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Char Daigle Flows Yoga Into Hartsdale

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – When Char Daigle moved to New York City in 1991, she thought she would need a gun to keep her safe and yoga to combat stress.

While she practiced at home, her love of yoga flourished in 1993 when her then-boyfriend – now-husband, Ravi Malhotra, invited her to his yoga class. Daigle became a certified yoga instructor in 1996, and recently opened The Yoga Station in Hartsdale.

"It's surprising to me how many yogis are here," she said. "It's been wonderful to meet people outside of Scarsdale, where I used to teach. The business of yoga attracts good people."

The Yoga Station teaches 23 classes per week. Daigle and Malhotra center their practice around two styles of yoga: Vinyasa and Hatha. Vinyasa focuses on the breath, the movement and "letting go of what you don't need to hold on to in the studio and in life," said Daigle. Hatha is good for beginners looking for something restorative.

"I really enjoy helping people feel free in their bodies," said Daigle. "If you can practice the art of being free in the yoga studio, then you can practice that outside of the studio, too."

While yoga might make someone's body firmer, Daigle said, the practice is more about being practical and finding how it helps people in their daily lives.

"People feel less stress," she said. "Their environment hasn't changed, but their reaction to it has. And that can feel really powerful and like you're more in charge. The only thing that we have control over is our response to what's out there."

Yoga Station is located at 221 E. Hartsdale Ave., across from the Hartsdale train station's parking garage.

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