The first master yogis bent themselves like twist ties around their enemies, smothering them with relaxing vibes. Now that all of your human and animal enemies are dead or in exile, today's Groupon offers a chance to defeat work-related stress with a five-class pass to Cincinnati Yoga School for $25 (a $60 value). As a yoga studio and school, it places the greatest emphasis on a "whole" practice that builds both your spiritual and physical abs.
The school's impassioned and stretchsperienced instructors remix pliable poses from well-known traditions such as Hatha and Vinyasa with samples from lesser-known paths to lithe enlightenment such as Kundalini, or "way of the thousand-footed snake." Different poses unblock dammed channels of energy, and deep breathing suffuses the fatigued spirit with renewed vigor, just like blowing into a Nintendo cartridge. Classes divide themselves into themes as well as styles: power yoga melts calories like so many beeswax ice sculptures, pre-natal friendly yang-yin yoga helps loosen pregnancy-related knots, and the long-hold yin yoga imbues the yogi or yogurt with patience and flexibility. Classes are offered multiple times every day of the week; check the schedule and use the key (A = All Levels, B = Basics/Beginners, C = Challenging, D = Donation (Free and Easy), E = Very Easy, I = Intermediate) to find the right class for you, as new classes appear and vanish as quickly as premium cable dramas in the spring.
Regularly practicing yoga can improve your quality of life by increasing muscle tone and flexibility, reducing stress, and stimulating weight loss. Recruit the guys from your sewing circle or the ladies from your crocodile-wrestling club to join you on your journey across the yogaverse. For answers to frequently asked questions about mats, what to wear, and more, click here.
Cincinnati Yoga School
To program director William Brashear and his team of teachers, yoga is a spiritual journey that begins within while a person is creating a bond with humanity. They inspire students of all ability levels to seek this inner peace in their classes, which cover a variety of styles. Options range from Mysore—a meditation-focused discipline—to power yoga—a vigorous Vinyasa-based course—to gentle yoga—a slower-paced rehabilitative class. To zero in on students' specific areas of concern, they lead one-on-one sessions, helping them master their techniques and learn Sanskrit words such as, "asana" which means "pose," or more commonly, "Can you please help me? My leg is stuck behind my head."
In addition to yoga, the school provides healing services, including Ayurvedic Thai yoga massage, in which a trained practitioner gently pulls arms and legs and twists torsos and shoulders in an effort to loosen the muscles and release stress. It also hosts yoga- and meditation-centric events and organizes calming retreats to locales such as Leeland Valley.