From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower un-pliant enemies with today's Groupon: for $39, you get one month of yoga classes, plus an additional free week at Lifesource Yoga in Fairlawn (a $99 value). Groupon holders should activate their month of malleability by August 1. Yoga mats are available for rent from the studio for $2, and on-site childcare is also available by reservation for an additional fee.
Voted Akron-Canton's Best Yoga Studio by CityVoters in 2009 and 2010, Lifesource Yoga offers up a core-centering curriculum led by certified yoga teachers. With an unlimited one-month pass, torso-twisters can sample as many courses as they wish, ranging from yoga basics—which covers the ins and outs of meditative movements, posture, and breathing—to hot or candlelight Vinyasa, which take bendy pupils through stamina-building exercises designed to treat sinewy fibers with a dose of tough love. Blossoming benders looking for a slower-paced stretch can try gentle yoga, a slower session that hones in on alignment and mental serenity while negotiating a cease-fire between warring muscles. Some more advanced courses, such as yoga therapy, utilize props such as chairs, straps, and blocks that the mature bun-bearer can use to modify poses to suit the body’s oft-overlooked second spine.
Lifesource Yoga's spacious, inviting studio features parquet floors, earth-toned walls, and billowing curtains, providing an ideal ambience for mindful movement. Check the class schedule, and make a reservation to supplement your collection of yoga poses, or learn peaceful sweating skills that will melt your muscles into saltwater taffy.