Read an interview with owner of The Hot Yoga Spot, Jessica Fuller, about how COVID-19 has impacted her businesses and others.more
However, small businesses that could not get help from the federal programs for COVID relief were able to get help from a county grant program.
The owner of a yoga studio says the aid helped her recoup costs of buying new air filters, PPE and other needs.more
The Hot Yoga Spot Founder, Jessica Fuller, was featured in UAlbany Alumni Magazine as a former student who has done great things in the community.
"Jessica (Lustig) Fuller probably never foresaw that her decision to enroll at UAlbany would impact just about every facet of her life, from where she lives to the purple-painted walls of her business, The Hot Yoga Spot. But it has.
A practitioner of yoga since her teens, Fuller began working out in local studios and, at age 23, hit upon the idea of starting her own, close to UAlbany. She established The Hot Yoga...more
March Madness is a great way to dedicate yourself to being present on your mat and in your life. Try new things and switch up your routine to create positive changes in your body and mind. Enjoy all of this while also earning great prizes.
The Hot Yoga Spot has been offering the March Madness competition for eight years and it is always fun for everyone. Each year, the enthusiasm and participation grows and we love to reward you for your commitment. We have a new twist on our classic contest this year to make the challenge more exciting and the rewards even better. Hopefully, you are...more
As many of us still work from home and the world is ever-changing, some of us feel like there’s no escape from home. You might be looking for a way to relieve some stress with some peace and serenity in your home. The answer could be as simple as finding the perfect place in your house for a yoga space.more
Do you make a New Year's Resolution every year and find that you have given up or forgotten it before you've had a chance to see any results? Chances are it is the same part of your life that needs improvement every time so you set the same goal year after year.
The Hot Yoga Spot has put together a list of ways you can stay on track and live your best life. Most of these tips can be employed to help you reach any goal, whether it is losing weight, creating more time for exercise, finding a job you enjoy, spending more time being mindful, enjoying more adventures, or anything else...more
The Hot Yoga Spot owner was featured in Times Union Women At Work section about how she stayed connected and enhanced business during quarantine.
"As I write this, The Hot Yoga Spot has been closed for almost two months. We have been open for almost a decade and words can't describe how much we've missed the sweaty hugs, the powerful classes, the laughs and the tears that we usually get to share across our five Capital Region locations. Although we are devastated to be closed and are missing everyone dearly, we are focusing on the silver lining of this situation and we are excited...more
Have you ever taken a moment to think about how your breath and body feel when you are relaxed as opposed to when you are stressed and tense? Next time you feel calm and relaxed, take note of how your body is feeling. Do you notice that your breath is slower and deeper? Without you even realizing it, those deeper breaths are sending signals to your brain to calm down and relax. In today’s post, we are going to be discussing a few excellent breathing exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine or whenever you are feeling stressed in order to bring your body and mind back to a...more
Good sleeping habits play an important part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Quality sleep can improve memory, promote emotional stability, and plays an essential role in many of the body's healing and metabolic functions.
However, many people struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to promote more restful sleep. For example, yoga poses that help with sleep can be a great way to unwind and de-stress before bed. In addition to the flexibility and relaxation benefits of yoga, just having a nightly pre-bedtime routine can be a...more
Stress levels around New York State have spiked in the last week and the Capital Region has not been immune. As the number of local diagnoses of COVID-19 rises and as officials encourage people to stay home, The Gazette spoke with a few local experts about how exercising at home is helping people cope with the stress of the constantly-shifting situation.
One of the most common at-home exercises that can help with stress-management is yoga, and, despite having to close earlier this week, The Hot Yoga Spot hasn’t stopped offering classes; they’ve just shifted to virtual...more
Jessica Fuller, CEO and Owner of The Hot Yoga Spot, says "As long as you're not sick... keep going to the gym, going to a yoga studio, getting your sweat on... being a healthy person is the best way to continue being a healthy person."
Fuller tells CBS6’s Lynsey Smith that it's about reassuring her customers that steps are being taken to ensure cleanliness in her studios.more
The Hot Yoga Spot founder and C.E.O. was quoted in Livestrong about the importance of inclusivity in yoga and fitness.
"When Jessica Fuller decided to start teaching yoga in upstate New York, she was frustrated by the limited options for students who had chronic pain, arthritis or who were elderly or overweight.
So, she started her own studio, The Hot Yoga Spot, which now has nearly 50 instructors and offers a variety of hot yoga classes that are open to all, thanks to her emphasis on teacher...more
As the new year comes around, many people are setting aside time to think about their goals for the upcoming year. These resolutions can come in many forms - whether you want to score a new job, make more time for yourself, start a new hobby, lose weight, or get stronger, a commitment to yoga can help you to reach all the other goals on your resolution list.
Yoga offers both immediate and long-term benefits for your body and mind. Not only does yoga contribute to your well-being, but it can also help you to realize your intentions and achieve your objectives. Starting a yoga...more
The holidays are often about what we can do for others and that’s great. At the end of the day, nothing will make you feel better and more fulfilled than doing for others, promoting kindness and spreading cheer. That’s why we’ve been posting daily tips on ways to make others happier this holiday season with our December Kindness Calendar. Be sure to check it out and follow along with us daily to be your best self this month.
That being said, you can’t fill from an empty cup. The holidays are...more
As we look forward to our tenth year together, we will be celebrating with our unending attitude of gratitude. In honor of Giving Tuesday, we ask that you join us in following our Calendar of Kindness for the remainder of 2019. From now through the end of the year, we’ll post a simple, easy to perform task on our Instagram that promotes peace and harmony this holiday season. We'll eve provide tips and ideas to implement the kindness calendar and help brighten the season for those you care about (and yourself)!
Our sessions at The Hot Yoga Spot are designed to help you look and feel your best. We offer gift cards in any amount so this is the perfect gift to fit any budget. For your convenience, gift cards can be purchased in three easy ways and can be enjoyed at all of our locations.
In addition to our customized certificates which can be purchased in any amount, you can also take advantage of these limited time holiday offers:
- Pay $150 for a gift card worth $165 ($15 value)
‘Tis the season for presents, Black Friday crowds, family time...and yoga? It may not be your first thought, but the holiday season is actually the perfect time to incorporate yoga into your routine. There are many ways hot yoga and barre fitness can help you feel like your best self as the holiday season approaches.
Beat Holiday Stress
We all know how stressful the holidays can be. There are gifts to buy, families to entertain, homes to clean and lots of decorations to be hung. Yoga is the perfect solution to help you stay calm during the hectic holiday...more
Jessica Fuller, Founder & C.E.O. of The Hot Yoga Spot was featured on Livestrong.com for her advice on how to practice hot yoga at home.
"Jessica Fuller, instructor, and founder of The Hot Yoga Spot suggests painting the walls a soothing color, add a few paintings, a little waterfall, a plant, meditation pillows, candles or a statue to enhance the space. She also recommends...more
Yoga and barre are both great ways to become more centered, to slim down, and to build your strength and endurance. This is especially true for our bootcamp style classes which we offer across our six studio locations. Read on to see how to prepare for these challenging classes, and what to expect when you get on your mat.
What To Expect
If you've attended a hot yoga class or one of our other heated class options before, you'll know that our heated yoga classes are, well, hot! However, we turn the heat down a bit for our bootcamp style classes. Barre Bootcamp...more
Yoga is a great way to relax, get a great workout in and rid your body of stress. While it is a normal part of life, stress can have a negative impact on your body as well as your mind when left unmanaged. It can lead to mild discomfort or even chronic pain and illness. If you’re experiencing any of these stress related physical symptoms, consider looking into therapeutic methods of stress management like yoga:
The number one indicator of too much stress is a pounding headache. If your mind is racing and your muscles are always tense, it will...more
Recently I had the gift of a weekend at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, with world renowned teachers Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. The theme of the weekend’s workshop was The Full Scope of Yoga, exploring asana, pranayama and meditation.
