Doing yoga helps you find mental peace, much like reminding yourself that you'll probably outlive that big spider in your basement. Forget what's bugging you with this Groupon.
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- $35 for 5-class yoga package ($70 value)
- $60 for 10-class yoga package ($130 value)
- $49 for 1 month unlimited yoga classes ($99 value)
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Three Things to Know About Yoga
Few fitness disciplines meld relaxation and strength-building like yoga. Read on to learn about its surprising origins and incredible diversity.
1. In Sanskrit, yoga means “union." (The word shares a root with the English word “yoke.”) The things being united are the mind, body, and breath, as practitioners use motion to guide the thoughts toward peaceful awareness and away from the funny-looking dog walking past the studio window.
2. Historically, strength and flexibility were probably just side benefits. In fact, some of the first Indian yogis to arrive to the U.S. explicitly rejected asanas, or postures, as a distraction from meditation. Recent research by yogi and scholar Mark Singleton indicates that, starting in the 1920s, a Scandinavian fitness system known as Primitive Gymnastics became wildly popular in India, and began to meld with far older yoga traditions that were more concerned with breath and focus. Around the same time, other teachers in India traveled the country teaching strengthening and combat techniques under the guise of yoga, in the hopes of preparing to rise against British rule. This complex stew of influences eventually produced the blend of movement and meditation most Westerners recognize as yoga today.
3. Today an estimated 20–30 million North Americans practice yoga. What that looks like in practice is wildly diverse—everything from sweaty, tolerance-testing hot yoga to quick-flowing vinyasa yoga to “laughter yoga,” which combines yogic breathing with deliberate laughter to ease stress. One of yoga’s greatest virtues is its adaptability: props make classes accessible to older students, and prenatal classes teach pregnant women poses that take into account their extra-stretchy ligaments and tendency toward lower-back pain.
Little Lotus Wellness Studio
Little Lotus Wellness Studio is a wellness center for the 21st century. For proof, head to the studio's YouTube channel, affectionately known as the "Meditation Station." There, clients can watch guided meditations, yoga demos, yoga-themed soap operas, and other clips that can help them sustain their healthy lifestyle between visits.
Don't let the team's savvy use of the internet fool you, though. Staff members are as hip to the past as they are to the present, and they prove it by highlighting ancient healing practices. Yoga, for instance, is the studio's primary focus. Classes especially emphasize Hatha, a style that blends flexibility-enhancing poses with conscious breathing. Other styles include Mixed Yoga, which incorporates aspects of ashtanga and kundalini yoga, and Lean & Lovely, which blends yoga poses with Pilates, light weight lifting, and aerobics. To complement the workouts, the team hosts weekly meditation sessions, too, and a house massage therapist is on hand to soothe aches and pains and relax the mind.