Yoga is one of the world's oldest forms of exercise, second only to holding the earth on your shoulders. Practice ancient and contemporary athleticism with today's Groupon for yoga and Pilates to Ananda Shala in Frederick, Maryland. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get 5 yoga or Pilates mat classes (up to a $65 value).
- For $49, you get 10 yoga or Pilates mat classes (up to a $120 value).
Ananda, meaning bliss, and Shala, meaning a place of learning, has a band of certified yoga and Pilates teachers who help students sculpt, tone, and stretch mind and body during a variety of yoga and Pilates classes within a studio made serene by cream walls, large windows, and meditative sculptures. The studio's schedule boasts classes that range in style and difficulty to accommodate practitioners of all experience levels, including newbies, who can get acquainted with foundational Pilates moves during beginners Pilates mat classes. During Pilates sessions, students perform a sequence of efficient floor exercises to help tone limbs while toughening cores into sturdy organ armor. Hot-yoga classes reach heated temperatures above 90 degrees to help muscles sink into deep stretches and promote the eviction of unhealthy toxins, and Friday evenings' energizing, flow-based classes infuse yoga practice with upbeat music to prepare bodies for weekend revelry.
Though Ananda Shala sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Over her 15 years as a fitness instructor, Ananda Shala's owner, Aimee Firor McBride developed a special passion for yoga and Pilates. Her love of the practice led her to India, and into the studios of renowned teachers such as Shiva Rea during her more than 500 hours of teacher studies. She draws upon this experience as she helms a coterie of certified instructors who lead groups through classes and workshops. On hardwood floors flooded with natural sunlight, instructors guide students through Prana Flow Vinyasa yoga for all levels, hot yoga in an 80- to 90-degree room, and meditation classes.
In addition to yoga, instructors also teach Pilates, including mat classes, sessions that integrate weights and strength training, and machines that help lengthen and strengthen muscles. During private sessions they help students work on individual needs or master a specific technique such as folding laundry with their feet. Corporate workshops help business people soothe their minds during stressful situation, and special events such as yoga parties and classes for kids and teens explore yoga in a fun environment.