About Us

NOW Yoga and Fitness is dedicated to empowering individuals to enhance the quality of their lives through balance, awareness, instruction from fully certified, well-recognized teachers,  and state-of-the-art eco-design.   We offer expert, quality instruction in Yoga, Pilates, and conditioning classes.  Our studio features hot yoga, with infrared heating units to complement conventional heating, and ‘bright light’ seasonal affective disorder lighting manufactured by the Sunbox Company to brighten up the studio on overcast days.  Select classes feature the full array of lighting options available at our studio. It is our hope that students come to NOW Yoga and Fitness feeling they’ve entered a beautiful, peaceful sanctuary, and leave feeling part of a special community.

Starlight Studio

EACH OF NOW YOGA’S 6 ‘SUNSQUARE’ LIGHTS PROVIDEs 10,000 LUX AT A 27” DISTANCE FROM UNIT.

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER is a cyclic, seasonal condition. This means that signs and symptoms usually come back and go away at the same times every year. Usually, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the warmer, sunnier days of spring and summer.

- Mayo Clinic, 2011 

Between the 30th parallels (light gray), seasonal depression is almost unknown. Beyond them, rates increase towards the poles. Example: 1% in North Florida increasing to 10% in Alaska.

- Scientific American Mind. VOL15, No. 3, 2005

*Indicates Starlight is a class. Starlight classes features a full aray of our lighting options: seasonal affective disporder lighting and infared heating.

New England's Only Hot Yoga Studio With Therapeutic Lighting

Now Yoga & Fitness features a tastefully decorated, state-of-the-art hot yoga studio with cutting-edge technology that enhances the naturally restorative, energizing and spiritual benefits of yoga. Situated out of sight throughout the studio, each technological addition serves a crucial function that focuses and refines your practice—from the SunBox SunSquare+™ light therapy panels that combat the effects of reduced wintertime sunlight and seasonal depression (a hidden menace in northern climates) to the custom-built overhead infrared heaters that efficiently emit sun-like warmth (bringing a host of benefits such as detoxification and improved cardiovascular functioning) to the EdenPURE™ floor heaters that preserve oxygen and humidity (so you avoid feeling “dried out” after your hot yoga session).

The holistic fusion of nature and technology—the elemental and electronic—seamlessly integrates ancient and modern for an updated yet authentic hot yoga experience. A refuge from the sometimes harsh New England climate and the frantic pace of modern living, Now Yoga & Fitness offers a comforting recharge.


SunBox SunSquare+™ Light Therapy Panels:

Whether you’re easily affected by the “winter blues” or just tend to feel bummed by a 3pm sunset, SunBox SunSquare+™ light therapy panels are clinically proven to reduce the effects of decreased sunlight during the winter months, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)[1]. SAD is a cyclic, seasonal condition that usually appears during the fall and goes away during the spring, and consists of depression-like symptoms. Whether you believe you suffer from this condition or could just use a boost to your day, try it the natural light therapy way!

Benefits:

- Clinically proven [1] to help alleviate the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and sub-clinical effects from limited sunlight exposure.

- Naturally balances mood by mimicking natural sunlight.

- Energizes you for the rest of your day.

 

[1] Sources: “Light Therapy”, Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/light-therapy/MY00195


EdenPURE™ Floor Heaters:

Intro:

Ever notice how dried out you feel after a hot yoga session or visit to the sauna? That’s because most conventional heating systems deplete the air of oxygen and humidity, leaving your pores leached of liquid and your sinuses dry and stuffy. With state of the art EdenPURE™ floor heaters, you’ll never have to suffer from dehydrated skin and sinuses again, yet will still enjoy the benefits of hot yoga environment.

Benefits:

- Avoid the drying effects of reduced oxygen and humidity that plague other kinds of heating.

- Breathe in fresh air cleansed of microbes by the heater’s anti-microbial copper heating element.

Special thanks to Fred Jordan Design for creative contributions to our lighting, heating, and media systems.

Studio Environment/Location

Located in the heart of College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, on eclectic Thayer Street, Now Yoga & Fitness is conveniently located near Brown University and RISD, as well as Wayland Square. In a beautifully-renovated space with giant sun-filled windows and rich wood paneling, NYF serves yogis and yoginis of all ages.

 

We are Beings of Light

What does it mean to be a “Being of Light”? Ancient cultures throughout the world recognized a subtle form of energy that not only permeates the universe, but the human body itself, as a microcosm of that universe. Referred to by various names depending on the culture, such as prana (India), qi (China), ki (Japan), winds (Tibet), and neuman (Ancient Greece), in its purest form, this energy is light. And so, as literally being of light, it is our birthright to remember what these ancient cultures discovered to be our true nature. Recognizing the healing, vitalizing, and spiritual potentials of this energy, they all developed practices to restore, build, and develop it for healing reasons.

Yoga, of course, is one of those ancient traditions that includes not only physical movement and breathing forms called asanas, but also methods of study, meditation, and virtuous conduct. But don’t think you need to join an ashram to begin tapping into your own light and getting the benefits of this energy. At Now Yoga & Fitness, we provide the suitable environment and instruction you need to shine!