People holding yoga poses typically seek self-discipline and control, whereas those holding yoga posters just want Sting's autograph. Find peace while standing still with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 20 yoga classes at Dana Layon Yoga, located at Yoga Treehouse in Vancouver (a $300 value).
Two-hundred-hour Yoga Alliance–certified instructors tweak postural alignment and spiritual development during Dana Layon Yoga's weekly schedule. Centered around the unifying principles of Vinyasa flow, the 75-minute classes strive to bring innermost thoughts to the surface through meditative breathing, causing pupils to ponder important questions regarding life, meaning, and why so many things taste like chicken. Each class encourages students of all levels and abilities to merge breath and movement as they transition through a series of flowing postures.
Hatha yoga and Yoga Strength sessions help fortify cores and build long, lean limbs. Novice yogis seeking an introductory course can attend Sunday-morning Beginner Flow (starting Wednesdays in the fall), a slower progression of poses that gradually limbers up bodies restricted by injury or from sitting all day in a rigid suit of armor. Dana Layon Yoga also grants peace of mind to posing parents by offering supervised childcare ($2/child) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Zen Flow Yoga
As a marketing executive, Dana Damara's calendar was packed, but her life felt oddly empty. After quitting her job and backpacking the world, she found her true passion by practicing yoga. Now sharing her knowledge with others, Damara helms Zen Flow Yoga, a studio that cultivates physical and spiritual wellness through ancient poses and meditation. Certified instructors lead each class, weaving movements and deep breaths into Vinyasa-style sequences that promote strength, focus, and relaxation. In addition to demonstrating poses, teachers guide students of all levels toward correct alignment to help them build balance, litheness, and human pyramids tall enough to sew patches on ozone holes. Yoga retreats awaken spirits in scenic locales such as Costa Rica, and online classes impart calming movements ideal for practicing in your living room or on top of the fridge for an added challenge.