When The Beatles returned from India, they brought with them tranquility, sitars, and the ability to stretch their hair past their shoulders. Test the limits of your flexibility with today’s Groupon to Exhale Studio. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a punch card for 10 classes (a $150 value).
- For $79, you get admission to the New Year Challenge (a $400 value), which includes the following:
- Goal setting seminar at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 15 (a $75 value)
- Holistic nutrition plan (a $150 value)
- Unlimited classes for 35 days (a $175 value)
- Up to half off health foods through the studio
Exhale Studio's experienced trainers guide students through a diverse set of drop-in yoga, Pilates, and dance classes, helping them work toward personal fitness goals. Harness breath, meditation, and the admiration of soft pretzels as you flow through series of poses in up to 90 minutes of Hatha, Yin Yoga, or Vinyasa Flow yoga classes. In Pilates sessions, pupils stretch and pose on mats or while incorporating ballet moves and yoga techniques, which serve to toughen both larger and smaller muscles. Dance instructors guide students through steps in Zumba Dance, contemporary jazz, and Groovin' Hip Hop, employing attentive teaching in lieu of dance-by-number instruction booklets. Participants can also strut their sensual side in burlesque classes or simmer through a full-body workout in Bellyfit, which combines Bollywood and Bhangra styles. Classes are held in an intimate studio with bare hardwood floors awash in natural light from floor to ceiling windows.
Exhale's New Year Challenge pushes bodies to complete 30 class sessions in 35 days, propelled by encouragement and guidance from instructors. Challengers attend a goal-setting seminar, where they meet their instructors and create their list of expected accomplishments, such as losing weight or preparing to race the moon around the world. Trainers then sit down with clients to develop a holistic nutrition plan, during which they address individual dieting goals to overcome dietary difficulties and facilitate healthier eating. Plans may include advice for detoxification, as well as vegetarian or gluten-free dining tips. Following an instructor-recommended fitness plan and class schedule, participants embark on an odyssey of muscle taming in any drop-in classes, training their bodies like early 20th-century travellers trained their horses to drive.
"Yoga, Pilates and Dance saved my life," declares Rachel Wainwright on Exhale Studio's website. Her path to these practices was spurred by a particularly rocky point in her life, when she craved a way to feel happy and alive. Diving into yoga, Pilates, and dance helped her feel at peace and more able to listen to her intuition, to such a point that she felt like she’d stumbled onto a secret. Desiring to share this feeling and her passion with others, Wainwright opened Exhale Studio—so named to serve as a constant reminder to release and let go. She gathered a team of like-minded instructors and, through her classes, started helping others to let go and embrace life while they built strength and balance.
In yoga sessions, clients gain flexibility and balance through a series of poses and breathing exercises. Yoga styles include refreshing hatha yoga, dynamic vinyasa flow, flexibility-boosting yin yoga, and tranquil candlelight yoga. They also offer Pilates classes that work to align the spine and build core muscles. Meanwhile, dance lessons help burn calories and build self-esteem while learning dance hall, Zumba, burlesque, belly dancing, hip-hop, and the correct spelling of the YMCA.
1083 Cambie St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5L7