We can all agree that there are many wonderful benefits to be gained from regular yoga practice, from gentle exercise to stress relief and improved mental health. It’s a wonderful way to increase self-awareness and boost your strength, balance, and flexibility.
However, using yoga for recovery when you’re sick may be a new concept for some. Let’s take a look at how yoga can make a difference in ailment recovery, and which poses may be...more
Perhaps you’ve been practicing yoga for years, or maybe just a few months. Either way, there’s no doubt that you’re noticing all sorts of positive effects! You’re probably feeling more energized, grounded, stronger, and lighter.
Having experienced all these amazing benefits, it’s no wonder that you are interested in learning more about the yoga lifestyle. Outside of regular yoga practice, the yoga lifestyle can influence all aspects of...more
Read an interview with owner of The Hot Yoga Spot, Jessica Fuller, about how COVID-19 has impacted her businesses and others. Click here to read the article online or below to download the PDF.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.
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...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...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.
Whether you live in a studio apartment in Seattle, WA or a large home in Dallas, TX, all you need is a little space and some calming...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...more
Albany County officials and community partners create $500,000 grant program for small businesses.
Watch The Hot Yoga Spot Founder, Jessica Fuller, speak about what this means for small business and how it inspires hope for better things to come in 2021.
It’s time to talk about morning routines.
We know how easy it can be to hit that snooze button, roll out of bed at the last minute, and head to work without taking much time to take care of yourself before starting your day. While it may be a way for you to get a few more minutes of sleep, it is also an easy way to add more stress to your day.
Today, we will be going over a few healthy habits to incorporate into your morning...more
August is upon us, and with the craziness that has come with COVID-19, it can be easy to feel lost and unsure of the future holds. That is why we decided to center today’s post on tips for creating a simple and effective 7-day yoga challenge that you can continue using for weeks afterward to further your practice, relax your body and mind, and feel better knowing that you are committing to a plan that is beneficial to your health during an...more
When it comes to finding an exercise that is simple to do and only requires a quality pair of shoes, running is the perfect solution. Not only is it a great way to get fit, but it also gets a great, feel-good boost of endorphins flowing and allows you to form new relationships with other runners. Oftentimes, the most difficult part of running is figuring out where to begin — which is what we will be covering in today’s post.
Read on to...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....more
Taking care of yourself is always important, but with the world having to completely change the way it operates with the outbreak of COVID-19, it is crucial that we take the time out of our days to take care of ourselves and listen to our bodies and minds.
For many of us, this abrupt pandemic also caused us to lose the place where we would go to treat our bodies and minds with love and respect — the yoga studio. One day we were doing...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...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...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...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.
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...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...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...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....more
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:
‘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,...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...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:
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...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...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.
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...more
"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,...more
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...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...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...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...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...more
"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...more
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...
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...more
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...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...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...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...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...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...more
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...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...more
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...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 Region
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...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...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...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
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...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.
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....more
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.
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...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...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...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.
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.
SEPTEMBER 22 & 23, 2018
- free classes on 9/22
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...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...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...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.
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...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
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:
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...more
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...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...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...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...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...
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...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...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...more
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...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...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.
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...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...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...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...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...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...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...more
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...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...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,...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...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...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...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...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...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...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...more
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...more
Did you know that negative thoughts and feelings distort the shape of water crystals? Positive thoughts and emotions such as love and happiness...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...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...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...more
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...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...more
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...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...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...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...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...more
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....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...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...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...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...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.
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...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
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...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...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...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...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...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...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...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...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...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.
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...more
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...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...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...more
Each month, thousands of newly trained yoga instructors register with the Yoga Alliance Registry.
According to the Alliance, the largest nonprofit association to represent the yoga community, for every yoga teacher, there are two students interested in teaching yoga...
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...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,...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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...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.
The Hot Yoga Spot in Latham held the first Baptiste yoga class in 95 degree heat Tuesday morning at the newest and largest class space yet for the yoga and fitness company. “For now, we’re making Latham as strong as it can be and then seeing what area calls to us,” Lustig says.
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...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.
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...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…
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.”
“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...more
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.
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.
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...more