Yoga teaches people how to sustain poses while still breathing, a skill most yogis use to live undetected in wax museums. Trick a tourist with today's Groupon: for $29, you get one month of unlimited classes at Bikram Yoga Mesa (up to a $140 value)
Bikram Yoga Mesa challenges students of all skill levels and abilities with a dynamic, therapeutic yoga practice held within a practice space heated as high as 105 degrees. The studio's class schedule brims with 90-minute sessions that employ a sequence of 26 postures, two breathing exercises, and four games of Duck, Duck, Goose—inundating muscles with freshly oxygenated blood while the equatorial heat fosters deeper stretches and detoxifying perspiration. Bolstering strength, stamina, and flexibility with repeated practice, Bikram yoga also centers wandering thoughts to hone a laser-like concentration capable of slicing through foggy minds and the yoga pants of the pupil in front of you. Intent on ensuring each student's comfort and safety, the instructors recommend that attendees bring their own yoga mats and towels and arrive to each class as hydrated as an ice sculpture.
Though Bikram Yoga Mesa occasionally features discounted rates online, today's Groupon still represents the best value.
Bikram Yoga Mesa
Director and certified instructor, Jon Knoche, knows yoga can be tough. He had to leave his first yoga class four times and then he didn't go back for a full month before deciding to dig in. That experience has taught him to keep his classes light and fun while maintaining a serious focus on the practice of hot yoga. He and his team subscribe to hot yoga because the heat increases blood flow, and warm muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. It also gets everyone bendy more quickly, prepping them for even the toughest poses. Hot yoga leads to optimal fitness, too, and gives participants the tools to manage the stress of daily lives.