Get Your "Om" On
From hot to not, there's a yoga for every yogi
Hot yoga is having its moment, with celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow praising its benefits, including increased strength and flexibility. And now Fairfielders can enjoy it (as well as Power Vinyasa classes) in a clean—and welcoming—space (heated to 105 degrees for Hot Yoga and 90 to 95 degrees for Power Vinyasa) at Fairfield Hot Yoga located in the Sportsplex. “We work hard to foster a nonjudgmental, community-based environment,” says owner Richard Failla, who teaches alongside studio manager Abbey Chase. Failla is also a Westport Police Officer, and feels that gives him a unique perspective. “Being a cop, you don’t see people at their best. With yoga, it’s different. You develop relationships with clients. We see their struggles, then watch them grow. It’s much more personal and positive,” says Failla. In addition to 14 hot yoga and 8 power vinyasa classes each week, the studio provides private studio sessions as well as classes for kids. “We do private yoga for people aged from 4 to 84, including many who are recovering from injury or have special needs.”
$29 for new members for one month unlimited, $20 per class, other packages offered. 85 Mill Plain Rd., 203-254-8199 fairfieldhotyoga.com
Like the name reads, there is something for every yogi (or budding yogi) at Yoga For Everybody. “Our classes go from very gentle to advanced. All of our teachers are highly qualified with 500 or more hours of training,” says owner Evelyne Serais. Their wide variety of styles, such as kundalini, which incorporates meditation and chanting, kripalu, a gentle style, and gong classes and specialized classes (yoga for cancer patients and a hula hoop class) makes them stand out. Private lessons, yoga teacher trainings and summer camps—for both kids and adults—are also popular at this comprehensive studio.
$30 for new members for one month unlimited, $21 per class and other packages offered. 27 Unquowa Rd., 203-254-YOGA yogaforeverybody.liveeditaurora.com
Known to locals as a cozy and high-on-personal service gym, Southport Athletic Club offers yoga for the beginner to the expert. Their core vinyasa yoga focuses on the breath, meditation and physical endurance aspects of yoga through stretching, bending, and balancing postures. They also have a gentle yoga for people who are beginners or who have injuries, and also a class that explores a wide variety of poses. Inverted frog anyone?
$49 introductory month package and other offers, 226 Old Post Rd., 203-259-0882 soutportathleticclub.com
For those who are looking to incorporate yoga into a cross-training workout regime, Edge Fitness offers seven classes per week in a variety of styles (including Power, Vinyasa, and Gentle Flow). They’re all included in a monthly gym membership, in addition to other group fitness classes like Zumba, Kettle bells, Pilates and Spinning. “We cover both the physical and spiritual sides of fitness that are taught by very talented instructors,” says Group Fitness Director Karen Ryan.
$19.99 per month for gym membership, yoga included. 500 Kings Hwy. Cutoff, 203-255-2582 theedgefitfitnessclubs.com
Westport resident and mother of two Merri Mueller opened M3 last year and now offers 27 classes a week: “I focus on beginners, people with injuries and seniors. I target people in their 40s, 50s and 60s. The studio also has advanced, night and teen classes; a men-only class on Monday nights has around 10 guys unwinding after work. “I think yoga can be intimidating for men, when they’re in a class with women who are more flexible,” says Mueller. Private sessions are available (Mueller charges $125 an hour but rates vary per instructor) and social yogis can put together a class that meets in someone’s home or office.
$50 for new members for one month unlimited, $20 per class, other packages available. 44 Main St., Westport. 203-557-8288 m3yogawestport.com
When they opened their first studio in 2006, Gina Woodman and her husband named their new business after their daughter Kaia, now 6. Of the three studios in the Kaia group (the two others are in Greenwich), the Westport location is the largest, with 100 classes held each week. They also have classes for three to five year olds and five to eight year olds. “If you love yoga, it’s a way to do it with your child or have your child introduced to it,” says Gina. For budding instructors, they offer a 200-hour vinyasa training, an advanced course and even special instruction in prenatal and restorative yoga.
$30 for new members for one month unlimited, $22 per class, other packages available, Kaia Yoga, 1200 Post Rd E, Westport. 203-532-0660 kaiayoga.com