In its constant attempt to stay fit, humanity has given in to such unfortunate workout trends as livestock lifting, Spazzercise, and mixed-martial charades. Embrace body and mind fitness that has withstood the test of time with today's Groupon: for $44, you get one month of unlimited regularly scheduled group yoga classes at Laughing Lotus Yoga of Anchorage (an $89 value).
Laughing Lotus Yoga's extensive selection of classes delights benders of all abilities, all within the confines of a warm, inviting studio. Sessions run the yogic gamut, from stretching in the company of other preparents with prenatal yoga to sweating through the sun salutations and occasional pop quizzes of heated Ashtanga. Serene seekers can help relieve body-battering stress and practice breathing techniques with traditional Hatha yoga or test their physical and metaphysical limits through Forrest yoga, where they’ll crunch cores, bend backs, and balance on arms in an 80- to 85-degree room. A cast of dedicated, experienced instructors shepherds students through a variety of class levels, from beginner-centric sessions to the more advanced, mind-melding practices. Check the schedule for class times and dates.
Laughing Lotus Yoga of Anchorage
Laughing Lotus Yoga of Anchorage’s founders, Kim and Svia, have shaped their studio around the mantra “freedom in practice”—the idea that clients should interpret yoga to best suit their own needs. In this mantra's spirit, the 11-yogi staff instructs classes in diverse modalities, such as stress-relieving Hatha, mind-and-body-balancing Kundalini, and Vinyasa flow, a mashup of styles. To further personalize lessons, instructors can tailor asanas and stretches to injured clients in private sessions, to expecting mothers in prenatal classes, or to children stressed from memorizing all the rules of freeze tag in yoga for kids aged 3–5 and 6–10.
An on-site healing team pampers physiques with traditional massages, Thai bodywork, and Rolfing. The studio’s boutique stockpiles yoga gear from brands such as form-fitting lululemon and festively tie-dyed Shining Shakti.