The Hot Yoga Spot has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association for our annual summer solstice yoga fundraiser, “The Longest Day” for the past 3 years, and this year the Alzheimer’s Association had a fundraising contest for yoga studios. We were not aware of this when we registered for this year’s event, and were excited to learn we...more
With so many New Yorkers now interested in yoga, the demand for trainers is at an all-time high. If you have a passion for teaching others and are looking to take your yoga experience to the next level, now's the time to consider becoming a yoga instructor. Read on to learn more about the yoga teacher certification process.
The first step is to register in a yoga teacher training course. Although you must pay for the cost of tuition, it’s more affordable than you may think. Some studios like The Hot Yoga Spot even offer payment plans so you can...more
Yoga impacts your body, mind and spirit in a range of different ways. If you are trying to limit the signs of aging, this ancient practice can help. Through your yoga practice, you can limit the effects of aging on the body, relive common symptoms, and age more gracefully by improving common physical symptoms of getting older.
Unfortunately, one out of three women and one out of five men will suffer from osteoporosis. This disease causes your bone...more
Yoga has been shown to have many positive benefits on people’s health and well-being. The consistent practice of yoga can help calm stress and anxiety, ease muscle pain and soreness, and yoga can even cure insomnia.
If you’re looking for a calming addition to your bedtime routine, yoga may be the solution for you. We’ll talk you through these four benefits to practicing yoga before bed, and by the time we’re done, you’ll be convinced that this is something you should try out.
"Ask any world weary traveler and they’ll tell you: Jet lag is probably the worst part of taking a long haul flight.
And if you’re the type of traveler who loves to globetrot, you’ve probably taken several long-haul flights in your lifetime and had countless experiences feeling exhausted, sore, and cranky afterwards. Not only can jet lag be a big downer for your mood, it can also be a big time suck when you finally land in your destination.
A hot yoga class is a strenuous activity that requires a fuel strategy. Whether you're taking one of our heated Barkan yoga classes, a Bikram class, or one of our high-intensity interval training classes, it's important to properly fuel up before stepping on your mat. Properly preparing for your class can give you the energy to do that last rep, or sustain that challenging pose. If you're heading to our hot yoga studio any time soon, it's important to consider how to eat and drink for fuel and recovery.
Before Your Yoga Class
Some people prefer not to eat...more
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is a slower moving yoga practice during which you will hold postures for a longer duration of time. Each pose may be held anywhere from 2-10 minutes. The style of Yin Yoga we offer at The Hot Yoga Spot comes from the teaching lineage of Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.
Why is it called Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga gets its name from the Chinese concept of yin and yang. Yin refers to things that are passive, negative, dark, earthy, watery, cloudy, cool, delicate and soft....more
Interested in taking a New York Power Yoga class?. Traditionally known as Vinyasa yoga, this form of yoga was created to promote a classical Indian style form. It typically involves a hot environment, controlled breathing, and other factors designed to build a person up. What's interesting about this form is that it has proven to be one of the most effective activities on both the physical and mental side of things. Not only does it have immediate beneficial effects, but it also promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle that will keep you coming back for more classes. In other words, there...more
1-Harrison, my adorable two-and-a-half-year-old son, wears prescription glasses.
2- I’m an only child and both of my parents moved here from Long Island when I decided to officially relocate after college.
3- I opened my first The Hot Yoga Spot on the corner of Western Ave. and Fuller Road in 2010 when I was 23 years old. Thanks to so many amazing, supportive yogis, we relocated just a few months later to Stuyvesant Plaza to create more space for more mats.
July 2019, Edible Capital District Magazine; In 2010, she opened the Hot Yoga Spot in Albany and was the only instructor; now there are five studios in the Capital District, with 45 teachers. In 2018, she opened BARE, a vegetarian eatery offering bowls, smoothies and juices in Guilderland.
She’s onto something: According to a National Health Interview Survey released in November of 2018, three times more...more
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Most of us are used to seeing yoga practiced on a mat, but at The Hot Yoga Spot in Albany, they’re taking yoga off the ground and into the air. It’s not just an excuse to look and feel like a superhero, though that’s definitely a perk. Aerial yoga has specific benefits for your body and brain.
Instructors at The Hot Yoga Spot in Albany tell News10 that practicing on the silks releases tension in the spine. And from a sensory perspective, linear swinging is calming and organizing for the brain.
"Some people come to The Hot Yoga Spot every day and don’t go to any other studios, and they feel great and it works well for them. Others come as a supplement for other workouts. If you are doing other programs, you still need the yoga to counteract what you're doing in those workouts. Our business complements other fitness brands instead of competing with them—we’ll team up with other places and do events. It gets new clients in our doors and shows them the benefits of hot yoga that their current workouts don’t cover."
Are you looking for help committing to health and wellness all summer long? We've got your back! The Hot Yoga Spot is hosting its fourth annual Downward Dog Days of Summer Challenge. The rules are simple and the rewards are sweet:
- Take 55 classes at The Hot Yoga Spot in July & August.
- Upon completion, receive 10 free sessions to be enjoyed in September and a special, limited edition tank top.
- You can attend class and participate at all five locations.
- There is no need to register in advance or fill out any forms.
The Hot Yoga Spot founder, Jessica Fuller, was recently featured in Mindful Studio Magazine. "Yoga teaches us to push aside ego, learn from others, accept help and embrace guidance. The dream of opening a yoga studio is sometimes foolishly dismissed as unrealistic, but of course it is possible. With yoga, anything is. And it is possible to open a successful studio and for you to shape your future by exploring the franchise options available to you."
Learn more about her thoughts on how to open a yoga studio and how becoming part of a franchise can help
Looking for outdoor yoga classes outside of NYC? Look no further than The Hot Yoga Spot! We have a variety of outdoor events scheduled for this summer and can't wait to meet you on the mat. Read on to learn more about our next three outdoor yoga events:
Annual Yoga Fundraiser - June 21st
Celebrate international yoga day AND the first official day of summer at our annual yoga fundraiser! This event is free and open to the public, and all donations will be given to the...more
Join The Hot Yoga Spot and Complexions Spa for our outdoor yoga series.
These special classes are the perfect way to celebrate summer and enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and pampering from your favorite Saratoga wellness destinations. Each event will feature an all levels yoga class taught by talented teachers from The Hot Yoga Spot. When you sign up to participate in the event, you also get a day pass to enjoy the luxurious amenities at Complexions Spa for the ultimate in pampering.
All sessions take place at Complexions Spa in Saratoga Springs. The yoga happens on the...more
There are a lot of myths about hot yoga that keep people from trying it out, even though most of them are completely untrue. In this post, we’re going to debunk the biggest myths about hot yoga and hopefully, entice more people to join our growing community.
Myth #1: I have to be flexible.
The biggest misconception about hot yoga — or, indeed, any type of yoga — is that you have to be flexible. But do note that the ability to bend and twist is not a prerequisite to any yoga practice; it’s actually something that you develop over time. There are modifications...more
Owner of The Hot Yoga Spot, Jessica Fuller, was interviewed for her opinion on best website platforms for franchises:
“I use SpaceCraft for my franchise website. They were a natural choice because I also use them for my other businesses and corporate-owned locations,” Jessica Fuller, founder and CEO of The Hot Yoga Spot, wrote in an email. “The platform is easy to use, provides plenty of customization options, integrates SEO and provides easy-to-understand...more
With the variety of yoga classes available at The Hot Yoga Spot, beginner students and those new to our studios may not know which class they should take first. If you find yourself in this situation, keep reading to learn a bit more about the classes we offer at our New York yoga studio.
