Yoga, like sword ownership and sleeping, is an ancient practice whose benefits are just now being appreciated. Reap the rewards of ancient ways of life with today's Groupon from Borrowed Earth Emporium in Ogden. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a 10-class pass for yoga (an $80 value). After your first class activation, you have 12 weeks to use all 10 classes.
- For $5, you get $10 worth of coffee, tea, and treats.
Borrowed Earth Emporium, otherwise known as "BEE," strives to stretch, strengthen, and de-stress bodies and minds in its upstairs yoga studio while delighting taste buds with freshly baked treats in its downstairs café. Would-be yogis can choose from a dozen classes led by 11 trained and helpful pose-masters who work to clear cluttered craniums of mental detritus and pesky mildew stains. Using a series of poses in conjunction with diaphragm-based ocean-breathing techniques, aspiring human bendy straws eventually wind up in a state of restful convalescence. The class schedule lists such offerings as an introductory level-one course to acquaint newbies with the fundamentals; a low-impact restorative class using props such as balls, ropes, and jaunty straw hats for those overcoming injuries; and a lunch express, which condenses the experience to a brisk 45 minutes for a midday refresher. Sun saluters perform their exertions, which can increase flexibility, strength, and focus, in a spacious, industrial loft-like studio boasting preserved hardwood floors, high ceilings, and exposed brick walls adorned with local artwork.
Downstairs, patrons can reward themselves with homemade treats freshly baked every morning, including pain au chocolat ($3.95), bagels ($1.25), or jumbo muffins ($2.25). Open at 6 a.m., the café brews organic, fair-trade coffee from Snake River Roasting Company and tea from Tea Grotto in Salt Lake City. Borrowed Earth Emporium maintains a partnership with the Buy Local First organization and Green Roof Utah, which helps turn businesses green by reducing their carbon footprint and installing on-site leprechauns.