Holding a yoga pose builds strength, discipline, and immunity to motion-sensor devices. Operate in stealth mode with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get eight classes ($20/class) at Dahn Yoga (a $160 value). Choose from locations in Buckhead, Roswell, or the Body & Brain Center franchises in Duluth, Peachtree, or Vinings.
Classes at Dahn Yoga integrate the ancient Korean practice of sun do along with the latest findings in neuroscience to help students boost their overall health and well-being. In each yoga class, a passionate, experienced guru first limbers up yogis with 10–15 minutes of warm-up exercises. Pupils are then chaperoned through 30–45 minutes of stretches, strengthening postures, and meditation exercises, all while clearing cluttered minds and learning to master breath control like a black-belt sousaphonist. After 10 minutes of cool-down exercises, students and teachers mingle to quaff an aromatic cup of tea. Instructors regularly assess students’ strengths and weaknesses, recommending home exercises to complement in-class practices and show off toned muscles to intimidated pets. Dahn Yoga also offers tai chi and other special classes based on location.
Regular practice is said to straighten and slim slouching bodies and de-stress minds as gnarled with worry as expectant Entwives. Dahn Yoga recommends that students attend classes two–three times a week to achieve the best results; check each location's homepage for schedules.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.