1.) Beginner Sessions
Our beginner yoga classes are created for newbies in mind and have a slower flow and more detailed pose descriptions. These are perfect for those who haven't taken a yoga class in a while, or even seasoned yogis who want to slow it down. Beginner level...more
Any serious runner understands the immense benefit that cross training has on the body and its performance. Whether it be biking, swimming or yoga, cross training possibilities are endless. One of the best complements to any running routine is hot yoga. Hot yoga incorporates the traditional yoga poses and breathing exercise but adds the element of heat. With a typical hot yoga class averaging approximately 90-100 degrees, this workout is destined to work up a sweat.
Incorporating hot yoga into your exercise routine boasts a myriad of benefits for runners:
At the Hot Yoga Spot, we believe that a healthy community helps yoga practitioners amplify the physical and mental benefits of yoga. By creating connections both within our studio and throughout the surrounding community, we're able to give our yoga students a place to call home. Whether you're a new yogi looking for likeminded individuals, or simply looking to give back to your community, learn how we foster community in many different ways.
Posting Teacher Profiles and Student Testimonials Online
We always publish detailed profiles of our yoga teachers on...more
I work out once every year and it’s when we shoot these squad workout videos. After which it takes me one week to recover physically, 51 more to recover emotionally, and then I’m ready to pump iron again. For as long as my metabolism keeps up to the par it is at I will stick with this formula, and then I will probably cave to Taylor’s wish to join her at the gym. But for now, we tested out BarreFlow, a very popular workout group based in the Capital Region that combines barre and yoga.
John and I are fit for neither, but we made it through to tell the tale.
In today's world and the rise of social media, many are tempted to measure themselves and their bodies against others. This can lead to fixating on a perceived flaw, causing anxiety, feelings of low self-worth, and even depression. The practice of yoga can help you to end the negative self-talk and focus on a more positive internal environment. By connecting your breath with your body's movements, yoga can help you slow down and pay attention to your body, the way you move, and the wisdom that you hold inside of yourself. Read on to see several ways that taking yoga classes can help to...more
To celebrate the 20th year of The Albany Business Review's 40 Under 40 program, they highlighted some of the most influential past winners across different industries. Included in this list was owner of The Hot Yoga Spot, Jessica Fuller, as one of 12 Creative Economy Influencers in the Capital Regionmore
As we enter into the New Year, many people feel invigorated and ready to take on their health and fitness resolutions. For many people, losing weight is high up on their goals for 2019. If getting fit and losing some pounds is on your to-do list, we encourage you to try a yoga class with us and take advantage of the mental, physical, and emotional benefits that yoga can provide. Read on to learn about these benefits of Yoga, and how they can help you reach your weight loss goals this year.
Yoga Promotes Mental, Physical and Emotional Health
While many people...more
Albany, NY – The Hot Yoga Spot (THYS), the area’s premier yoga and fitness facility with five local studios, has again expanded its Albany location, which will serve as headquarters and training center for the newly created The Hot Yoga Spot franchise. For the past year, owner Jessica Fuller has worked with a franchise development team to expand THYS brand. THYS is the first woman-owned, fitness franchise to be founded in...more
Want to achieve your best body yet this winter? Then follow the advice of our pals over at Girlnetic and try barre fitness classes at The Hot Yoga Spot. Click the link to read this article and learn four reasons why these classes are the perfect way to beat the winter blues and feel your best all year.more
We are so excited about the New Year and all of the new opportunities that 2019 brings for growth in our community and personal development. This is also a perfect chance to reflect on last year and the transformation we experienced as a community in 2018. In addition to our ever growing assortment of classes and offerings, we also accomplished some amazing things together with exciting workshops, powerful fundraisers, new yoga styles and more.
We want to acknowledge all of the great accomplishments of our community in 2018 and say how excited we are for even more change, challenge,...more
Practicing yoga has long been considered one of the best ways to stay fit and release stress. While traditional yoga is great for the mind and body, Aerial yoga has a few additional benefits. We’ve recently rolled out new Aerial yoga classes at our Albany studio, and we encourage both newbies and longtime yogis to try this exciting new offering. Read on to learn more about what to expect at an Aerial yoga class, and the benefits that Aerial yoga can provide.
What is Aerial Yoga?
Aerial yoga, also referred to as anti-gravity yoga, shares a lot similarities...more
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of celebration. Unfortunately, it often becomes a source of anxiety for many people. Whether you’re preparing a Thanksgiving feast or shopping for last-minute Christmas gifts, the extra load can make the holidays seem more like a job opposed to a celebration. Yoga is among the best activities to put your mind at ease. Here’s how yoga classes can help with holiday stress.
Gives You Some Extra “Me” Time
During the holidays, family and friends may demand a lot of your attention. While there’s nothing wrong with...more
Barre has become one of today's hottest forms of cross-training, and for good reason. It can take your fitness to the next level by enhancing strength and improving flexibility, all during a fun, music-driven class. If you're a runner, you should definitely consider taking barre classes. Let's take a look at the key benefits.
Running is an excellent way to maintain your cardiovascular fitness. However, the constant pounding against the ground can put extra wear and tear on your joints. This means you're at a far greater risk of sustaining...more
Thanks to Time Union for featuring our upcoming Yoga-Tequila brunch. The fun happens this weekend and includes yoga with our talented teacher Jaime, tequila tasting, free food and a charitable donation for each participant to Code Blue.
Join us Saturday, December 8, from 2:00-5:00 pm at The Hot Yoga Spot in Saratoga Springs for our third annual holiday bazaar. This event is a perfect opportunity to support local artists and Saratoga businesses while receiving great discounts on all of your holiday shopping needs. Purchase unique gifts for loved ones (or yourself) while enjoying complimentary refreshments and mingling with the members of our Saratoga community.more
Whether you want to open your own studio or are simply looking to go deeper into your personal practice, a yoga teacher training program can provide the foundation you need to live a life that's all about yoga. Choosing the right training program for your needs is an essential first step on this new journey. Of course, picking a program can be tough. Here are four key factors that you should weigh when you evaluate a teacher training program.
A Comprehensive Curriculum
If you're looking for your first yoga teacher training class, it's important to look for one...more
The Hot Yoga Spot is excited to host Africa Yoga Project's Handstand, Hugs and Happiness tour for its second annual trip to the Capital Region! This year we will be hosting AYP instructors, Millie and Lizie, as they make their way around the country sharing their energy, love of yoga and mission of empowering change.
I first learned about Africa Yoga Project (AYP) in 2014 after attending Baptiste Level Two, led by AYP founder Paige Elenson. This was also when I met Millie and heard her story - how she discovered AYP, what its has meant to her and how committed she is to sharing it...more
On September 15, 2018, more than 400 people lined the streets of downtown Albany with yoga mats for the second annual YogaPalooza ("YP"). This massive yoga event joins people of all ages and backgrounds and encourages connection and community. It was a beautiful, sunny day and you could feel the energy on the streets in anticipation of a one-hour all levels yoga class led by Jess P.
This was my second year on the YP team, which includes endless hours of planning and preparation, meetings, and event promotion behind the scenes. My role on the team also means that on the day of the...more
Fit to Lead is a year long training program through the Baptiste Institute. Participants meet quarterly in person and stay connected via monthly video calls. The purpose of the program is to become a natural leader and educator of the Baptiste methodology and have it become a natural expression of who you are. We will have the ability to powerfully and naturally alter what is possible in our classes and in all areas of our lives.
Last week was the second gathering in Park City UT where we spent the week amongst a community of Baptiste leaders from around the world. There are...more
Join us at The Hot Yoga Spot in Binghamton, NY for our fall open house. This weekend includes free yoga classes, specials on packages and discounts on our yoga teacher training and apparel. Enjoy free juice, meet our new instructors and mingle with our community. This event is the perfect opportunity to see why The Hot Yoga Spot is the coolest way to get hot.more
Our talented instructor, Kayla, was recently featured in a Girlnetic post about how she inspires people in the Capital Region to live healthiest and most active life. Click the link to read the article and learn more about how she became part of The Hot Yoga Spot community as well as owner and head coach at...more
Choosing a yoga teacher training program can often be a difficult decision. Five years ago there were limited options and you often had to travel to complete a 200-hour program. Now that yoga has become increasingly more popular, there are many local options. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before signing up.
