Yoga combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Chisel in healthy muscle tone with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 10 drop-in group yoga classes at East Village Yoga & Pilates in Pickering (a $140 value).
Founded by a pair of mothers who left the corporate grind to teach yoga, East Village Yoga & Pilates's staff guides students of all ability levels through one-hour group classes in four distinct styles of yoga. Foundational Hatha classes allow beginners to focus on simple breathing and movement series for meditative stress relief, and adaptable Kundalini sessions harmonize breath, posture, and relaxation in a sequence once used by ancient warriors to break in spandex body armour. Yogis can opt for the sweaty satisfaction and circulatory boost of Ashtanga hot-yoga sessions, or practice the Moksha style, which retains the fluid poses of a hot-yoga session but leaves out the high temperatures. Group classes take place amid the natural light of the facility's large, wood-floored studio and are populated on a first-come, first-serve basis or according to who builds the coolest fort out of yoga mats.
201-345 Kingston Rd.
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1A1