Bhakti Yoga has only grown in popularity since its appearance in 1988's Bhakti School, where a crass, party-hearty Rodney Dangerfield disrupts his uptight daughter's yoga class of misfits and helps them defeat the snobby yoga studio in the finals. Today’s Groupon lets you try the vaunted yoga flavor out for yourself. For $39, you get a one-month membership of unlimited yoga classes (a $95 value) at Evolutions @ Yoga in Greenwood.
All yogic skill levels from yogurt to Yogi Bear will find a class suited to them among Evolutions @ Yoga's diverse array of classes. Yin Yoga holds its postures for long stretches at a time, helping to calm the mind, rehabilitate back injuries, and relieve sciatica. Kundalini Core builds the core through breathing-dynamic postures. Warm Practice is exactly like what it sounds, and the super-heated conditions will help the body stretch deeper and sweat out toxins. Evolutions also offers Gentle Yoga, Pre-Natal Yoga, Basic Flow, and more. All classes center on physical postures (Yogasana), but they also incorporate call-and-response singing or chanting (Kirtan). Group incantations help unlock the inner soul’s chart-topping power ballad, which will bring more balance and enjoyment to life before it starts appearing in every SUV commercial.
Evolutions' instructors come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds that led to their involvement with yoga. Some of these yogis discovered it through dealing with back pain or stress and in one instructor's case, an early curiosity with yogic disciplines. Unlike your overly Darwinian swim coach, the instructors will help keep everyone relaxed and afloat.
Bhakti Yoga both soothes the body and releases toxins (physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual) in a manner that won't force a citywide evacuation. Buy extra Groupons for all the recently de-petrified caryatids in your life and help them loosen up their newfound flesh at Evolutions @ Yoga.
The one-month membership does not include drum-circle classes or special events.
CityVoters extol Evolutions @ Yoga, nominating it for the title of 2009's Best Yoga Studio:
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Beneath the flowing fabrics that run across the studio ceiling at Evolutions @ Yoga, experienced instructors lead a wide range of classes from gentle beginning courses to advanced core-strengthening sessions, which earned them a place as a finalist for 2011 Best Yoga Studio on Indystar.com’s The Indy A List. They also brought home a feature as the “best place to get started” in yoga in a 2011 Indianapolis Monthly article, in part for offering welcoming sessions geared toward beginners. A diverse range of classes includes several forms of the discipline, including Beginner Yoga, Intermediate, Prana Flow, Prenatal Yoga, and iCan yoga classes. Whether taking restorative sessions or advanced heated classes, all students take in the nurturing environment with its hardwood floors, spongy yoga mats, and flickering candles that flicker words of wisdom in Morse code.