Yoga challenges the mind and body without the violence and hurt feelings of full-contact chess. Steer clear of overaggressive pawns with today’s Groupon to Atma Bodha Yoga Studio in Virginia Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a pass to five yoga classes (a $60 value). Hurry and use this Groupon, as it expires in three months.<p>
- For $450, you get one year of unlimited yoga classes (a $960 value). This Groupon must be activated within three months.<p>
The studio’s namesake Sanskrit phrase, “Atma Bodha,” translates to “self-awakening,” a pillar of the studio owners’ belief that the ancient practice of yoga taps into each yogi’s pent-up potential. The studio’s schedule stratifies its many class styles by difficulty to ease new students into the practice. Instructors in basic yoga introduce students to standard postures at a slow pace, and beginners’ Vinyasa teachers demonstrate the foundational steps of the more vigorous practice, including such moves as the headstand and human flagpole. Atma Bodha’s instructors also helm Hatha-style Jivamukti classes, an iteration of the sport that gained prominence for its seamless coalescence of yoga’s physical, spiritual, and philosophical aspects. Regardless of a class’s style, the studio stays stoked at 80 degrees, and, much like small talk with a college cheerleader, all sessions begin and end with chanting.
Atma Bodha Yoga Studio
The Sanskrit phrase, “Atma Bodha,” translates to “self-awakening.” Founder Avery Jones experienced his own "atma bodha" at the young age of 16, when he stumbled across a copy of the Bhagavad Gita while rifling through his father’s book collection. This spurred him to study the yogic philosophy, which shaped the rest of his life and eventually led him to open the Atma Bodha Yoga Studio years later.
Today, he and a dozen passionate instructors helm 25 weekly classes that span the style spectrum, ranging from open-level Vinyasa to the more intensive dharma mittra. Amid vibrant yellow walls and the glow of tranquil lighting, the team adapts routines to accommodate practitioners of any experience or fitness level. They not only work to strengthen the body, they also aim to stimulate the mind—which is why they begin and end each visit chanting, meditating, and performing electroshock therapy.