Koha is the Maori word for gift, and Koha Yoga founders Whakapaingia Luke and Sara Laimon found the gift of each other by accident one fateful day. After playing Rugby in LA wreaked havoc on his body, Whakapaingia discovered the healing practices of yoga and Thai massage. One afternoon, he was out practicing yoga on Venice Beach, where Sara, who missed a flight and found herself stranded, would haphazardly stumble upon him. She had been a longtime practitioner of yoga, and decided to join him on a whim. This impulse on Sara's part led to the two falling in love and eventually melding yogic postures and acrobatics into what would become their signature flying-yoga style.
Today, they teach this revolutionary form of flying yoga—which involves one practitioner supporting an “airborne” partner with their limbs in a lying position and making jet-engine noises with their mouth —alongside Maori- and reggae-inspired mat classes, standup-paddleboard yoga lessons, and Thai-massage body sessions. Furthermore, the founders donate 10 percent of all class proceeds to help impoverished people around the world via Kiva.
Fitness Revolution dedicates all the center's resources to helping individuals work toward their own fitness aspirations. Group classes meet throughout the week in the 2,000-square-foot facility, where attendees of all fitness levels hone their technique and send calories scattering under her watchful eye. In keeping with their passion for interval training, Fitness Revolution's programs cycle through intense cardio blasts interspersed with metabolic resistance training that build muscle and boost metabolism. Meal plans written by a registered dietitian and occasional fitness assessments help attendees stick to their fitness goals outside of class, where they have to face the reality of readily available snacks and the constant hectoring of the Kool-Aid man.
Created by fitness trainer and life coach Dr. John Spencer Ellis and led by owner and certified fitness professional Doug Krueger, the Lake Country Adventure Boot Camp program shepherds women to physical fitness with motivational workout regimens and nutritional counseling. Before the camp starts, trainers take your measurements and body-fat percentage before hopping into a curious pod, leaping into the future, and comparing them to those of the trimmer post-camp you. In the interim, the four-week or three-day workout regimen cycles through circuit training, jogging, kickboxing, and yoga to surprise and challenge muscles. During winter months and unforeseen Renaissance festivals, sessions move to spacious indoor facilities.
Dunn Bros Coffee roasts all its beans on the premises in small-drum roasters to ensure peak freshness and optimum aroma. The coffeehouse's friendly and java-obsessed baristas distill globally sourced beans from sustainable farms far and wide into a comprehensive menu of beverages for customers seeking a jump-start (a large coffee costs $1.80). Those looking for caffeination domination can receive $3 off any one-pound bag of in-house roasted coffee ($12–$15) when they show their Groupon. Springier palates may opt for the cool temperatures of a blended-fruit smoothie ($4.30). A smattering of sweet pastries and baked goods provides delicious brew-dippers alongside more savory offerings of sandwiches ($4.50), muffins ($1.89), and other filling edibles.
Owner Tracy Schultz not only adeptly leads Merton Jazzercise but also stands as a live testament to the boogie-woogie-based program, having shed her maternity weight by hot stepping in weekly workouts. The studio's seven-day schedule boasts both early-morning and evening sessions in a quartet of styles for all ages. Classic jazzercise coalesces choreographed dance and muscle-toning moves that are easily modifiable for all experience levels, set to a heart-pumping soundtrack of top-40 hits, country songs, and auto-tuned punditry. As dancers funkily climb the skill-level ladder, the Jazzercise Personal Touch class corrals a smaller, more advanced crowd, allowing instructors to personalize each participant's sculpting technique. Teens, kids, and adults disguised in young-person wigs can enlist in Junior Jazzercise or Team Dance, both geared toward younger steppers. While not included with this Groupon, the studio also houses a daycare center open during 9 a.m. classes Monday–Friday ($2/first child, $1/additional).