Yoga Retreat or Yoga Classes at Five Pillars Yoga (Up to 34% Off). Four Options Available.

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What You'll Get


Choose from Four Options

  • $199 for a one-day yoga retreat on August 19 or 20 ($275 value)
  • $315 for a two-day yoga retreat August 19–20 ($475 value)
  • $35 for a yoga introductory week (one week of unlimited yoga classes) ($50 value)
  • $90 for five Groupons, each good for one yoga class ($130 value)

Three Things to Know About Yoga

Few fitness disciplines meld relaxation and strength-building like yoga. Read on to learn about its surprising origins and incredible diversity.

1. In Sanskrit, yoga means “union.” (The word shares a root with the English word “yoke.”) The things being united are the mind, body, and breath, as practitioners use motion to guide the thoughts toward peaceful awareness and away from the funny-looking dog walking past the studio window.

2. Historically, strength and flexibility were probably just side benefits. In fact, some of the first Indian yogis to arrive to the U.S. explicitly rejected asanas, or postures, as a distraction from meditation. Recent research by yogi and scholar Mark Singleton indicates that, starting in the 1920s, a Scandinavian fitness system known as Primitive Gymnastics became wildly popular in India, and began to meld with far older yoga traditions that were more concerned with breath and focus. Around the same time, other teachers in India traveled the country teaching strengthening and combat techniques under the guise of yoga, in the hopes of preparing to rise against British rule. This complex stew of influences eventually produced the blend of movement and meditation most Westerners recognize as yoga today.

3. Today an estimated 20–30 million North Americans practice yoga. What that looks like in practice is wildly diverse—everything from sweaty, tolerance-testing hot yoga to quick-flowing vinyasa yoga to “laughter yoga,” which combines yogic breathing with deliberate laughter to ease stress. One of yoga’s greatest virtues is its adaptability: props make classes accessible to older students, and prenatal classes teach pregnant women poses that take into account their extra-stretchy ligaments and tendency toward lower-back pain.

The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Introductory week and 5 yoga class package available starting 9/8/15. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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