Yoga is a relaxing way to exercise, much the same way oatmeal baths are a relaxing way to eat breakfast. Unwind without the aftertaste with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a private introductory tai-chi session (a $25 value) and five classes (a $75 value) at Body and Brain Yoga, valid at locations in West Linn and Portland (a $100 total value).
At Body and Brain Yoga, students unwind with yoga and tai-chi classes that strengthen the body, mind, and spirit. Pupils can warm up with a private introductory tai-chi session, in which a trained instructor walks individual students and their uber-flexible shadows through a sample class and administers a personal checkup, assessing abilities such as flexibility, balance, and mind-body coordination. Alternatively, students may choose to extend yogic groundwork with the five-class punch card, which immerses bodies in the practice of Dahn yoga, a holistic approach derived from Oriental medicine that incorporates stretching exercises, meditative breathing, and energy-awareness training to hone concentration and deepen the connection between the mind and the body. Students can also explore Dahn Mu Do tai chi, a non-combative form of martial arts influenced by karate charades and traditional Korean techniques such as detailed joint and muscle exercises, freeform movements, and invisible pony jumping.
Students can hang around in the welcoming studio after class for a mug of decaf tea and a post-session talk, where pupils and instructor discuss strengths, weaknesses, and strategies for improvement including workshops, home practice, and coating spines in papier-mâché to ensure perfect posture.
Body and Brain Yoga
The mission of Body and Brain Yoga—alongside its affiliate yoga centers—is to make yoga accessible to everyone, everywhere. To this end, each team of instructors modulate movements based on Korean sun do to match each students’ needs. Classes emphasize aligning the body and mind equally through stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation, and each session is capped off by a 10-minute tea time, during which students and instructors can socialize or reenact Alice in Wonderland's interview with the Easter Bunny.