Yogic poses often reflect the everyday world—"warrior pose" imitates the strength of an archer, "child pose" the posture of a newborn, and "downward dog" the shame of a pet who devoured the birthday cake. Embody the day-to-day with today's Groupon: for $30, you get five yoga classes at Hot Asana Yoga Studio & Boutique in Southern Pines (up to a $62.50 value).
At Hot Asana, more than a dozen instructors, most of whom are certified with Yoga Alliance, help unify minds and bodies with intense practice and disciplined techniques. Spiritual athletes can pick from a schedule of classes, some held within a room heated to more than 100 degrees, some designed for beginners, and some for seasoned backbenders. Start with a beginner foundation course, which focuses on the basics of hot yoga, including breathing techniques, standing and floor-series poses, and a gradual introduction to heat. The sweat-inducing environment allows for easier blood flow, looser muscles, and the ability to use your body as a slip 'n' slide. More advanced sessions, such as the 75-minute Aerial Yoga, which employs a fabric swing, or the 90-minute Fire Flow class, which employs the soothing calm of candlelight, help further yogic practice.
Before or after each class, complimentary fruit helps replenish electrolytes, hot tea heats insides to the level of the studio, and a bevy of other amenities pampers minds and bodies. Hot Asana's yogis recommend bringing a mat but offer a selection available for rent to lighten the load of trailing yoga caddies.
Though Hot Asana features a discounted price for students younger than 23, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for most people.