Sun salutations are a necessary ritual that keeps our solar body from growing angry and burning libelous graffiti on the Hubble telescope. Help keep cosmic peace with today’s Groupon to Dharma Studio in Coconut Grove. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get five yoga classes (a $75 value).
- For $35, you get one month of unlimited yoga classes (a $155 value).
Dharma Studio's staff of instructors guides students through a plethora of physically invigorating class styles geared to beginning and experienced students. The studio’s accommodating schedule includes Anusara sessions, where instructors teach sequences of poses that focus on proper spinal alignment and focused concentration to increase body awareness. During Vinyasa classes, instructors guide pupils l through a dynamic series of poses, moving from one asana to the next with controlled movements and measured breathing exercises or a whistled glissando. Students in Yin yoga massage their joints' connective tissues with deep, sustained poses, using gravity and props to facilitate the more challenging stretches.
Dharma Studio co-owner Loree Shrager discovered the healing power of yoga after suffering from severe scoliosis and back pain. Through gentle stretching and gradual strengthening, she was able to carve out periods of relief in her life. Today, she uses her PhD in clinical psychology, her work as a therapist, and her experiences as a mother to inform her teaching. The other half of the Dharma Studio foundation, Natalie Morales, emphasizes self-discovery during her classes, which range from lighthearted Funyasa to challenging yet deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra sessions. Together, the duo promotes a family and community vibe—their children's program was featured on Univision's Primer Impacto, and their studio’s walls display the work of local artists.
To make guests comfortable, Shrager and Morales have compiled a team of compassionate instructors and imbued the studio with a warm ambiance devoid of air horns. The Miami New Times said that the "quaint one-room studio exudes peace, from walls accented with paintings of Buddha to soothing, lingering aromas of incense," and even named it the Best Place to Meet Single Women in 2010. The studio may have earned the title thanks to events such as a Saturday-night Dharma After Dark class, during which live musicians serenade students with guitars, violins, and melodic crystal bowls.