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Yoga teaches people how to sustain poses while still breathing, a skill most yogis use to live undetected in wax museums. Trick a tourist with today's Groupon to A Place to Breathe in Charlottesville.
A Place to Breathe's alternative health practitioners foster physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being with integrated yoga and meditation classes. Its classes take place in an airy studio washed in soft natural light and furnished with polished hardwood floors. Ninety-minute restorative-yoga classes utilize props such as blankets, bolsters, and rubber chickens to provide extra support as limbs sink into gentle, stress-reducing postures. Integral-yoga classes take an entry-level approach to the traditional gentle Hatha yoga style, with instructors providing pose modifications to allow each yogi to practice at his or her own pace as they flow through strengthening postures, calming breathing techniques, and deep-relaxation exercises. Group and private meditation classes aim to center wandering minds and hyperactive spirit animals by incorporating mindful breath, audible mantras, strategic positioning, and concentration work with simple stretches to help students reach a state of inner peace and outer marble statue.