People holding yoga poses typically seek self-discipline and control, whereas those holding yoga posters just want Sting's autograph. Find peace while standing still with today's Groupon: for $49, you get 10 drop-in yoga classes at Semperviva Yoga (a $139 value). This Groupon is valid at the Johnson Street, West 4th Avenue, 100-1985 West Broadway, and 2608 West Broadway locations in Vancouver.
Semperviva Yoga, one of Straight.com’s reader's choice winners for best Vancouver yoga studio in 2010, welcomes yogis of all skill levels into their sky-lit studios with more than 150 scheduled yoga classes each week. Limber up limbs in Hatha classes that improve flexibility and sharpen concentration, or learn to open up connective tissues and stubborn bags of peanuts while building strength through lengthy poses in Yin yoga. New mothers commune with other parents in their community during Mom and Baby classes, and highly trained instructors help pupils stimulate their nervous systems through inspirational postures and meditation in Kundalini. Semperviva boasts five locations where over 40 expert yoga profs guide students to select the perfect class and footie pyjamas to match their provided yoga mats.
While hiking the craggy island shores of Kythera, Gloria and Scott Latham spotted something strange and wonderful: a bright yellow flower sprouting from the rocks. Known as a semperviva, this plant symbolizes abundant life, a symbol they'd sought for quite some time. When the couple returned to Vancouver and founded a yoga studio, the flower sprang to mind immediately. "The concrete structures of the city, the buildings, the sidewalks, and the roads were the equivalent of the craggy rocks of Kythera," Gloria says. "Our clients and friends are that bright yellow flower, the souls that are brilliant and thriving despite the hardships that life presents."
Today, Semperviva Yoga tempers the city's hustle and bustle with joy and peace. Inside its four local studios, friendships bloom among mats, blocks, and bolsters, which students may borrow for free. Here, seasoned instructors demonstrate yoga's power to cultivate flexibility and focus. Classical Hatha sessions offer plenty of cues to help students tailor the poses to their goals and limitations. Deep breaths and stretches fuel Vinyasa Power Flow routines, which build more strength and grace than a swan bench-pressing a ballerina. Several Semperviva studios feature boutiques, which foster healthy lifestyles with organic essential oils, biodynamic skincare products, and yoga-themed books.