In addition to spiritual centering, yoga also primes essential physical abilities such as clapping backwards, retrieving bagels from the toaster using a single toe, and reaching into vending machines to snag free bags of pretzels. Embrace your inner contortionist with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a pass for five yoga classes (an $80 value) at Anahata Yoga Center of Williamsburg in Williamsburg.
Recipients of several local awards in 2010, including The Health Journal Reader’s Choice Award, Anahata Yoga Center of Williamsburg is a peaceful sanctuary for yoga practitioners seeking to discover, accept, and transform patterns within their lives through meditation and stretching poses. The studio’s two spacious classrooms welcome the patter of bare feet across their bamboo floors, inviting students both novice and experienced to challenge themselves while enjoying individualized instruction.
Teachers with more than 20 years of experience, all of whom are registered with the National Yoga Alliance, primarily focus on Iyengar-style of Hatha yoga. Because Iyengar-style yoga makes use of props such as wall ropes, cork blocks, belts, and giant baby bottles to support poses and assist in achieving proper alignment, it’s ideal for students of all fitness levels and bendabilities, including those with limited mobility and expectant mothers. A variation of Ashtanga yoga, which creates a moving meditation through the disciplined use of proper breathing, gaze points, and energy locks, is practiced in yoga flow classes as an alternative or supplement to Iyengar-style poses. Other yoga classes include introduction to yoga, prenatal yoga, and gentle yoga. Offered seven days a week, all classes are 60–90 minutes long. Students are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes early to set up their mats, sign applicable forms, and untangle their feet from their shoes.