In its constant attempt to stay fit, humanity has given in to such unfortunate workout trends as livestock lifting, Spazzercise, and mixed-martial charades. Embrace body and mind fitness that has withstood the test of time with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a 10-class punch card for any classes at Excel Yoga, Dance & Fitness (a $100 value).
Excel Yoga's team of body sculptors molds muscles with a roster of dance and fitness classes for all ages taught inside eco-friendly studios. Excel's yoga classes are based on the eight-limbed system, much like Christmas sweaters knit for pet tarantulas, and incorporate relaxing breathing techniques that help students increase their strength and improve their flexibility. Hips can shake during women's-only belly-dancing, and capoeira classes teach Brazilian martial arts through dance, chanting, drumming, and acrobatics. Meanwhile, kickboxing classes scare away fat while teaching students useful fighting skills in case fat comes back with its older brother. Inside the eco-friendly space at Excel Yoga, bamboo wood floors welcome guests, and recycled sheetrock and nontoxic painted walls support a soundproof ceiling. Low-flush restrooms cut down on energy needs, and dim lighting sets the mood for gentle practices and conversations with tall bamboo plants mistaken for classmates.
Like mounting an HDTV on a terra-cotta warrior, Excel Yoga blends the ancient and the modern, shepherding students of all experience levels through serene yoga sessions, sultry belly-dancing lessons, and high-energy kickboxing and boot-camp fitness classes. A sense of community weaves throughout the studio, from the eco-friendly bamboo flooring to courses that bring families into the fitness fold, such as Kids Yoga and Mommy & Me Yoga.
Beyond its slate of exercise classes, workshops deepen yogis’ relationship with various aspects of yoga. The Anatomy Workshop, for example, blends discussion and practice to explore how certain poses can relieve physical disorders. Excel Yoga even cultivates its own fleet of enthusiastic instructors through intensive teacher training that outfits prospective pedagogues with the knowledge, poses, and sweat-proof grade books they need to lead classes.
Middletown - Pelham Bay
3045 Buhre Ave.
Bronx, New York 10461