When The Beatles returned from India, they brought with them tranquility, sitars, and the ability to stretch their hair past their shoulders. Test the limits of your flexibility with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get 10 drop-in classes at Cascade Yoga Studio (a $90 value).
With an emphasis on body awareness and controlled inhalations and exhalations to support movements, Cascade Yoga Studio hosts an assortment of yoga classes for varying skill levels and abilities. Instructors realign mind-body connections with Back to Basics sessions, which introduce proper breathing and asana techniques amid temperatures that linger around 75 degrees to enable deep, safe stretching. Yoga Core classes firm the muscles that support towering postures and trendy straitjackets, and Vinyasa sessions inch thermostats as high as 85 degrees before the instructors lead more experienced students through a physically demanding series of seamlessly flowing transitions. Intent on catering to each attendee's needs, staff members flit about the space, proffering hands-on adjustments, cushioning postures with rental yoga mats ($1), and completing students' income-tax returns as needed.
Cascade Yoga Studio
Cascade Yoga Studio's trained yogis teach students to rekindle inner harmony. With an emphasis on body awareness and the controlled inhalations and exhalations that support each posture, they teach this ancient yet progressive holistic practice. Classes of all skill levels take place in rooms adjusted to heat levels between 72 and 90 degrees to augment each class's effects. The studio works to abolish physical and mental limitations with a variety of yoga types, which include Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Yin.
Most of Cascade's instructors migrated to yoga from careers in healthcare, and many are practicing physical therapists or have knit sweaters for cold stethoscopes. Cascade Yoga Studio also illuminates the path for aspiring yogis by hosting teacher training classes, which teach meditation, key alignment principles, and each yoga style's effects.
5060 Cascade Rd.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546