Samadhi Yoga Syracuse has seen growth since opening in March
LIVERPOOL – When Samadhi Yoga Syracuse opened at 101 1st St. in the village of Liverpool in March 2021, owner Bridgette Maney only brought two people to the studio’s first class. On a recent Sunday, she looked out of her office window and saw 15.
“I can’t say enough about the area and the people of central New York City,” she said in an interview with CNYBJ of the support she received. “They were my greatest cheerleader ever.”
Originally from the Binghamton area, Maney returned to CNY at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to help her sister – Maureen Maney, partner at the personal injury law firm Greene Reid & Pomeroy, PLLC – in Liverpool with his son after leaving distance schools.
Bridgette lived in New York and continues to work remotely as a publicist for ABC – working on shows such as “American Idol”, “Jeopardy!” and “The Conners” – and at Robin Roberts ‘Rock n’ Robin Productions. She also worked on “Good Morning America” and the final season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Now, however, Maney is a full time resident of Liverpool and happy to be here.
“I showed up with a backpack, I thought I would be here for three weeks,” Maney jokes. It was spring 2020. She had been practicing yoga for 20 years and had private clients in New York. So when she saw the “For Rent” sign on the 2,500 square foot space at 101 1st St. in the village of Liverpool – a space that her sister told her was previously a yoga studio – Maney says she “jumped in Faith”.
Maney’s experience in public relations helped her with the launch of Samadhi Yoga, but she says many of her outreach programs – like free classes in Washington Park during the summer months – were motivated more by “[feeling] really strongly about making yoga accessible to anyone who wants to try it.
Maney says it was difficult to grow his business early on thanks to occupancy restrictions linked to COVID-19. But after adding the neighboring unit for more studio space and offering virtual sessions, she says she was able to grow the studio’s customer base, which has been “very exciting.” She adds that most members now come to classes in person, of course following applicable national and local guidelines on masks and other safety measures.
While Maney is the sole employee of Samadhi, four other instructors run classes and sessions, including vinyasa and gentle yoga, as well as massage therapy, astrology and tarot card readings, and Reiki, a practical Japanese healing technique. In vinyasa-style yoga, students move from pose to pose in a class that is more intense in movement than gentle yoga, which, according to Samadhi’s Facebook page, is “the emphasis.[ed] on breathing and stretching.
Maney and the Samadhi instructors have worked to develop new courses and programs such as meditation and sound journeys. Samadhi also hosted a “holiday pop-up shop” on December 12, when members of the studio with side activities – ranging from photography to jewelry making to candle making – set up temporary shops at the interior of the studio. The event was free for vendors and open to the public.
Programs like the Pop-Up Shop and Yoga in the Park stem from Maney’s deep appreciation for the local community. “I’m so excited to be in downtown New York, and I’m just blown away by the support,” she said, adding, “we plan to be here for a very long time.”
Classes at Samadhi Yoga Syracuse take place every day of the week except Tuesday. Yoga classes cost $ 15 each. according to its website, but course packages as well as monthly and annual subscriptions are available. A one-year unlimited subscription costs $ 80 per month.