Yoga in Canandaigua

About Our Yoga Program

Zoe Fackelman began her yoga in Canandaigua experience at age 10 in preparation to become a cheerleader at St. Lawrence School in Greece, NY. She continued practicing yoga through grammar school, high school at Cardinal Mooney and at Ithaca College.  Zoe’s Pranayama practice strengthened during her senior year of college at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY!

Yoga for Zoe is about quieting her mind, looking within and practicing asana (poses and postures) as a distraction to the hustle bustle of life. “My yoga practice is an opportunity to slow down and express my gratitude for our many blessings.”

Managing chronic spinal pain from a work-related injury in addition to a persistently tight calf and thigh muscles has enabled Zoe to appreciate the challenges others may have with a yoga practice. She is an avid golfer, gardener, and alpine skier and enjoys snowshoeing, slalom water skiing, hiking, biking, and boating.  Coupled with her degree and experience as an orthopedic, sports, TMJ, vestibular, perinatal and pelvic floor physical therapist, Zoe combines her medical expertise with her Iyengar yoga teacher training to customize a practice suitable for any health issue, personal goal or physical concern or limitation related to activities of daily living, recreation or sport.


Yoga is a comprehensive system of techniques that benefit your well-being on all levels. Yoga can benefit your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The different postures and breathing exercises of yoga are designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. Yoga performed at Lake Country Physical Therapy will benefit your fitness levels, stress levels, peace of mind, and spiritual growth. If you’re looking to get grounded by yoga teachers or just looking for yoga in Canandaigua or yoga classes this weekend contact us today!

What are the different types of yoga?

Practicing yoga will provide numerous health benefits to improve your overall quality of life. The science of yoga divides the day into four parts: Brahma Muhurta, Sunrise, Noon, and Sunset. Sunrise or sunset is considered a good time to improve your physical well-being. The most common forms of yoga include:

    • Hatha – Combines basic movements with breathing.
    • Vinyasa – A series of smoothly flowing poses that seamlessly transition together.
    • Power – An intense muscle building practice.
    • Bikram – Known as hot yoga and uses challenging poses in a high-temperature room. 

Eat, Sleep, Breathe, Yoga.

Yoga does much more than just burn calories and tone muscles. Yoga in Canandaigua is a full body workout that combines stretching and strengthening, with breathing and relaxation. Yoga can assist with pain management and body awareness to raise your body’s overall health. If you’re practicing yoga, there are plenty of benefits:

  • Improves flexibility – Improving your flexibility will relieve aches and pains in your body. Improving hip flexibility will decrease knee strain and correct alignment in the thigh and shin bones. Loosening your hamstrings will reduce the chances of back pain caused by the flattening of the lumbar spine.
  • Corrects posture – Yoga will correctly balance your head over your spine making it easier for your neck and back muscles to support your head. Poor posture can lead to flattening the curves in your neck and degenerative arthritis.
  • Reduces cartilage breakdown –  Every yoga session done at our yoga in Rochester NY, takes your joints through a full range of motion. By working areas of cartilage that aren’t typically used, you can prevent those areas from wearing out.
  • Protects your spine – The forward, backward, and twisting movements of yoga keep your spinal discs moving, which benefits your nerves. These movements prevent herniations and compressions in your spine.
  • Increases blood flow – Relaxation exercises at yoga in Canandaigua or our gym in Canandaigua NY, to increase your blood circulation. Yoga increases oxygen into your cells which increases their functionality. Twisting poses push oxygenated blood into your back when the twist is released. Inverted poses move blood back to the heart where it can become oxygenated.

If you or someone you know is interested in yoga in Canandaigua at Lake Country Physical Therapy, contact us today.  

Conditions Yoga Can Help Treat

Heart health

We take heart health very seriously at our yoga in Canandaigua sessions at Lake Country Physical Therapy and Sportscare. Along with yoga, we like to express other ways of staying in shape and healthy.

Exercise is very important for everyone, especially if you want to lose weight or are trying to get in better shape. You do not need to do all that much just to stay healthy and keep your heart beating strong. Daily exercise is always recommended, and the American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 times a week. For most people that would be a challenge to do; with work and doing your other daily tasks, it might seem like you have no time. It doesn’t have to be 30 minutes all at once if it makes it easier for you to break the time up. 10 minutes of exercise in the morning, 10 on your lunch break, and 10 at night is just one solution that could work for people.

If you don’t know how you plan on exercising just yet, you could always start with walking to get healthy. Walk around the block before work, on your break, or later in the evening. It is easy and something everyone is familiar with, plus walking shouldn’t be too stressful on your heart. After all, walking is at a nice relaxed pace, and maybe down the line, you could start jogging!

