Yoga draws several of its body-bending poses from nature, such as the tree, the cobra, and the Mount Rushmore. Embody the earth with today's Groupon: for $20, you get eight yoga classes at Five Star Martial Arts in North Syracuse (an $88 value).
Michael Smith, a 25-year practitioner, leads the yoga classes at Five Star Martial Arts, helping students of all abilities to mold the mind and the body. Lessons begin with a warm-up before students practice a slew of yoga styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, and gentle yoga, which serves as a good introduction to poses and breathing techniques. The age-old practice can help to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and firm a physique for more confident strutting, gallivanting, and dallywagging. Classes are held Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Five Star Martial Arts
Awarded Best Martial Arts School in the Family Times' 2012 Besties Awards, Five Star Martial Arts teaches kids and parents alike the rapid-fire movements of martial arts. During youth programs, students aged 4 and older build stamina, dexterity, and intelligence through disciplined instruction at the hands of seasoned masters. Alongside typical belt rankings, badges and stars reward younger students as they master flurries of kicks and punches. Adult students find their own fitness rewards during cardio kickboxing, which blends an international potpourri of martial arts moves with calisthenic and aerobic foundations to form an explosive full-body workout that targets and tones major muscle groups across the body.
Trainers pair their fitness expertise with motivational attitudes, working one on one with students to help them on their path towards achieving personal wellness goals. Classes unfold within Five Star Martial Arts' recently expanded studio. There, new equipment and installations including a Tumbl Trak, a massive foam pit, and a collection of polyplus climbing ropes help trainers add complex gymnastics-inspired exercises to their already sizable arsenal of workouts.