Do you resonate with the instructor?
It’s important to get a feel for the instructor's personality and teaching style. Make sure that what they have to offer is what you are looking for. We suggest taking at least a few of their classes...more
Bikram yoga classes provide opportunities to take part in a challenging and rewarding type of yoga. The experiences result in a number of mental benefits.
Increased Ability to Focus
When people initially enter a Bikram yoga class they can have a non-stop stream of thoughts that may not always be positive. However, they quickly realize that continuing to engage in non-stop thinking can prove near-impossible in that type of environment. This is because the heat and humidity in the room forces the focus to be turned toward the act of breathing and existing in the...more
The Hot Yoga Spot offers the Styles Yoga 200 hour and 500 hour teacher training at our Latham and Albany locations. This program is perfect for anyone who wants to learn the tools, knowledge and confidence to teach others. It is also a perfect opportunity for those who love yoga and just want to participate in a training to learn more about it and enhance their lives. Learn more about what our students and teachers feel about their experience doing the Styles Yoga teacher training.more
The Baptiste #Unstoppable program took place in Guilderland, NY this week and taught 60 educators the tools to incorporate yoga and meditation into their classrooms. This program was created by Baptiste certified instructor, Melissa Leach, at The Hot Yoga Spot in Stuyvesant Plaza.more
When you visit our yoga studio, you get to experience all of yoga’s benefits that shape your mind and body. For some students, it’s easy to let your health take a back seat to other things in life. Between a lack of sleep, demanding hours, and poor diet, your body may not be at its best physical and mental state. Practicing hot yoga can result in positive changes that not only make you feel better physically but also emotionally. Read on to learn just some of the benefits of hot yoga for students.
If you’re a student, it is not uncommon to...more
- The Hot Yoga Spot Binghamton, NY.
- July 29, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Join our talented yoga instructor, Jackie, to explore the seven main energy systems of the body known as the Chakra System. Learn where each Chakra is located, take a quiz to assess which of your own Chakras need balancing, and learn the colors, crystals, yoga poses, and activities to balance each one.more
An inspirational testimonial from our dedicated yogi, Kathleen, on her 65th birthday:
-Today I turn 65. As birthdays go, it’s not an easy one. At 65, most of us have experienced a lot... some good.. some bad... some truly insignificant. And, let’s face it, we’re not young anymore. Our bodies are aging and life is changing. But I feel great!
At 58 I started yoga. Not any yoga but Bikram Yoga. I weighed at least 20 pounds more than what I do today, I had every menopausal symptom there is (hot flashes, sleeplessness, moodiness, you name it). I had back problems (bulging discs,...more
The Hot Yoga Spot has partnered with Bellini's Counter to be their fit partner for the month of June. We have created a BC menu item that is delicious, healthy and the perfect way to fuel up after your hot yoga or barre fitness session. Stop by any Bellini's Counter location in the month of June and order our signature item!
The Hot Yoga Spot Namas-Tasty Bowl:
- whole wheat pasta
- greens and beans
- onions and peppers, tomato, artichoke
Join The Hot Yoga Spot as we lead a yoga class on the field at
Joe Bruno stadium before the Tri-City ValleyCats game. This special event is a night of fun and we can't wait to spend it with our yoga community.
Details for the evening:
Saturday, June 16 at 6:00pm
-Yoga led by Jess P. & Kayla on the field.
-Class starts at 6:00pm so plan on arriving around 5:30.
-After class, stay and watch the game in the designated area for The Hot Yoga Spot community.
-The cost for this event covers the yoga session and a loaded game ticket...more
This week's #TeacherFeature is our talented instructor, Stacy. Stacy has been part of our community since she started practicing at The Hot Yoga Spot in early 2015. She developed a deep passion for Bikram yoga in 2017 and participated in the first Hot 26 Revolution training we did last year. She realized during training that she loved the practice so much that she wanted to share it with others so she completed our 200 hour foundational program. She is dedicated to her practice so you can find her on her mat at our different locations 7 times a week. She is a kind and helpful person who is...more
Are you interested in taking your love for yoga to the next level by becoming a certified yoga teacher? By enrolling in a yoga teacher training program at The Hot Yoga Spot, you'll not only learn how to effectively lead yoga students, but you'll also learn about the physiology of yoga, meditation techniques, and how to market yourself as a yoga teacher. There are foundation training courses as well as advanced programs that allow the student to get certified in specific modalities and techniques. Read on to learn more about what to expect when you enroll in yoga teacher training....more
This week's #TeacherFeature is the newest addition to our teaching team, Sean. Although Sean just started leading classes at The Hot Yoga Spot, he has been a valued part of our community for years. Sean started taking our yoga classes in early 2016 and quickly became a regular fixture at our various studios. He completed our Styles Yoga 200 hour training and is already almost finished with his 500 hour certification. In addition to foundational programs, Sean has studied with Baron Baptiste and is certified in YOD, Kids Yoga and more. He is a dedicated student and a natural teacher who...more
We care deeply about the health and wellness of our community and know many students enjoy running outside during these warmer months. That is why we have collaborated with local fitness businesses to create a run program for the spring and summer.
Details on the next event:
- Saturday, July 21 at 8:30am at The Crossings - South Pavilion: 580 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville.
Join us for a walk/run led by Mary Beth from The Hot Yoga Spot.
This week’s #teacherfeature is our talented instructor, Leslie. Leslie has been part of our community since we first rolled out our yoga mats in Saratoga. She is as dedicated to her personal yoga practice as she is to teaching awesome classes. When not at the studio, you can find her out in nature with her pups or spending quality time with her husband. Come enjoy Leslie’s power class every Saturday at 4:00 at The Hot Yoga Spot in Saratoga.more
The Hot Yoga Spot Binghamton is excited to expand its class schedule and is in need of experienced, dedicated, certified instructors to guide students through an assortment of yoga sessions and styles. Class temperatures range from 85-105 degrees and our offerings include both Bikram yoga and vinyasa flows. If you are interested in teaching classes at The Hot Yoga Spot in Binghamton, email us at BinghamtonHotYoga@gmail.com.more
This week's #TeacherFeature is our talented instructor, Sharyn. Sharyn is a warm and caring person who has been part of our community for years. She first joined our team to teach yoga for active older adults and quickly started leading other sessions like yin yoga, yinyasa and more. When she isn't teaching a class, you can find Sharyn enjoying one of our Bikram sessions, writing, doing massage or spending time with family. If you haven't had a chance to enjoy one of Sharyn's classes, stop by our Saratoga studio this Thursday night and enjoy a yin class with Reiki and candlelight led by...more
With work, school, social plans, and the stresses and responsibilities of everyday life, finding time for a yoga may seem like an impossible task. However, finding time to visit your local studio can offer many benefits, especially when you're experiencing stress. Regular participation in yoga classes will help relieve stress, and give you the energy and positive mindset to tackle your busiest days. Read on to see how yoga classes can offer powerful stress relief, and sign up for a yoga class at your nearest The Hot Yoga Spot location!
This week's #teacherfeature is our talented instructor, Julia. Julia has been part of our community since 2013 when she started taking our yoga and barre classes. She quickly fell in love with our community and after completing our training program, she joined our team in 2014. In addition to teaching every week at our Albany location, Julia loves to spend her time hanging out at home with her husband and pets. She is an animal lover who works full time as the manager of a pet store and owns a dog sitting business. Julia is a kind and hard working person who delivers a barre experience...more
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The Hot Yoga Spot- 75 Woodlawn Ave. Saratoga springs.
