Yoga emphasizes seamless transition between poses, a skill set adopted by the Navy to teach cursive flag semaphore to its sailors. Spell out serene stances with today’s Groupon to Anuttara Yoga in Deerfield Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get 10 yoga classes (a $130 value).
- For $65, you get 20 yoga classes (a $260 value).<p>
Seven days a week, Anuttara’s varied schedule of classes plunges students into a physical exploration of the contrast between forceful yang yoga and its passive yin counterpart. The studio’s certified yoga instructors lavish students with individualized attention during such sessions as warm Vinyasa yoga, in which intermediate to advanced yoga students sweat through seven sequences of sun salutations in a heated room. Warm Yoga Flow’s moderate movements gradually limber up novice appendages, and the smoothly choreographed current of Vinyasa Krama accommodates students of all skill levels by modifying the complexity of the poses involved. During Raja yoga sessions, pupils hold positions for up to five minutes at a time, while instructors lull them into deeply meditative states with verbal cues and slideshows from a recent vacation where they left the lens cap on their cameras.
Indian temple schools inspired the look and feel of Anuttara Yoga, where Eastern statues and pottery dot spaces surrounded by hand-carved stone walls and floors. Candles and mood lighting illuminate the studio so that visitors don’t have to purchase night-vision goggles or develop echolocation before they visit.
Inspired by the design of an Indian temple—replete with vibrant fabrics dangling from the ceiling—Anuttara Yoga had no trouble catching the attention of New Times Broward-Palm Beach, which hailed it as the Best Yoga Studio of 2012. The studio encompasses nearly 8,000 square feet, including two 1,600-square-foot yoga rooms that accommodate a variety of heated and un-heated class types.
The recently remodeled Kula Room, with its spacious floor plan, minimal decor, and infrared heat lamps, stays at a balmy 85 degrees during nonheated classes such as yoga barre. The dimly lit Grand Tapas Hall, however, facilitates deeper stretching with a thermostat set to a sweat-inducing 95 degrees. This higher temperature loosens muscles, expels toxins, and thaws ancestors preserved in ice during 90-minute hot-yoga classes.
When they aren’t teaching yoga classes, the studio’s 25 certified instructors pass on their knowledge to apprentices in training rooms and a well-stocked library. Other amenities include spa-like bathrooms with showers and a boutique area lined with yoga accessories and apparel.