Getting in shape, much like speed-reading Russian literature, requires concentration and the strength to forge ahead through painful, protracted inner monologues. Forge ahead toward fitness with today’s Groupon: for $25, new students get an eight-class pass to participate in courses in yoga, Pilates, and other disciplines at Downtown Yoga in Mariposa (a $68 value).
Downtown Yoga’s clean, brightly colored studio accommodates chakra-seeking students of all levels on the road to body betterment. Yogis can firm up tired tissue and show stress the egress during a 45–90 minute yoga session or work on their core issues—including abs, lower back, and fear of commitment to watching every season of Hee Haw—with a Pilates-mat workout. Meanwhile, visitors seeking to hone their feet as percussion instruments can absorb rhythm in the African dance courses. Downtown Yoga’s highly qualified instructors also offer instruction in lesser known arts such as Qi Gong, a gentle rejuvenation practice, which clicks bodies into place like a rectified Rubik's Cube.
Classes are conducted throughout the day and early evening Monday–Saturday. Prospective students should check the schedule to determine their first class pick and arrive at the studio 10–15 minutes beforehand for sign-up and sharing tattoo stories.