Michelangelo famously claimed that the human form of a sculpture resided in the stone itself, and that the artist’s task was merely to free it using totally tubular nunchaku moves. With today's Groupon, free the finely sculpted form lurking just beneath your skin. For $49, you get seven group fitness classes at FitnessWise, a $118 value. Classes include yoga flow, yoga-Pilates blend, total body conditioning, circuit kickboxing, stretch and center yoga, yoga 101, Mama Yoga (for new mothers and moms-to-be), World Beat Yoga (flowing yoga set to Reggae, Samba, or other world music), or core and stretch. Choose one class that suits your needs, or try them all for an ultimate cross-training approach.
Artworks Fine Art Studio instructs fledgling brush wielders and expertly-paletted patrons alike in the fundamentals of fine art. The two-hour adult workshops focus on developing or fine-tuning painting and drawing skills, allowing potential Picassos to work at their own pace and level. All necessary materials are provided, and attentive instructors ensure no student will be left behind or tied up and painted blue behind the teacher’s back. The similarly instructive Tipsy Artist classes combine the ancient art of art with the equally ancient art of imbibing. Bring your own wine, beer, or nonalcoholic drink and create an inspiring masterpiece in approximately two hours.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
Dust off your Dadaist translations of Dan Brown's epic The Faerie Queene and get some feedback on your hard work with today's Groupon. For $30, you get $75 toward creative writing workshops at The Writer's Center in Bethesda. The Writer's Center offers up to 300 workshops in a variety of genres each year, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, songwriting (or "rap-smithing"), literary translation, and writing for public relations and marketing. Get up to two Groupons to put toward the same or multiple classes, or inspire a friend to pursue her children's Jacobian drama when you gift a Groupon.
At Chic Physique, women come together during empowering dance classes that tap into their sensuality. The instructors lead students of all skill levels through pole and specialty classes, using poles, aerial silks, suspension training, and body weight as tools to sculpt muscles and increase strength. The Pole 101 class focuses on alignment, pole grips, and muscle building to work up to enough strength to one day carry a chiseled fireman safely out of a fire.
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.