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We know how easy it is to sprint home after a long day of work or classes, throw on some sweatpants, and eat all the carbs. Which is why we’re always in search of a unique, fun workout experience. One type that is suitable for almost anyone: yoga. Western New York offers a wide variety of yoga classes – from basics to aerial, there’s likely a studio near you that can accommodate your age and level.
We came up with the ultimate guide to yoga studios that offer unique classes that will
probably, maybe ~totally~ make it worth leaving your house. So grab your workout buddy and try one of the many yoga studios WNY has to offer.
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1. Shine Yoga
266 Buffalo Street, Hamburg, NY 14075 / WEBSITE
Shine Yoga WNY offers an assortment of classes that change seasonally and vary in style. They provide traditional Hatha classes, fast-paced vinyasa, anatomy-focused, power, restorative, meditation, beginners, and everything in between. At Shine, you are bound to find something suitable for your comfort level.
The studio offers Buti Yoga that takes place every third Friday of the month. Buti, in Indian Marathi, means “the cure to something hidden or kept secret.” This practice is a high-intensity fusion of yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics. The class combines cardio, strength training, and flexibility in one seamless format. Buti creates a strong, empowered group that resembles a tribe.
Another perk is that this studio is conveniently located In the village of Hamburg, so you can grab a coffee, snack, or meal after your killer workout session!
2. Power Yoga Buffalo
758 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY / 4575 Main Street, Snyder, NY / WEBSITE
With 3 convenient locations around WNY, Power Yoga Buffalo challenges you to push yourself to be the best that you can be. You are always welcome, regardless of your skill level. PYB offers an assortment of heated, and non-heated classes for beginners and those who are more advanced.
They also offer a few specialty classes that are worth checking out! One of our favorite classes that PYB offers is Karma Classes. The instructors donate their time to teach these classes, and all of the money raised goes to a different charity each month. This is perfect for those who may be a little intimated to start their yoga journey because it gives you the opportunity to test your skill level, and the cost of the class goes to an amazing organization. You’re in charge of determining your desired donation, but the studio encourages a $5.00 minimum!
PYB also offers the perfect class for those of you who really want to let loose and have fun with your workout. PYBeats is a traditional PYB 60 flow, but with a twist! Each class is set to hip hop beats, but pre-warning, the lyrics may get a little explicit.
3. Evolation Yoga Buffalo
476 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo NY / WEBSITE
Fun fact about Evolation Yoga Buffalo: They were the first studio to bring Bikram’s yoga method to WNY according to their website. This historic studio is centrally located in Buffalo’s West Side. Evolation Yoga Buffalo offers a wide variety of hot yoga classes that range from different temperatures and durations. Perfect for sweating out these winter blues. Although this studio takes pride in their Bikram sessions, they also offer class options for those who prefer room temperature yoga, including a Still 30 meditation class that immediately follows each Warm 60 class. Don’t worry, drop-ins are always welcome for those who just want to come and meditate.
4. Raw Renewal Yoga
17 Court Street Buffalo, NY 14204 / WEBSITE
Raw Renewal prides themselves on creating a warm and welcoming environment for anyone that walks through their door. They focus on healing the mind, body, and soul through consistent practice, focus, and love for yourself.
Raw Renewal offers classes that are open to all levels such as Flow, but they also offer an assortment of unique classes that focus on muscle toning and weight training. HotCore is a 30-minute class, broken into pre-sequenced sets to maximize muscle toning, look and, functionality. The class is done in socks to facilitate fluid “drag” or friction creating resistance. This class will totally take you outside of your yoga comfort zone!
The studio also offers Fit Flow classes for those that want to spice up their yoga routine. Fit Flow uses free weights to challenge you in each yoga pose and adds in calisthenic training to intensify your practice. Plus the class types that set this studio apart are their Buti and Buti Flow offerings – a “calorie scorching workout that fuses power yoga with cardio intensive, body sculpting, primal movement”.
5. One Yoga
Lewiston, NY 14092 / WEBSITE
For our adventure enthusiasts, we have the perfect place for you! One Yoga is rooted in nature, outside the confines of one studio. This is serious business; we’re talking about traveling yoga. This yoga experience offers scenic adventures, group classes, and private instruction throughout WNY. Visit their website to find out where the next class is happening.
6. Love in Motion Yoga
1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY / WEBSITE
If you enjoy a serious workout, but still enjoy having fun while doing so, Love in Motion is the studio for you! Their mission: harmonize groovy, laid back vibes with intelligent, kind and constructive asana practice to create an inclusive (and possibly sticky, sweaty) total body and mind experience. The instructors are down to earth and welcoming to every person that walks through their doors. Aside from the many unique Vinyasa classes the studio offers, they also provide many exclusive classes that stand out from your traditional yoga studio.
One notably unique class they offer is Khalsa Way: Prenatal Yoga. Khalsa means “pure” in Gurmukhi. This practice was developed by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and based on Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. It is not a modified yoga practice, rather very specific “birth yoga” designed to support a woman throughout her nine months of pregnancy as she experiences the enormous physical, emotional and spiritual changes that prepare her to create and welcome another human being into the world.
7. Heart Fire Yoga
442 Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / WEBSITE
The goal of Heart Fire Yoga is to prioritize the needs of people of color, LGBTQ+, women, and those affected by trauma and addiction. This welcoming studio makes sure to keep all body types in mind when designing their classes!
Besides the heated and unheated classes they offer, Heart Fire Yoga offers monthly workshops and events, guest speakers, and is a space for community gatherings. One event they’ve had in the past to keep on your radar is YoGay. This monthly series is educational and workshop-oriented. Students will experience yoga through practice and hands-on experience, as well as, through lecture. All levels are welcome to attend!
8. I Am Yoga Buffalo
5459 Main Street 2nd Floor, Williamsville, NY 14221 / WEBSITE
I Am Yoga Buffalo, located in Williamsville is bringing the heat with hot yoga. Each room is heated to levels reaching as high as 108 degrees. Hot yoga is proven to improve flexibility while at the same time, lowering stress and enhancing one’s overall health.
Sounds interesting but maybe you’ve never tried it? No worries, they offer classes for all different skill levels. Their options consist of hot 26/2, forrest and vinyasa classes. 26/2 is a challenging 90 minute practice that improves physical strength, flexibility and balance while enhancing mental clarity and focus. It consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises performed in a heated room. Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. Vinyasa Flow yoga is powerful, energetic and playful. Each class has a strong emphasis on breath and allows beginners, intermediate and advanced students to be challenged at the same time. Just remember that with these classes being as hot as they are, hydration before and after a session is crucial.
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This post was originally published in February 2019 and has been updated.