April 20th from 8:00a-11:00ammore
This week’s #TeacherFeature is our talented talented, Jennie. Jennie has been leading Bikram sessions for years and is a knowledgable and terrific instructor. She is as passionate about practicing as she is about teaching and makes sure to take class regularly. Jennie works full time as a dietician in addition to teaching multiple classes each week at our studio in Saratoga Springs. When not at The Hot Yoga Spot, you can find Jennie enjoying time outdoors hiking with her husband and pup or at the lake with her family. If you want to see what makes Jennie such a great teacher, join her this...more
The weather has been less than ideal so far this spring for baseball teams looking to practice and play outside. The Garnet Raiders are using Hot Yoga to help stay loose and prepare for the season. Enjoy some great footage of the high school boys team from Colonie taking their first hot yoga class at The Hot Yoga Spot to build strength and focus for the upcoming season.more
This week’s #teacherfeature is our immensely talented, Vicki. Vicki was the first instructor to join our team when we opened The Hot Yoga Spot in Clifton Park almost 5 years ago. In addition to teaching weekly sessions at our studios in Clifton Park and Albany, she also owns the allergen-free bakery, Alexander’s Bakery. Vicki is an immensely kind person who always makes time for her family and friends. She has a warm heart and her compassion radiates out to students in her classes. If you haven’t had the pleasure of practicing with Vicki, stop by Clifton Park this evening or Stuyvesant...more
Are you looking for a fitness class that can give you the results you want? Barre classes are a great way to get moving and they can help you reach your weight loss and fitness goals. Set to upbeat music, Barre pulls inspiration from a variety of exercises from ballet to cardio, and is a fun, joint-friendly way to get in shape. Read on to learn more about Barre classes, and try one at The Hot Yoga Spot today by taking advantage of our new client special!
What can I expect in a Barre Class?
So, what’s a Barre class, anyway? It’s an intense workout that pulls...more
This week’s #teacherfeature is our fabulous instructor, Kristina. Kristina has been part of our community since she started taking classes with us more than three years ago. She quickly fell in love with The Hot Yoga Spot and did our Styles Yoga training program in late 2016. She has been part of our teaching team for more than a year and teaches an assortment of classes across our Capital Region locations. She has developed a deep passion for Baptiste yoga and is excited to go off to Level 1 training in a few months....more
This week’s #TeacherFeature is our amazing instructor, Kayla. Kayla has been part of our community since she started practicing with us in early 2012. A year later she did her teacher training at The Hot Yoga Spot and quickly joined our teaching team. Kayla is a passionate person and constantly strives to improve her life and the lives of those around her. She is a lover of all things fitness and wellness and inspires our community to get stronger and live happier. Kayla teaches a hot yoga or barre session every day so...more
This week’s #teacherfeature is our talented instructor, Clover. Clover lives in Saratoga and has been part of our team since that studio opened. She loves living in Saratoga Springs and enjoys the culture and close connections in her community. When not taking or teaching classes, you can find her out and about in town working as a full time nurse or enjoying an assortment of activities. She loves summer and escapes to the West coast to spend time with her sons whenever her schedule allows. If you haven’t tried class with...more
MENANDS -- Yoga isn’t just for people: goats, dogs and now cats are joining in.
Each month, the Mohawk Humane Society in Menands hosts a Meowmaste Yoga with Cats class.
“It fills up within a day [of being announced] or sometimes less,” said Vicki Brignati.
She works full time as a yoga instructor at The Hot Yoga Spot in Clifton Park but wanted to do something to help out the Humane Society.
Brignati reached out to the Society about starting cat yoga and, according to Marguerite Pearson, the marketing and communications manager, the Society was just starting to...more
Are you ready to get sweaty for a good cause? We are so excited to announce a 5 week series happening at The Hot Yoga Spot in Stuyvesant Plaza.
- Sundays at 3:00pm
- March 11-April 8
Join us every Sunday for a donation based community class. Each session will be led by a different teacher with donations supporting a different local organization. The first sessions will be lovingly instructed by our talented teacher Kristina with funds raised going to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.
This week’s #teacherfeature is all about or barre superstar, Pam. Pam has been part of our community forever (in fact, her first yoga class ever was in Clifton Park 5 years ago with our talented instructor, Vicki). Pam is just about the sweetest person you could ever hope to meet. When she isn’t teaching at The Hot Yoga Spot you can probably find her spending time with her family at the lake, watching her daughters dance or cheering on her son at a football game. She holds certifications in barre as well as plyoga and...more
At The Hot Yoga Spot, we strive to have a consistent and reliable class schedule. When it is cold and snowy outside, we are a warm and cozy retreat. We try our best to stay open during inclement weather and to modify our schedule instead of closing entirely.
The best way to find out which classes are taking place during snow storms is to click here and visit the schedule page of our website. If a class is cancelled, we always make sure it is taken off our online schedule at least one hour...more
What if we grew up in a world where we were told it was alright to fail? Oh the possibilities and life lessons that would arise. We would be a society of adventurers and optimists never worrying about what others thought or being embarrassed.
I ventured to Lynn’s Baptiste class at noon today. Sorry I cut off your face, Lynn, but I want to get the message out that this is a class to attend. After working all morning, I wanted movement, and Lynn’s class was just what I needed.
The messages that flow from yoga can be life-changing if we let them in. Today in tree pose, Lynn...more
The Hot Yoga Spot, the region's biggest independent, has 45 teachers and 200 classes a week.
"It's definitely a more competitive climate now," Fuller said. "When I first opened, there were maybe only two hot yoga studios in the Capital Region and no other barre facility. In the last three or four years, there's just been a ton of hot yoga and barre studios opening."
But Fuller doesn't believe she is competing with franchises. "A lot of times people can find something really nice from both."
Quite a few of her clients come for yoga or barre but also go to a Big Box gym for...more
This week’s #teacherfeature is all about Sheryl. Sheryl has been part of our Baptiste Yoga dream team since she joined The Hot Yoga Spot years ago. In addition to being in the Baptiste Institute’s FIT to Lead program, she is YOD certified and helping to create a leadership and mentorship program through our studio. She teaches 4x a week in Clifton Park and loves being part of this sweaty community. If you haven’t taken class with Sheryl yet, head to The Hot Yoga Spot in Clifton Park tomorrow night at 5:45 or 7:00 for two...more
Hot yoga has been growing in popularity in recent years. These classes are different than your typical yoga class because the temperature of the room ranges from 90 to 100 degrees or more. Research has shown that there are great benefits of hot yoga, including improved flexibility, balance and strength.
With any form of exercise, there are some risks associated with practice. However, they are easily avoidable if you know the right way to prepare! Hot yoga can make you feel and look your best, but you should avoid making the following common mistakes to practice as safely as...more
Interested in learning more about arm balances? Click here to watch a fun video with Aaron to learn more about how to build strength and skills for arm balances. This video is a good idea of what you can expect to enjoy with his upcoming workshop.
Want to sign up for the workshop? Visit the Special Events page of our website!more
This week’s #teacherfeature is our amazing instructor, Anna. Anna has been a familiar face at The Hot Yoga Spot since she started taking classes with us in 2012. After competing our yoga training program she officially joined the team in 2015 when we opened in East Greenbush. She teaches a super sweaty power class every Tuesday at 9:30a (you can see for yourself tomorrow morning). She also teaches Bikram yoga on Saturday’s in Albany since she completed her Hot 26 Revolution training last year. When not at the studio, you...more
This morning, I attended Jessica Padula’s 90-minute Hot Baptiste Beats yoga class at Clifton Park’s Hot Yoga Spot. I wish I had taken a photo of us together after today’s class, because even though this one symbolizes our connectedness, today’s would have displayed our emotional strength.
