Yoga challenges the mind and body without the violence and hurt feelings of full-contact chess. Steer clear of overaggressive pawns with today's Groupon: for $59, you get 20 Baptiste Power Vinyasa classes at MBody Yoga (a $160 value). This deal is valid for the studio locations in Neptune Beach and on Southside Boulevard and San Marco Boulevard in Jacksonville.
MBody Yoga's instructors dedicate themselves to leading physically challenging power Vinyasa sessions for students of any fitness or skill level, earning the studio Folio Weekly's award for Best Yoga Studio in 2010. The studio's class schedule includes early-morning and evening sessions throughout the week, not unlike a sundial repair shop. Meeting in a 90-degree practice space, instructors in all-levels classes adhere to the Baptiste Power Vinyasa style of yoga, helping students to connect powerful poses together with athletic sequences of muscle-challenging transitions. The sauna-worthy temperatures facilitate safer, deeper stretches while helping bodies to burn calories and eject any perspirable toxins. During Power Yoga Basics sessions, students learn modified poses at a slower pace, and during Restore Renew classes they explore stress-relief techniques including mindful breathing and sustained stretches. In addition to improving stamina, increasing flexibility, and imbuing students with the lung capacity of a professional apple bobber, regular practice of Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga can also help attendees to develop better mental focus.
Retail rates of classes are subject to change.
In the 1940s, Walt Baptiste and his son Baron created a new branch of yoga—called Baptiste yoga—that combines the principles of yoga, meditation, and inner reflection. The Baptiste-yoga movement grew rapidly, and in 2005, senior Baptiste teacher Mark White introduced his community to the practice with two studios. He and a staff of more than 20 certified yoga instructors guide students from pose to pose while observing proper alignment and breathing technique. Studios are heated to 90 degrees to keep bodies limber and destroy any ice cream that enters the building.