Yoga is unique in that it is the only medieval physical-fitness art that does not involve firing crossbows at a grendel. Bend and stretch sans bloodshed with today's Groupon: for $30, you get five classes at bCalm Power Yoga in Hopkinton (a $70 value).
At bCalm Power Yoga, students of all levels condition muscles, shed toxins, and alleviate tension with a flexible schedule of power-yoga classes. Amidst equatorial 90- to 95-degree temperatures, energetic instructors motivate yogis to lengthen limbs and foster flexibility through a rapid repertoire of sun salutes, backbends, and stretches during 90-minute Power Flow sessions. For students seeking a midday siesta, Power Hour classes abbreviate body-bending with a swift 60-minute regimen of focused breathing and standing poses facilitated by elevated temperatures, which stimulate pores to open up and sweat out toxins and neglected piles of junk mail. Alternatively, pupils gradually ease into therapeutic asanas during Gentle and Calm classes, which, unlike checkout-line debates over paper or plastic, are never heated.
bCalm Power Yoga
Lesley Reilly knew something was amiss. After immersing herself in sports to fight the stress of her corporate career, she found herself on the operating table. Two knee surgeries later, she discovered yoga's power to bolster her muscles without rattling her joints. Today, she shares this story at her own studio, bCalm Power Yoga, where students build strength with hatha-inspired poses. Here, certified instructors draw upon the teachings of Baron Baptiste, which emphasize athleticism rather than mysticism. During Power Vinyasa, the studio's signature class, deep breaths weave arm stands and backbends into routines as lively as a puppy-filled bounce castle. Pose modifications help beginners ease into the workout, and hot temperatures promote litheness, relaxation, and toxin release. The studio also offers restorative yoga, barre, and Pilates classes.