Star athletes thrive during the peak of heated competition, which is why most Super Bowls are held in volcanoes. Stretch the limits of your limbs with today's Groupon: for $39, you get 10 drop-in classes at Dana Hot Yoga (a $120 value), voted Best Hot Yoga Class by Main Line Today magazine.
Dana’s owners have created a studio that makes people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels feel as if they’re working out with friends inside their very own oven. With the thermostat cranked to a warm, humid, and detoxifying temperature, students narrow their focus to sweat out their toxins and forge new, flexible frontiers while maintaining rhythmic, deep relaxation breathing. Talented instructors will make sure that each student is safely and correctly striking each posture, from the first sun salutation to the final downward dog. A class schedule of morning (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) and evening (beginning between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) sessions throughout the week makes it easy to fit in a stretchy sweat-down, whether it’s before a long day of work or after a long night of vampire-slaying. Yogis will need nothing other than a mat, a bottle of water, and a towel for wicking up the body-water sacrificed to the room’s 100-degree temperatures. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure class availability.
Dana Hot Yoga
At Dana Hot Yoga, the path to relaxation is sprinkled with sweat. Within a heated studio, Vinyasa classes—which accommodate both advanced yogis and beginners—mix rigorous sequences with meditative breaks. By varying the pace and intensity, instructors ensure each workout targets almost every muscle while bringing the mind to stillness. And the warmth is an integral part of the experience as well, as it helps loosen up tendons so they flex further and release stored toxins.
Even though the environment is hot, the prevailing attitude is anything but. Teachers stress that students needn't be flexible or have ball bearings installed in their joints before taking their courses. For them, consistent practice and a positive outlook are more important than perfection.