Held in captivity, breath grows restless and throws childish tantrums; freed of mouthy corridors, it lives to tell minty tales of achieving nirvana. Inhale wisdom with today's Groupon: for $36, you get a 10-class flex card for yoga classes at alleyCat Yoga (a $150 value).
Inside Columbia magazine's Best Place for Yoga, alleyCat Yoga unites mind and body under a caring staff and flexible schedule. Yogis of all skill levels can flourish in any of alleyCat's classes, as poses can be modified for beginners and gurus alike. The studio offers a variety of styles to light up the switchboards of self-awareness, from Whole Birth prenatal yoga to Senior Golden yoga. Eavesdrop on the mind's eye during Kripalu yoga, which moves stretch-seekers through progressive stages of relaxation, sensation, and movement, allowing them to retune their bodies without the hassle of tightening hamstring pegs.
Instead of emphasizing perfect poses, teachers encourage yogis to listen to their internal organ monologues, allowing students to attain greater alignment and insight about potential pancreatic playwrights.
Named by Inside Columbia magazine as the best place for yoga in 2011 and 2012, alleyCat Yoga's serene yoga sanctuary hosts daily classes for students of all ages. One of the studio's teachers, Susan Mathis, draws on the teachings of Swami Kripalu, a celebrated yogi often associated with the insightful practice known as "meditation in motion." To apply the practice, students progress through stages of relaxation, physical postures, and meditation to establish connections between the mind, body, and spirit.
The well-rounded team of certified instructors also leads classes rooted in their respective specialties, including Hatha yoga, the more intense Vinyasa tradition, and gentler yoga classes for students who've only interacted with downward-facing dogs while pet-sitting. Susan's branch of kid-friendly yoga, called Yoga to Grow, helps children as young as 20 months stretch their rapidly growing bodies and sparks imaginations with stories, games, and songs.
23 S 8th St.
Columbia, Missouri 65201Get Directions