Yoga enables practitioners to increase flexibility while avoiding risks associated with a medieval stretching rack or its present-day analogue, the presidential fitness sit-and-reach test. Limber up safely with today’s Groupon to Happy Belly Studios. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get one month of unlimited mat yoga and Pilates classes (a $150 value).
- For $75, you get four mat classes in Studio A (a $72 value), one private Pilates circuit session (a $70 value), and two circuit classes (a $70 value; a $212 total value).
At Happy Belly Studios, a staff of expert yogis and seasoned Pilates instructors teach 40 classes to tutor bodies of all kinds in the ways of full-motion freedom and flexibility. One month of unlimited mat yoga and Pilates grants access to any normal mat class from the two fitness traditions, tailored to a wide range of experience and skill levels. Inductees to yoga may pick up flexibility rudiments―including proper alignment and breathing techniques―or segue into core exercises through the Fundamental Pilates Mat class. Students can also toss their exercise hats in the Stretch, Sculpt and Core class, which unites the disparate arts of Pilates and ballet for a graceful infusion of energy, or participate in heated-classroom Vinyasa yoga, which transports the mind into a balmy jungle by way of raised temperatures, heightened heart rates, and in-room lions.
A Pilates class package emphasizes the discpline’s purview of core strength improvement and controlled movement. In addition to granting access to four of Happy Belly’s Studio A mat classes, this option gets you one private Pilates circuit session to bolster confidence with personal attention and individual training on specialized equipment, preparing you for two circuit-training classes. Harnessing the power of fitness technology, each circuit class rotates bodies, which in turn ply torso strength-bands with an array of variously named devices such as the Cadillac, the Reformer, and Teddy Roosevelt’s Lollipop Tantrum. Students may complete their tutelage with a more extensive understanding of the Pilates tradition and a new set of magnetic, white-hot, and rapidly spinning core muscles.
Happy Belly Studios
Michele Stamos believes yoga and Pilates are two peas in a pod, a very, very fit pea pod. She started Happy Belly Studios to combine the two forms of exercise with her own light-hearted take on fitness. She and her staff greet students at the front door with "happy jelly bellies" and a smile, but once inside one of the two studio spaces, they get serious. In Studio A, instructors lead groups through Hatha and Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga—a highly aerobic form of stretching—as well as Piloxing and Pilates barre classes. They host private Pilates lessons in Studio B, training clients how to use advanced equipment such as reformers, Wunda chairs, and flame-resistant Cadillacs.