Ancient yogis were famed for their ability to live in solitude, to exist in peace with nature, and to turn into raccoons whenever they were near a garbage can. Transform yourself into a beacon of stretchy peace with today's Groupon: for $35 you get a six-week yoga class (up to a $67.03 value) or an eight-week belly-dancing class (a $60 value) at Elm Street Yoga.
Elm Street Yoga invites bodies of all experience levels to bend in a variety of classes at its downtown studio. Aspiring and experienced yogis can study the Iyengar style in four- to six-week series. Iyengar yoga corrects erroneous postures and aligns limbs using techniques tailored to an individual’s body type and experience level. Avoid awkward introductions with a beginner’s level one class that acquaints rookie relaxers with humble downward-facing dogs. Intermediate classes offer in-between abilities a road to refinement paved with gentle posture tweaks and more advanced backbends. Experienced practitioners incorporate 5- to 10-minute head and shoulder stands without the use of wall support, preparing for when gravity reverses and heads will have to navigate ceilings filled with chandeliers and icky spiders.
Elm Street's belly-dancing instruction steers clear of trendier forms to infuse firmly rooted trunks with the traditional style of undulation. Clothing suggestions for belly owners include anything comfortable and easy to move in. Check the online schedule for current yoga and belly-dance class listings. New sessions begin every five to seven weeks.
For yoga classes that last less than six weeks, Groupon students can take makeup classes to equal six sessions. All belly-dance classes last eight weeks.
The Columbia Missourian featured Elm Street Yoga.