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For 17% of Americans, summer is the third unhealthiest season due to the proliferation of ice cream cones, beer gardens, and second-place pie-eating contest finishes. Change your summer habits with today’s Groupon: $59 gets you six weeks of unlimited yoga and spinning classes at Breathe (a $223 value).
Breathe’s brand-new studio offers classes every day in an unintimidating environment ideal for both novices and gym rats who want to tone up, increase flexibility, or meet new people in a sweaty setting. With an unlimited pass, you’ll be able to sample them all to discover which type of yoga or spinning class works best for you:
- Ashtanga: Sync your breathing, while improving balance and overall tone.
- Candlelight flow: Set to candlelight and a great date night for yoga-loving couples; wine and snacks are available after class.
- Hatha: Discover your center and perfect your poses at this in-depth session for beginners and pros.
- Hatha Flow: Work toward perfect posture and learn how to move slowly with your breath.
- Hoop dance: Fun, low-impact aerobic workout great for childhood hula-hoop lovers; hoops will be provided.
- Integral: Specializes in relieving tension and stress from your life.
- Kundalini: Gets you in touch with your spiritual side Meditation and chant techniques through meditation and chant techniques.
- Metal Mondays: Metal music gives you the drive you need to pedal your way fit in this spinning class.
- Restorative: Revives you, whether you’re suffering mentally (work, personal problems) or physically (injuries, aches).
- Rocket: Makes you sweat out harmful toxins, but with a lot of fun; for those who shun yoga in favor of high intensity workouts.
- Spinfit: Pedal off the pounds with a revved up workout taught by professional cyclists.
- Vinyasa: Packed with centered movements to improve strength and balance; not for newbies.
- Yin Yoga: Helps open up the body’s connective tissue and joints, relieving aches and pains; differs from most yoga practices designed to make you longer and leaner.
- Yogacycle: 30 minutes of interval training to get the heart rate up, followed by 30 minutes of Vinyasa yoga.
Six weeks of classes will whip you back into shape and undo the damage of summer. Come Thanksgiving, you won’t have to listen to your grandfather’s stories about the cost of bicycles in his youth because he’ll be too busy painting a portrait of you set in a majestic Irish cornfield.
Note: Your entire pass must be used by 11/31/2009.
Since Breathe is brand-new, there aren’t any online reviews, but there are a few comments on Breathe’s site that credit the classes for their life-changing, relaxing effects:
- …one left with a feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation and the cares of the world lifted away. – B. Salatti
- Sarah has created a place where I can truly believe I have a practice, and the class is the high point of my week. – T. Trujilo
- I never expected yoga to have any profound effect on my life and outlook on life… – E. Klein
The History of Yoga
Yoga was invented in the early 1960s in the Swiss Alps by a group of exiled Frenchmen banished for their bizarre experiments in alternative science. Their leader, Jean-Pierre “Yoga” Yoga, was a fitness buff who believed that proper stretching would allow him to read minds when done on one of his extra-sensory-inducing Yoga mats.
Yoga traveled the world, teaching his invigorating fitness plan and reading minds. After a lifetime of deeply seeing into people’s inner thoughts left him twisted and insane, Yoga gave up mind reading, saying, “The mind is a door locked for our own protection. I am hungry.”
Today, the practice of Yoga continues to be performed on Yoga mats, though the true purpose of the mats—to induce clairvoyance—has largely been forgotten.