Class started with a reading about spinning your wheels and getting stuck where you don’t want to be. Sometimes we have to dig in and kick hard enough to get where we really need to be. We don’t get there by waving a magic wand. We get there through determination, self-inquiry, and doing the...more
This week’s #TeacherFeature is all about Jenn M. Jenn has been part of our community since we rolled out our mats in Saratoga 2.5 years ago and her class is a favorite among yoga teachers and students. She lives in Saratoga and when she’s not at the studio instructing or taking class, you can find her spending time with family or working as an ELA teacher. See for yourself how great she is at The Hot Yoga Spot every Tuesday night at 6:00p (and again this week on Thursday when she subs at 5:30pm)....more
I’ve been asked many questions about the yoga teacher training program I offer in Albany, NY. One of the most popular questions I receive from potential students is “Do you think I’m ready?”. I always give the same reply: Of course! You don’t need to have an advanced practice in order to benefit from or even participate in a 200-hour yoga training. A 200-hour training gives you a foundation from which to build.
There are a number of reasons to sign up for a yoga teacher training course. Let’s go over just a few of them!
1. Enhance Your Asana Practice
This week’s #TeacherFeature is our insanely talented instructor and an immensely genuine and kind person, Amy A. Not only has she been part of our team for almost 5 years but she has been teaching her same weekly sessions since she joined The Hot Yoga Spot in 2013. In addition to leading yoga classes, Amy is also a dancer and a massage therapist (and the anatomist for our Styles Yoga training program). She has a deep understanding of the human body and combines this with her dance background to create classes that are...more
Alexander‘s Bakery & The Hot Yoga Spot are partnering to help with your Valentine’s Day gift giving.
Stop by The Hot Yoga Spot in Clifton Park on Monday, February 12, for the opportunity to buy boxes of allergy friendly, gluten free & vegan cookies, available by the dozen. We will be there for 15 minutes before or 15 minutes after our classes happening from 9:30-10:30am and 5:45-6:45pm.
The Hot Yoga Spot will have gift certificates, clothing and yoga accessories available for purchase at the same time so you can pick up yoga goodies and sweets in one convenient trip....more
This week’s #TeacherFeature is the amazing ray of sunshine from Saratoga Springs, Jaime! She has been part of The Hot Yoga Spot team since 2014 and has taught at all 5 of our Capital Regions studios. Jaime is a girl who always follows her arrow and lives her life to the fullest with every second. Jaime makes her emotional and physical health a priority while also packing each and every day with as much joy and laughter as possible. In addition to working as an elementary school counselor, she teaches 3x a week at our...more
Yoga with a dancing bear? A giant roller coaster of kid yogis? Welcome to Yogapalooza! Based on the TV show created and hosted by Bari Koral, Yogapalooza is an interactive concert packed with yoga poses, songs, dance and play. We’ll take a trip to the moon, learn yoga with a gingerbread man, pop like popcorn, hang upside like bats and lots more as we stretch, play and rock out to Bari’s award-winning songs. Unroll your mat, put on your adventure caps and off we go! The most fun you’ve ever had doing yoga guaranteed! Beginners welcome.
Our weekly #TEACHERFEATURE posts took a break for the holidays and New Year but now they're back for 2018. Today we're celebrating the co-owner of the Clifton Park and East Greenbush locations, Andrea D. Andrea attended her first class at The Hot Yoga Spot on the night it opened in 2010 and quickly became a regular face as both a student and an instructor. She is a talented teacher who works hard to make everyone in her classes feel safe and nurtured. She's also an incredible friend who is there if you need something and...more
40 Days to Personal Revolution is a 6 week program designed to empower each participant with the training and insight that is needed to achieve breakthroughs. Develop strength, vitality, power, and freedom through meditation, Asana (the physical practice) and inquiry. Whether you are brand new to yoga or are a seasoned practitioner, the 40 Days program will leave you up to something bigger in your practice and in your life.
We are so excited about the new year and all of the new opportunities that 2018 brings for growth in our community and personal development. However, this is a perfect chance to reflect on last year and on how special our community was in 2017. We accomplished some amazing things like two massive outdoor yoga events, almost $20,000 in funds raised, and hundreds of yogis enriching their lives through our workshops. We wanted to acknowledge all of the great accomplishments of our community in 2017 and say how excited we are for even more growth, challenge, improvement and discovery in this...more
The Hot Yoga Spot's HIIT is a 6 week program that challenges and pushes you every day:
Designed for all fitness levels, this high intensity training program is a great way to kick start the New Year! Classes work in peak cardio zones and are designed to help you push your limits and change your body while having fun.
In a one hour session you'll go through an emotional rollercoaster of loving your decision to wake up and be fit, followed by doubt as to whether or not you’ll survive, culminating with an epic feeling of kick-butt victory and excitement to head...more
The Hot Yoga Spot hosted our 6th annual Holiday Party at Ships Pub this past Saturday and it was our biggest one yet. We were joined by over 100 yogis from all 5 of our locations as well as friends and their family members. This special night was full of laughter and a lot of fun.
We had such a great time celebrating the holidays with our community and enjoying drinks, food and plenty of dancing. We are so grateful for the chance to share yoga and barre classes at our 5 locations across the Capital Region and always look forward to showing our appreciation during this special time...more
Jeannine is one of the newest additions to The Hot Yoga Spot team and is also this week’s #TeacherFeature. She has been loving yoga forever, teaching it in New Paltz for years and has been part of our Capital Region community since early summer. Jeannine is our only instructor who currently teaches at least once a week at all 5 studio locations so literally everyone in the Capital Region has the opportunity to see how talented and passionate she is! In addition to her yoga trainings and experience, she is also a certified...more
Do you dream of saluting the sun and performing the perfect warrior pose on a soft sand beach? How about attending mindfulness workshops, delving into meditation or finally mastering that bakasana with the sounds of the rainforest in the background? A yoga retreat might be just what you need.
One of the best ways to bring serenity, relaxation and new techniques to your life is by participating in a yoga retreat. You will be able to concentrate on your practice, meet new friends, perfect current skills and master new poses in unique destinations around the world.
Things in life, as in yoga, are often awkward and shaky before they become fluid and elegant. Practice is the key to moving through that transition. Life is practice. Very few moments in life are a performance. And even those are practice!
Things change. Something that is usually easy & natural for you may challenge you today. Something usually difficult may come with ease the next time you try. Don’t attach yourself to the outcome, but explore it with curiosity.
Be present with your discomfort. Breathe...more
The Hot Yoga Spot and Alexander‘s Bakery are partnering to help with your last-minute holiday shopping. Stop by The Hot Yoga Spot the weekend before Christmas for your opportunity to buy gift certificates, clothing and yoga accessories. You can also purchase allergy friendly baked goods from Alexander’s Bakery, the only bakery in the Capital District that is gluten free, vegan and free-from the top 8 allergens. Alexander’s Bakery will be at The Hot Yoga Spot with assorted Christmas Cookie Boxes. Cookies are available on a first come basis or you can reserve yours in advance by emailing...more
This week’s #TeacherFeature is someone who has been at The Hot Yoga Spot for more than three years and is an important part of our special community. Mary Beth completed one of her two foundational trainings with us in 2014 and has since obtained her 500 hour certification as well as trainings with BarreFlow, Om Yoga’s Restorative Teacher Training, and more. When not at the studio, you can find Mary Beth working at her Alma Mater, Siena, or running, hiking and enjoying outdoor activities with family. In addition to teaching classes every week at Clifton Park and Stuyvesant Plaza, Mary Beth...more
It is with my greatest pleasure to share Jessica Fuller's responses to my five WCW questions! Jessica is the owner of The Hot Yoga Spot, 5 yoga studios in the Capital Region of New York! There is so much I could share about her, but she is the definition of BOSSLADY, leadership, community and ABUNDANCE. I had the great privilege of working for her and her team and I am SO grateful for it. A former UAlbany Alum and a Long Island gal like myself, this woman has created more in 30 years than any other woman I know, not to mention the CUTEST little boy too! Take the time to read what she...more
We are so excited to announce that these four ladies competed their BarreFlow certification this weekend. Pam & Amy S have both been teaching barre classes in Clifton Park for years and were so excited for this training so they could continue their education and be even better instructors. Jeannine has been teaching hot yoga at all of our locations since the summer and is a lover of everything related to fitness. When this training came along, she couldn't miss the opportunity to learn all about Barre and start teaching classes. And you might not know Amber yet, but she is a regular...more
Gift Card Hours are the perfect opportunity to stop by our locations and purchase a present for your loved ones (or yourself). If you are looking to buy a holiday gift, visit the following locations at the following times. We have gift cards available in any amount, as well as all of our popular products like yoga mats, towels, bottles, journals, apparel and more.
