Yoga, like mud wrestling, increases flexibility, challenges the body's limits, and brings its practitioners closer to nature. Stay hygienically in touch with the earth with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 10-class pass (a $105 value) at Atma Bodha Yoga Studio in North Virginia Beach.
Atma Bodha Yoga Studio is a fortress of flexibility where students can engage in eight different classes for beginners through advanced yogis. A staff of registered yoga teachers waits in the wings to guide guests through these body-bending experiences. The basic class moves at a slow pace, focusing on building awareness in basic postures to brighten bodies weary from long workweeks and daily encounters with sass-mouthed pigeons. More brazen bodies can flex further with the open-level Vinyasa course, a faster paced stretching academy with more advanced poses and inversions. Alternatively, integral yoga is a Hatha-based class that focuses on breath, poses, and chanting to deeply relax and strengthen threadbare soul sacks.
Yoga is an ideal way to strengthen muscles and stretch ligaments without resorting to clambering backward up every single tree that lines the street. Atma Bodha's tranquil yoga studio is also the ideal place to engage in this ancient fitness art, as the environs soothe students with walls of a mellow saffron hue, gleaming hardwood floors, and geometrically stable room dividers.
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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.