From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 10-class punch card for yoga and tai chi at Alternative Health Group (up to a $135 value).
Alternative Health Group's experienced instructors aim to balance the mind, body, and spirit through allopathic and holistic treatments and classes. Vinyasa Ahstanga yoga provides a rigorous workout with a series of postures that flow into one another by synchronizing breath and movement; a mixture of sitting and standing poses build muscle, flexibility, and balance.
Turn brittle limbs into elastic extremities by practicing Sivananda—a relaxing, meditative, and core-strengthening style of yoga that relieves the physical and emotional stress built up during hectic workweeks or one-day snake-charming workshops.
Tai chi allows restless minds to meditate in motion with careful movements that have been crafted over thousands of years to calm and balance frazzled qi and provide people with moves to use during slow-motion dance competitions.
The class schedule at Alternative Health Group offers a handful of classes during the weekdays, with slighter fewer on Fridays and Saturdays (no Sunday classes), allowing yogis to keep their schedules as flexible as their downward-facing dogs. While students are free to bring their own superhero-clad mats to class, portable sticky surfaces may be borrowed from the studio for $1.
Though Alternative Health Group sometimes features a discounted price for new students seeking a month of yoga or tai chi, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for returning students and those who want to stretch out their yoga practice.
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Alternative Health Group
Growing up, Timothy Suh learned that strength could take several forms. His father was a tae kwon do master who helped inspire a lifelong passion for martial arts. His mother waged a two-year battle with cancer, and her passing prompted Timothy to study alternative medicine. Today, he combines these strengths to aid other cancer patients with their pain, linking his acupuncture treatments with tai chi and yoga practices.
The symbiotic relationship between Timothy's specialties underlines Alternative Health Group's primary mission: balance. All his staffers also boast complementary disciplines. For example, licensed massage therapist Danielle Pacific teaches restorative yoga poses to her massage clients, which they can assume at home for further relief or on the sidewalk to bend the rules of hopscotch. This holistic approach allows the team to bring Eastern and Western influences together and to address root causes of symptoms rather than just the symptoms themselves. With personalized acupuncture sessions, clinical massage, herbal remedies, and classes in yoga and tai chi, they strive to recalibrate bodies and minds from all angles.
1834 W North Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622