Diet is also just as important when talking about heart health. Stay away from fatty foods or items high in cholesterol. If you are craving something sweet, go with fruit instead of candy as it is healthier and will fill your sugar craving. Another important thing would be to limit your sodium intake. Too much salt will raise your blood pressure and can cause harm later on down the road.

Blood pressure is a key factor when discussing heart health. You do not want your blood pressure to be too high as it can put you at risk of heart disease or a heart attack. People with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and are 3 times more likely to die from heart disease when compared to people with normal blood pressure. The scary thing about having high blood pressure is that there are rarely any signs or symptoms, which is why you should have your blood pressure checked regularly. If you or someone you know has high blood pressure, ask your doctor about medication, and take it as directed. If you are a smoker, quit immediately! If not, then don’t ever start because it will only damage your heart.

There are a lot of things one can do to manage heart risk:

    • Exercise
    • Eat healthier
    • Manage blood pressure
    • Lose weight
    • Reduce sugar
    • Stop smoking

Changing your lifestyle can be a challenge, but if you have a strong support system and are doing the right things, the change will better your life. If you’re heart healthy, perhaps you could inspire others to get healthy as well. Heart health is important and it will help ensure that you have a nice, long, healthy life.

For continued help in staying heart healthy, be sure to partake in yoga in Canandaigua at Lake Country Physical Therapy & Sportscare. We are happy to help you every step of the way.

How do I Know if my Back Pain is Serious?

Debilitating back pain can cause immense pain and affect daily tasks. Whether the pain is severe or mild, our yoga in Naples NY, can help manage the pain. You can greatly benefit from physical therapy if you are experiencing any back pain. Physical therapy helps people of all ages who have injuries that limit their ability to move or function.

What type of Yoga is Best for Back Pain?

The goals of our yoga in Canandaigua are to decrease pain, relax patients, and inform our patients on maintenance programs to prevent further complications. Mixed with our yoga program, our physical therapy for back pain involves both passive and active physical therapy. Passive physical therapy includes heating and icing the affected area, iontophoresis, and ultrasounds. Active physical therapy involves actual exercises to work the muscles in the affected area. Our physical therapists will perform and teach the patients stretching for back pain exercises.

There are many benefits of physical therapy and yoga. These benefits include:

  • Helping to reduce or eliminate pain – the exercises and manual therapy techniques can help relieve the pain as well as prevent them from reoccurring.
  • Improving mobility – if you are having difficulty standing, walking, or moving, physical therapy can be beneficial for you. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help build up the muscles and restore your ability to move.
  • Avoiding surgery – sometimes physical therapy can make surgery-related injuries a non-issue. If physical therapy helps eliminate the pain completely, surgery may not be needed.

Here at Lake Country Physical Therapy & Sportscare, we understand that back pain can affect your daily activities; that is why we are eager to help. Our facility offers many treatment techniques, including manual therapies, as well as spinal decompression to help with back pain. Every patient’s pain differs, that is why our yoga in Rochester NY, can help you!

Balance / Vertigo

Vertigo is the sensation of moving around in space, not lightheadedness or dizziness as it might commonly be known as.  Vertigo is caused when your equilibrium is thrown off, which is a part of your vestibular system. Did you know that yoga is an excellent option for those suffering from vertigo because of the treatment options it can offer? At Lake County Physical Therapy, we have the right yoga in Canandaigua that can offer treatment for vertigo and get you recovered.

By working with our yoga in Naples NY, you’ll work to develop a treatment plan that is based on your individual conditions and needs. Our staff will offer balance corrective and strengthening exercises. Some of these exercises may focus on stabilization and helping strengthen your ability to stand and walk, while others may focus on improving vision and the ability of your eyes to focus. Both of these exercises are important because vertigo can affect the body in a variety of ways. In combination with these exercises, we may also recommend exercises that improve your flexibility, strength, and overall health visit our yoga classes this weekend.


Yoga in Canandaigua can treat vertigo through balance exercises and correcting head positions.  The most common form of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This is a non-recurrent or progressive form of vertigo and is caused when the crystals in the inner ear are dislodged. With the help our yoga in Canandaigua, they can help reset these crystals back into the proper position into where they belong through a series of quick head positioning techniques.

Yoga is an effective and proven option for treating vertigo. Through the use of corrective strategies and other methods, Zoe can help fix your balance and vision issues. Lake Country Physical Therapy and our yoga in Canandaigua can help you today. If you’d like to make an appointment with, contact us today.

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