Yoga Verona


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Feeling tight? Or just craving a relaxing space in your hectic day? You don’t need to travel over the border into Montclair for your yoga fix anymore: Verona is now a hotbed of yoga options. Two local studios, Younique on Bloomfield Avenue near its intersection with Mt. Prospect, and Grace Yoga, in the Webster Commons office complex on Grove near Ozone, offer a full menu of yoga options, from hot yoga to Hatha yoga, Pilates to yoga for kids, even a  class called “The Chi of Beauty.”

Grace Yoga: 271 Grove Avenue, Building C, Suite 4. Phone: 973-433-7491. Grace Yoga just celebrated its second anniversary in Verona. Classes here are taught in the Anusara style, a branch of yoga that focuses on alignment as well as the spiritual and meditative postures of Hatha yoga. “This type of yoga is  a little slower so you can practice in the most optimal way,” says owner Donna Scro. “It’s very instructional and great for those recovering from injuries. But it’s also playful and spiritual.” Check the online schedule for options that range from intro to basic, intermediate and advanced. The studio also offers Pilates classes and yoga for kids. “The Chi of Beauty” runs May 20 through June 30th for 2 hours a week ($150) and promises “5 years younger in 5 weeks.” Drop-in prices are $17 for adults and $14 for students and seniors; discounted class cards are also available. The studio offers an introductory special of $40 for 3 classes or $100 for 10.  Newcomers take their first class for free.

Younique Yoga: 201 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 15. Phone: 973-239-4242.  Younique’s Verona location opened in September. Its instructors specialize in  Vinyasa yoga, which seeks to connect and energize static yoga postures through breathing, in a room heated to 97.8 degrees. According to manager Jennifer Scheffler, practicing yoga in a hot environment opens both the chakras and the muscular/skeletal system and helps eliminate toxins to rebuild the body from old injuries. Younique offers monthly specials; this month, all classes are $10. Ordinarily, individual classes are $17 each; discounted cards are also available with 25 or more classes for $12 each class.The studio will also be offering a kids’ class in September which parents can attend along with their child for $17 for both.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected].


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