To learn more about our holiday gift card specials, click here.
To order a gift card for our studios in...more
This week’s #TeacherFeature is our amazing instructor, Bethany! Bethany has been with us since 2012 and is the one who first introduced Bikram Yoga to The Hot Yoga Spot. Bethany loves teaching Bikram so much that she did it up until one week of giving birth, three separate times, when she was pregnant with all of her children! Not only is Bethany a dedicated and talented instructor, she is also an amazing wife and mom and a diehard Springsteen fan who happens to bake the most delicious sweets in the entire world. She is an...more
You are invited to our sixth annual holiday party!
Join us for great drinks, delicious food and lots of fun with your favorite yoga community. We love celebrating the holiday season with you and this is our way of thanking our amazing students and teachers for being part of our yoga family.
The Hot Yoga Spot Holiday Party
12/2/16 from 7:00-10:00pm
Ships Pub - 360 Northern Blvd. Albany.
I know I shouldn't have favorites when it comes to WCW, BUTTTTTTT Jaime is my spirit animal. We were lucky enough to cross paths in Upstate NY, doing yoga, obviously! Jaime is also connected to me literally!! When I was in the process of leaving my career as a counselor to teach yoga full time she continually said, "follow your arrow!!" And so, one day, down here in Florida, when i opened my eyes to realize that I had followed my arrow, I got a tattoo, of an arrow! I love her so much!!! She and her whole family, even Dolly her dog are some of my favorite people and I am so thankful she...more
This 20 minute journey tells the incredible story of our student, Stacy. Diagnosed with RA in 2003, Stacy declined to a state where she was bed-ridden and in a wheel chair by 2016. With the help of this program (and daily Bikram Yoga classes at The Hot Yoga Spot) she has completely transformed her life and her health. This video shares details of how her health declined, the medicines and modalities she used to treat RA and the side effects associated, and how she was ultimately able to pull herself back into good health. Pay extra close attention at minutes 4:40 and 18:55 when she...more
The week’s #TeacherFeature is the talented, Amy S. Born and raised in Clifton Park, Amy first became a part of The Hot Yoga Spot community when she began taking sessions with us 4 years ago. Amy is the queen of early mornings (because with a husband and 4 young kids, sometimes early morning is the only time you get to yourself). You can catch a hot yoga or barre session with her at The Hot Yoga Spot 5 times a week before the sun is up. In addition to being part of our Clifton Park community, Amy works with young athletes...more
Emotions pour out of me like a pot boiling over as my backside melts into my yoga mat for final Savasana, the closing Bikram pose of total relaxation. My eyes fill up and a couple of hot tears effortlessly drain out and roll down over my temples. Every single pore in my body is open and empty. The tension continues to seep out with my salty sweat and tears, long after I stop moving.
My mindset has shifted, my body has loosened and the intense release that I now feel is otherworldly. And in that moment, after 90 minutes of breathing through the struggle, I suddenly feel...more
This week’s #TeacherFeature is all about Jess P. Jess is a Tier 2/500 hour Baptiste certified instructor who is currently working towards a second 500 hour certification through Styles Yoga as well as participating in the Baptiste FIT to Lead program. She is fiercely dedicated to community and constantly cultivates an environment where students and teachers can grow and improve together. If you don’t know what we mean, check out Church on Saturdays at 9:30am at THYS in Clifton...more
This week's #TeacherFeature comes to us from lovely Saratoga Springs. Jen W is a talented instructor who teaches at The Hot Yoga Spot 6 days a week. When she's not on her yoga mat, you can find her spending quality time with her dog, Stella, or traveling with her husband and living it up in her favorite city, Las Vegas. She's living proof that great things come in tiny packages and the only thing more fierce than her fabulous hair is her Bikram practice. Not only is she a great instructor but she is also a fun loving,...more
Many people today have a desire to improve their level of physical fitness or to lose weight successfully. Of course, various forms of exercise can be extremely helpful for losing weight, becoming more fit, and improving existing health conditions. Hot yoga has become increasingly popular for assisting with weight loss in a low-impact, healthy way. So, what is hot yoga and how can it help you lose weight more effectively? We’ll address these questions in more detail below.
What is Hot Yoga?
Hot Yoga encompasses a variety of yoga types, including including hot...more
We are so excited to start showcasing a new #TeacherFeature every Monday so you can learn more about the talented instructors who make our community such a special place. To kick off our first teacher post, here's one of our very first students and very first instructors, Aaron. He became a regular client at our first location 7 years ago and quickly signed up for yoga training. Eager to teach, he messaged the studio applying for a job months before his training even began. We told him to wait and get back to us once it was completed so he did and the rest is history. Not only is he an...more
Taking your first class at The Hot Yoga Spot may seem a little intimidating, especially if you don't know what to expect. While our yoga instructors are trained to help beginners through their first yoga class, preparing for your class ahead of time can help you make the most out of the experience. Read on to see how to get ready for your first class at The Hot Yoga Spot, and sign up for our new client special today!
Plan Your Outfit
It's no surprise that during a hot yoga class, the temperatures will soar....more
The Africa Yoga Project HHH (Handstand, Hugs and Happiness) tour brings AYP to the U.S. twice a year. Instructors from Africa tour the country and lead community classes with the goal of sharing their energy and their mission of empowering change and hope. The fundraising effort enables AYP to continue sharing yoga and an enlightened way of life with their communities back in Kenya, across Africa and in the rest of the world.
I first learned about Africa Yoga Project in 2014 when I started practicing Baptiste Yoga. In 2015, I was fortunate enough to attend a class led by two AYP...more
As yoga continues to grow in popularity, there are still a number of people that wonder if yoga is something that is right for them. Any yoga teacher would tell you, “you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga; you have to do yoga to be flexible.” Still, the thought of needing to touch one’s toes or hold an inverted position seems too intimidating for some. The truth is, there are many different types of yoga and there is a style suitable for anyone willing to try.
The Hot Yoga Spot is all about community and we are committed to making the Capital Region a better and healthier place. That is why the month of September is all about you, your friends and your family members.
So many of our students have seen positive changes with their bodies and minds since becoming members at The Hot Yoga Spot. We appreciate that you always share your love of the studio with those you know. Now we will be thanking you for those referrals with studio credit and discounts. When you refer new clients during September, enjoy account credit for anything you purchase...more
ALBANY, NY – #YogaPalooza, the Capital Region’s first street-wide mass yoga event, will kick off Pearlpalooza on Saturday, September 16. The annual downtown Albany music festival will begin on a quieter note this year: before the alternative rock gets rolling, #YogaPalooza will offer a free 60-minute, all levels yoga session on N. Pearl Street in front of Pearlpalooza’s Remarkable Liquids Main Stage from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. #YogaPalooza is presented by Remarkable Liquids, The Hot Yoga Spot, Warehouse Wellness, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, WEQX and the Downtown Albany Business Improvement...more
The Hot Yoga Spot is excited to host our second annual Downward Dog Days of Summer contest. The rules are simple and the rewards are sweet.
Take 55 classes during the months of July & August to receive 10 free sessions to be used in September and a limited edition tank top. We host this annual contest every summer because it is the perfect way to stay motivated and fit during the warmer months.
You can attend class and participate at all five locations. There is no need to register in advance or fill out any forms. Simply send us an email once you have taken your 55th class...more
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first outdoor yoga fundraiser to #EndAlz. This special session took place on the lawn at Stuyvesant Plaza and was a celebration of international yoga day and the summer solstice. We had over 145 participants and raised over $3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. The Hot Yoga Spot loved hosting this fundraiser and coming together as a community for such a special event.
