The East End Summer Shape-Up


Whatever your pleasure—Yoga, Hot Yoga, Pilates—there’s a place to relax, revitalize and reenergize the body and soul on the East End.

Aerial Fitness and Hot Yoga Studio
With TRX, kettle bells, warrior ropes, aerial yoga and more, Aerial Fitness and Hot Yoga Studio in Riverhead is the only local studio with silks, says owner April Yakoboski. “Younger people enjoy the aerial silks, which are very elegant, cool, while older people like Aerial Yoga since it’s therapeutic for their spines and muscles.” New this summer, they are partnering with Adventure Paddleboard in Hampton Bays to offer Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga. The Riverhead Pilates Studio, directed by Dan’s Papers 2012 Best of the Best Pilates Teacher winner Vivian Piccone, is also housed at Aerial Fitness and Hot Yoga Studio. More info at

Erika Bloom Pilates
With a studio in East Hampton and a new one added in Southampton for the season, Erika Bloom Pilates offers classical Pilates as well as contemporary options with complementary modalities like holistic counseling, acupuncture and Thai yoga massage. “Pilates reshapes the body by addressing weaknesses and imbalances while lengthening and aligning the body,” says owner Erika Bloom. “It improves posture and biomechanics, making you look and feel better while truly improving your body for long-term, lasting benefits.” More info at

The Giving Room
Winner of Dan’s Papers Best of the Best Yoga Studio and Best Instructor, the Giving Room in Southold offers Vinyasa yoga classes for all levels, with special yoga, meditation and related workshops offered this summer. The Giving Room’s paddle yoga classes celebrate the natural resources of the Hamptons and the North Fork. More info at

Hamptons Hot Yoga
Offering hot yoga and Vinyasa yoga, Hamptons Hot Yoga in Bridgehampton stresses personal attention and classes for different levels of yogis with an eye toward improving mental clarity, vitality and overall well-being. Says Yoga Director Lienette Crawfoord, “Sharing the mind-body connection with others is an incredible gift.” More info at

In Balance Studio
A Dan’s Papers Best of the Best winner, In Balance Studio in Sag Harbor offers small group Tower, Reformer and Mat classes in addition to individual and semi-private instruction (with in-home and special event workouts available upon request). Pilates combines stretching with resistance to tone the body’s muscle groups and make you feel “revitalized, relaxed and confident,” says director Lesa Silvano. “This workout isn’t sweat, strain and building bulky muscles. It’s about long, lean core strength.” Find more information at

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