session Mantra Immersion Weekend on November 4. The fall also features a series of new classes, dharma talks and workshops as part of their Choose Health and Happiness packages. Yoga Bliss is dedicated and aligned under the guiding principles of love, grace and gratitude. Along with yoga classes in kripalu, hatha, vinyasa flow, ashtanga, adaptive, yin, therapeutic resonance, tween and prenatal, plus qigong and belly dance, they offer specialized workshops such as yin restorative, breath empowerment and qigong, and yoga topics. Most classes run continuously, along with some special class series. There are drop-in rates, monthly unlimited passes and class passes ranging from a six-pass to a 50-pass. Owner Mary Clare O’Connor says, “We think that practicing yoga is a great way to learn about and be compassionate with oneself. We consider yoga to be both an art and a science for healthy living.” Location: 140 Erie Blvd., Schenectady. For more information, call 518-894-7086 or visit See ad, page 25.

Y oga is an art and science of living. ~Indra Devi 6

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The Power of Donation Yoga


amaste Yoga of Saratoga Springs holds regularly scheduled yoga classes for all levels and abilities seven day a week—Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings and Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings with six experienced teachers. Students offer what is comfortably affordable for payment. The suggested donation is $10 to $15 per class. Donation classes include authentic Indian hatha yoga, Mark Kinder’s Detox Yoga, ayurvedic yoga, vinyasa yoga, workshops, and meditation classes for all levels of ability and interests. Owner Susan Cuda states, “Traditional yoga, practiced regularly, brings the benefit of stilling the mind and healing the body. Offering well-instructed classes to all, no matter your income or religion, is our way of reaching out to the community, ensuring that everyone who is drawn to yoga is served.” Namaste Yoga believes in the human ability to transform consciousness through the practice of yoga. Their studio is a safe space for the student to explore within—spiritually relaxing, warm, well-ventilated, peaceful, and quiet—instructing classes that are designed to be therapeutic, whether challenging or gentle. Location: 2 Franklin Square, Ste. F2, Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-222 7470 or visit See ad, page 5.

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