Yoga for Every Body   

the Universal Yoga Center 

Welcome to The Universal Yoga Center!

FIRST CLASS IS FREE


We located in a beautiful expanded new space at 3985 Oneida Street,  Suite 101 in New Hartford (Washington Mills). Visit our website often as new information is added all of the time. We know that every"body" is unique and want you to feel comfortable to "come as you are." Our instructors are specialized to help you with adjusting your practice in ways that fit your needs as an individual.

"I have been a student at Universal for over 10 years. I've tried other classes in the area and they cannot compare to the environment and experience they offer. Barb and Audrey are always there to address any concerns I have during class and really care for their students."  - Val Cognetto


What is Yoga?


The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. It is a derivation of the word yuj, which means yoking, as in a team of oxen. In contemporary practice, this is often interpreted as meaning union. Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit.

How can this union be achieved? Meditation is one way, but sometimes it is necessary to prepare the body for meditation by stretching and building strength. This is the physical practice of yoga, also know as asana. 


Why do Yoga?


It seems like every time I turn around there is a new study coming out about the benefits of yoga. There are so many benefits that it would take the whole page to list them. Each yoga pose (asana) also has a numerous amount of benefits itself! So it seems as if the benefits are endless.


About Yoga Poses

Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement (vinyasa-style yoga) or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the yoga tradition in which the teacher has trained.


Anyone Can Do Yoga!


Yoga teachers will often refer to "your practice," which means your individual experience with yoga as it develops over time. The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, so it never gets boring. Although the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them will. Anyone can start a yoga practice, even if you don't feel like you are very flexible or very strong. These things will improve the longer you practice. Another great thing about thinking about "your practice" is that it encourages the noncompetitive spirit of yoga. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about yoga is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Everyone is just doing their best on any given day.


Which Class Is Best For Me?


In addition to practicing the poses, yoga classes may also include instruction on breathing, meditation, or an inspirational reading by the teacher. The variety and amount of this will depend on the individual teacher and the yoga style in which he or she is trained. We offer a variety of classes and styles so that you can find one that will honor your body and beliefs. Some people find that the physical practice of yoga becomes a gateway into a spiritual exploration, while others just enjoy a wonderful low-impact workout that makes them feel great. Whatever your tendency, you will be able to find a yoga class that suits your style.


Spinal Unwinding Yoga

Reduce everyday aches and pains by unwinding mentally and physically. Created by Audrey to stretch and strengthen your body while relaxing your mind.

UYC Owners past & present

 Barbara Hays-Klein & Audrey Ventura

We focus on finding each individuals inner beauty

We offer numerous classes for different ages such as Senior Yoga, Chair Yoga, Beginners Yoga, Prenatal Yoga & more.