Yoga is a much easier way to exercise both mind and body than testing Einstein's theory of relativity by racing a beam of light. Avoid a science-related sprain with today's Groupon: for $28, you get a five-class pass to Iron Lotus Yoga in Mission (up to a $70 value).
The experienced body benders at Iron Lotus Yoga lead students in classes suited to a variety of styles scheduled six days a week. Yoga practices include both regular and hot styles, allowing pupils to choose 60- to 90-minute classes in disciplines to suit individual temperaments and temperature preferences. Salute the actual sun on the studio’s rooftop space in outdoor classes, then relax and commune with birds and rogue antennae after class. The Vinyasa and Hatha disciplines encourage stress relief as well as balance and breath work, with Hatha poses held for a longer time. Iyengar teachers guide beginners and experienced yogis through an introduction to basic poses, and introduce preyogis to movements in prenatal courses. In hot yoga, stretching and detoxifying in a heated room promotes limber muscles for reaching top-shelf candy stashes.
Several of Lotus Yoga’s four certified instructors bring specialized experience to the studio classroom, including training in meditation and yoga for anxiety, depression, and addiction. Built mainly from recycled and reused materials, the sunny studio carries locally made products and clothing and sourced bathroom-floor stones from a nearby river.
Iron Lotus Yoga
When Laura Sigurdson was a teenager, her equestrian instructor encouraged her to strengthen her core by practicing yoga. Nearly a decade later, after losing her job, Laura turned to yoga to decrease her anxiety, and soon realized that opening a yoga studio was the rebound she had been seeking. She purchased an old garage and converted it into Iron Lotus Yoga. The facility was built primarily with recycled and reused materials, and its bathroom sink rests on an old fallen tree. Rainwater collected on the roof powers the toilets’ flushing.
During Iron Lotus Yoga’s classes, which take place six days a week, instructors help students build strength and flexibility through styles such as Vinyasa, restorative, and rooftop yoga, where students test their balancing skills while rooftop pigeons coo Enya. Alternatively, guests at the facility can soothe sore muscles with myofascial massage therapy administered by registered massage therapist Linda Sangwine.
7331 Grand St.
Mission, British Columbia V2V 3R9