We want to extend a big thank you to our instructors for the evening, Amy, Kayla, Mary Beth, Melissa and Sheryl. We also want thank our partners; Alexander’s Bakery,...more
Where else around the Capital Region can you try this out? The Hot Yoga Spot studios frequently host these events. Their locations include Clifton Park, Saratoga, Latham, Albany and East Greenbush.
In February, they will have Yoga Brunch, which will be a two-hour gentle yoga session followed by mimosas and Bloody Marys. The studios are also starting a YogaLove class which will feature a live ukulele performance and a wine and chocolate, following a class…
Join some of your favorite instructors from The Hot Yoga Spot Saratoga, along with Lululemon and Marley Beverage Co. for summer yoga in the park. We are teaming up to bring you a series of fun afternoons that will be hosted at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs from 12-2 on Sunday July 10, 17, 24 and 31. The Hot Yoga Spot will be leading a free yoga class each Sunday from 12:30-1:30. Arrive at 12:00 to enjoy a lulu lemon trunk show with giveaways and free beverages and swag provided by Marley Beverage Co. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, so bring family and friends and enjoy some...more
Calling all yoga enthusiasts — get ready to namaste your way to good health and goodwill.
That's the idea behind a Yoga Reaches Out-inspired yogathon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Siena College's Marcelle Athletic Complex, 515 Loudon Road.
The event will feature all things yoga in an effort to raise money for the...more
MENANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Ready for a stretch? The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is hosting its first “Yoga with Cats” class.
Certified Yoga Instructor, Vicki Brignati contacted the shelter after hearing about a yoga with cats class. She is a yoga instructor and certified Reiki 1 practitioner. She has been teaching for seven years and teaches at The Hot Yoga Spot. She loves animals and is donating her time to teach this and future Meow-maste classes.
The Hot Yoga Spot is pleased to be offering March Madness for our fifth consecutive year. The contest is easy and the prizes are worth the effort. Select from the levels below and decide what you are competing for. Complete the classes in your chosen level each week (Sunday-Saturday). You are welcome to take more than one class each day, as long as you complete the correct number of classes each week. Pick up your official March Madness form at your next visit to The Hot Yoga Spot which has all guidelines for participants.
Every winter, I make it my fitness goal to have my BEST BODY YET! just in time for summer. Really, it’s my way to avoid becoming a slouch on the couch, something that is really easy to do when it’s brutally cold outside and you’d prefer to be in front of a TV under layers.
But since I discovered The Hot Yoga Spot five years ago, I’ve been successful at achieving this goal every year. Although I am at my strongest ever, I continue to make this studio chain my yoga and barre spot in the Capital Region.
From inventors and scientists to entrepreneurs and TV stars, the Capital Region has graduated many remarkable local, national and world talents. Here are some local college alumni that have made their mark and made us proud.
Jessica Lustig- University at Albany, class of 2009 & 2010 B.A., History & M.S., Social Studies Education.
At the age of 22, Lustig opened her own yoga studio in Stuyvesant Plaza soon after graduating college in late 2010. Today, The Hot Yoga Spot has three locations in the Capital Region and is a...more
“It just got to the point where I felt like it was chaos all the time,” Durkin says of her old life, which involved a full-time job in pharmaceutical sales while co-owning The Hot Yoga Spot in Clifton Park and teaching yoga classes. “I felt like I was never able to just be present, and you wake up and you’re thinking about things constantly and planning the next things … and I was just getting stressed out with it. … I really wanted to be able to focus more on one thing and do the thing I really enjoyed, which was running a business and teaching yoga.”
It has been Barre Fitness that has gotten me all excited about working out during this brutal Upstate New York winter. I have to give much credit to The Hot Yoga Spot in Stuyvesant Plaza and their awesome instructors: the studio is hot, the class is bootcamp-style, the instructors are fun and energetic, all of which are elements that make up the perfect winter class to get the summer body. When I was asked to appear on the fitness section of 518Life Magazine‘s March issue, I didn’t have to think...more
ERIE, N.Y. (WKBW) – These K9 officers will be looking sleek – and safe – in their new bullet- and stab-proof vests.
The Cannata Family Foundation of Foxboro, MA and The Hot Yoga Spot of Latham, NY donated the funds needed to buy vests for Bili, Lord and Cer of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.more
The Hot Yoga Spot is pleased to announce that we have been asked to partner with Athleta to promote their Store Opening Party at Crossgates Mall on September 15. Join Jessica, Andrea and Vicki from The Hot Yoga Spot for this special celebration as we welcome Athleta to the Capital Region. This two hour event will include live yoga demonstrations courtesy of our talented instructors, giveaways, prizes and of course, the latest in Athleta’s fitness fashion. The Hot Yoga Spot is overwhelmed to have been chosen to co-host the Athleta Store Opening Party and we hope to see all of our amazing...more
Located in Stuyvesant Plaza, The Hot Yoga Spot has two huge studios that are sound proof and insulated to give you a peaceful and uninterrupted yoga practice. They offer a wide array of classes at various times during the day, so you can be sure to find a class that suits your schedule.more
The Hot Yoga Spot continues to grow with an expansion at Stuyvesant Plaza in suburban Albany, New York. The yoga and fitness center expanded its front studio by 700 square feet, doubled the size of its locker and changing area and made other improvements, said Jessica Lustig, owner. The business now fills 3,300-square-feet at the upscale, outdoor shopping center in Guilderland.more
Jessica Lustig came to the Capital Region for the education and stayed to start her own business.
Lustig, 25, left Long Island after graduating from high school to attend the state University at Albany. She has a bachelor’s degree in European History and a master’s in education.
“I originally came to the area to attend college and I never left,” she says. “I love the relationships I have formed, the community I am a part of and the business I have...more
Your hamstrings aren’t happy with you. You’ve been at odds with them for a while. Isn’t that what running is about, pushing on when you think you have nothing left? Your mind and body spent the last 5 miles of that marathon scrapping it out, and those hamstrings, screaming though they were…more
Jessica Lustig, The Hot Yoga Spot’s owner, was named to the Albany Business Review’s 40 Under 40 for 2013. “I decided to take my passion for teaching and my love of hot yoga to create my own business and start my future,” Jessica says. Giving up her classroom ambitions was the toughest decision she has ever made. She says it was also her best.”more
“When you have that heat going, you’re sweating a ton,” says Jessica Lustig, owner of The Hot Yoga Spot. “People look like they just went swimming. They’re dripping sweat.” Doing yoga in a warm room makes good sense, Lustig says. It’s easier and safer to stretch the body when it’s warm and it enables people to get deeper into the poses. Heat also raises the heart rate, which increases the cardiovascular benefits of the exercise. But no matter how you exercise, Lustig says, “everybody equates sweating with a good workout..
The much anticipated announcement is here. The Business Review is proud to introduce this year’s 40 Under Forty. The class of 2013 is the latest group of young, ambitious professionals to be honored in a Capital Region tradition that dates back 14 years. A Business Review advisory board picked the latest 40 from more than 500 nominations.more
The Hot Yoga Spot, which offers yoga classes at temperatures up to 95 degrees, plans to open at Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland, New York. The business will nearly quadruple in size when it moves in September from Fuller Road to the outdoor shopping plaza. Jessica Lustig opened the business in December and quickly outgrew the space. The new location will expand the size to 2,707 square feet.more
It starts off at 90. It gets hotter. “Every single part of your body is strong,” the yoga instructor intoned it in a soothing voice. What a lovely thought. But by the fifteenth downward facing dog it sure didn’t feel true. Everyone looking backwards between their own legs could see me on my haunches, sitting this one out. Still, there’s something nice about a good sweat. I could feel it beading and rolling down the side of my face. It felt clean, somehow. Okay, water bottle down. Back into pose…