Yoga is society's way of paying homage to shapely carbohydrates such as pretzels, donuts, and cinnamon twists while combating their negative effects and their sway over our elected officials. Alter a pastry-shaped physique with today's Groupon: for $39, you get one month of unlimited yoga classes at Elements Yoga, located in Bonita Springs (a $100 value).
Elements Yoga offers an engaging, intimate space in which to reconnect with your senses and the backs of your knees. Founder and instructor Erika Cooper offers a variety of classes to suit the flexing ambitions of seasoned stretchers and beginner benders alike. Tap into the tame yet restorative flow of Gentle Breeze, the detoxifying, chakra-shocking Fire Flow, or the Ethereal Yin, a session of seated poses and stretches that unwinds into a refreshing Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep). Agni Asanas features a more challenging pack of poses fit for advanced students, and Earth, Wind & Fire Flow conducts eclectic contortions fit for all levels and members of 1970s funk bands. Mats, towels, and pose-assisting props are all provided by the studio, so Groupon holders need only peruse the online class schedule before beginning a journey toward a more malleable meat suit.
When searching for a name that encompassed the principles of her studio, founder Erika Cooper turned to the five elements—earth, air, fire, water, and ether—and their relation to the five senses for inspiration. She settled on Elements Yoga, which was perfect, as the bedrock of her philosophy is to continuously learn, grow, and remain aware of the world around us. Hence, she ensures each session at Elements is a communal and multisensory experience—in addition to traditional yoga postures, she has students chant, sing, and dance in a friendly and engaging environment that encourages laughter and very slow, purposeful high-fives. Cooper also believes in the power of education, which is why many of her classes include readings and lessons on the history of yoga and Sanskrit. She extends those teachings to regular workshops, as well as to the studio’s certification program.
In an effort to give back to the community through the practice of yoga, Elements hosts weeklong donation-only classes five times a year with 80% of the proceeds passed on to local charities.