The word yoga comes from the first syllables spoken by babies, who are naturally elastic. Emulate the calm flexion of a newborn with today's Groupon: for $50, you get one month of unlimited yoga at Bow Street Yoga in Somerville's Union Square (a $135 value).
Bow Street Yoga instructs yogis in the ancient art of bending, flexing, and introspecting, offering classes in Vinyasa, restorative, and Yin yoga styles. All classes are conducted in a studio heated to 75–90 degrees, warm enough to encourage muscles and joints to soften and flex, but not so hot as to turn students into a soaking-wet pile of yogi. Pop into a beginner's Vinyasa class to learn the slowed-down basics of the strenuous style, which emphasizes proper alignment, breath control, and core strength, or treat limbs to a Yin yoga session, with lengthy hold times geared toward profound muscular relaxation. The meditative, healing practices of restorative yoga offer a reprieve from active lifestyles and recovery from injuries with props, long posture times, and a focus on absolute stillness.
Experienced instructors flit about the light-filled, spacious studio, offering tips on posture and providing new ideas on how to stylishly layer shapewear.