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 bloodlessly with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a six-class pass (a $66 value) at Birmingham Yoga, located inside the First Avenue Rocks climbing gym on First Avenue South.
Birmingham Yoga slowly transforms its students into stretchier, bendier humans with a varied assortment of yoga classes. In an intimate, comfortable studio space, cork floors keep participants tacked down in firm form as they link their postures and breathing in an Ashtanga Vinyasa class (offered six days a week), or flex their way through the lengthy poses of a Yin Yoga class. Experienced and certified instructors ensure that all students, be they novice or elite yogis, get top-quality training, a relaxing experience, and helpful guidance as they make their way down yoga’s inspiring path to self-discovery and the corner convenience store.
Birmingham Yoga is directed by Akasha Ellis, who traversed the United States and India to study with master yogis such as Yogi Bhajan, a renowned teacher of Kundalini yoga, and Yogi Berra, famous for holding the bakasana crane pose for the entire duration of a 22-inning game against the Detroit Tigers in '62. Check the schedule for a complete list of available classes, and get ready to infuse your body and mind with the flexible energies of yoga.