To test the strength of body and mind, humans can perform yoga or try to open a pickle jar with a hand coated in sunscreen. Open up with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a 10-class punch pass (a $110 value) with yoga mat (a $20 value) to Akasha Yoga in Vacaville (a $130 total value).
Akasha Yoga perfects poses throughout the day with a flexible class schedule aimed at increasing strength and decreasing stress. Teachers welcome small groups to the boutique studio, hand them a yoga mat, and guide them through sessions that range from 75–90 minutes, depending on the class and mood of the space-time continuum. Hot Hatha yoga focuses on held postures with brief breaks to tone bodies, enhance elasticity, and increase steadiness. The warm workout of the hot Vinyasa flow class includes an array of sun salutations that help bodies flow from pose to pose, targeting hard-to-work body parts such as hips, backs, and ear lobes. Culling from both classes, Sumits yoga lays a bed of meditative music beneath a sequence of static and flowing asanas performed in a 102- to 105-degree room.
"The yoga community is so different than a typical gym. It’s warm, friendly and inviting." This is just one of the many accolades shared by Akasha Yoga's happy members who revel in the sense of community the studio fosters. One of the reasons for the close-knit feel—heated classes where students commiserate as they challenge themselves and others to push through the high temperatures. Though possibly overwhelming at first, the raised Fahrenheit helps students sweat out harmful toxins and loosens their muscles so that they can achieve deeper stretches and poses that resemble the flexible animals they're named after. Students can also opt for non-heated classes such as Yin Yoga in which a series of floor postures are held for several minutes making it one of the more challenging classes. Another reason for the close-knit feel—teachers who have discovered the power of yoga after injuries, unwanted weight gain, or career stress and who patiently lead students toward their goals, whether the goals be weight loss, relaxation, or working as the body double for a pretzel.