This Groupon gently stretches your muscles and joints, a pleasant sensation sought after by every bungee cord, Laffy Taffy, and Stretch Armstrong. For $45, you get to drop into five yoga asana classes at Unity Woods anytime before December 20, a $100 value. Unity Woods is a prestigious 30-year-old yoga center with clean, spacious studios in four DC-area locations; this Groupon is good at all four: the Bethesda, Woodley Park, Tenleytown, or Arlington studios.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Arlington encourage students considering hot yoga to think about the body as two very different things: a tough metal and a sponge. This is because heat makes everything more pliable, even the toughest metals, and, like a sponge, people absorb toxins that can be squeezed out by compressing (or "wringing out") their sweat-drenched bodies. In each of the studio's classes, practitioners flow through a traditional series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, which some students have found can ease conditions as varied as insomnia, depression, arthritis, back pain, and currently not doing yoga.
A century ofshared experience unites trainers at Get Shaped Fitness, where they coach groupsessions and work individually with trainees. "We stress education over quick fixes," theysay, "striv[ing] to prepare you for continuing your success over the longterm." To these ends, they customize personal training sessions and makethemselves available to talk about lifestyle changes, such as replacing cupcakeswith a sheet cake inscribed with "eat carrots." The gym's own GetShaped app helps clients keep track of their classes and contact staffers.