Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but more often, those dreams are on the highest of high shelves, beside the Thomas Pynchon novels and the cupcakes "for tomorrow." Reach that shelf with today's Groupon to stretch your muscles and muscle your stretches into a stretch of intense muscular moves: for $17, you get two yoga classes at Glenmore Yoga & Wellness Center (a $34 value). The West End studio was named Richmond magazine's number one yoga studio for 2010 in the most recent issue.
Glenmore Yoga & Wellness Center offers small, drop-in yoga classes in a warm and welcoming environment. The intimate 75-minute classes, available for all levels, are informal, laid-back, and typically taught in a semicircle, allowing the instructor to give the personal one-on-one attention allowed by 180 degrees. Start your journey with one of the beginner courses, or ponder how you were again mistaken for Barbra Streisand with the meditative yoga course. Glenmore also offers prenatal yoga, children's yoga, a therapeutic track for folks with pain problems, and an "ageless" course for older gems of the human race, taught by gerontologist and owner of the studio, Nancy Glenmore Tatum. You can find a full class schedule here.
Glenmore's friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students bend and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, the upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Yoga stretches your muscles, relieving stiffness and pain; it also increases flexibility and strength (deep core muscles support each pose), which will improve your range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel.
Glenmore Yoga & Wellness Center
In 1997, Nancy Glenmore Tatum and Kevin Casey founded Glenmore Yoga & Wellness Center in their house's sunroom. Their operation's therapeutic blend of yoga, massage, and consultation services attracted a wide enough student base to necessitate three expansions, and Nancy and Kevin eventually settled in the Glen Eagles Shopping Center. They still uphold a central belief that "yoga is for everyone," and have upheld that philosophy by building a time machine to let the late Ben Franklin participate. Nancy and Kevin have also cultivated a nurturing community with resources such as workshops and teacher training that promote its growth.
The center's impressive roster of yoga classes covers the flowing Vinyasa poses as well as specialty courses for prenatal mothers, older adults, and kids. Every class pays attention to the individual needs of its students, just as the massage services modify their kneads to better treat specific tensions. A calming interior contributes to Glenmore's warm ambiance: two carpeted studios, a massage room, and a lounge accommodate its guests. Students can also borrow the yoga books and videos of the lending library, so long as they turn in their senses of balance as collateral.
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