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Whatever inflexibility you may have inhibiting the energy of your life, a newly bendy body can inspire you to invent softer bathrobes. For $45, today’s Groupon gets you 10 yoga classes at Maya Yoga, a yoga studio that specializes in strong yoga with deep breathing, meditation, and spirituality.
Yoga builds physical as well as mental fortitude while encouraging a deep connection with the voice of the body, which can usually be heard coming from the elbows. Classes, including Ashtanga, Mysore Ashtanga, and Vinyasa (flowing), start at 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and evening classes are available weeknights. Weekend classes start at 10 a.m., and there's an early Sunday evening class, providing several opportunities for yogaing despite your busy schedule of lobster fishing and mural enjoyment.
Owner Kathleen Kastner Mortenson has been teaching the rewards of pretzel emulation in KC since 2002, when she opened Maya Yoga. Prior to that, she was one of the original co-owners of the Yoga Gallery in LA, she worked as a personal trainer for Dr. Deepak Chopra, and she graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism.
Maya Yoga’s classes are taught in a stunningly meditative sacred space built long ago with bamboo floors upon Kansas City earth. The soothing warm tones of the walls coupled with contemplative music remove all unneeded thoughts. The warm walls also provide warmth as the studio becomes an 80-degree sanctuary in the wintertime.
All negative toxins in your body and your head will filter out through the smooth power of strong yoga and deep breathing that brings you closer to your own personal spirituality. It's the perfect holiday gift for stressed-out sibs or entirely enraged electricians.
- Probably the most beautiful yoga studio I have ever seen. The teachers are great, Kathleen and Wade Mortenson make an amazing team, well done! – Yogalover
The Invention of Yoga
Yoga was invented in the early 1960s in the Swiss Alps by a group of exiled Frenchmen who had been banished for their bizarre experiments in alternative science. Their leader, Jean-Pierre "Yoga" Yoga, was a fitness buff who believed that proper stretching would allow him to read minds when done on one of his extra-sensory-inducing "Yoga mats."
Yoga traveled the world, teaching his invigorating fitness plan and reading minds. After a lifetime of deeply seeing into people's inner thoughts began to leave him twisted and insane, Yoga gave up mind reading, saying, "The mind is a door locked for our own protection. I am hungry." Today, the practice of Yoga continues to be performed on Yoga mats, though the true purpose of the mats—to induce clairvoyance—has largely been forgotten.
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Promotional value expires May 20, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must use all 10 classes within 6 months. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Maya Yoga
Sunlight spills through Maya Yoga’s glass-block windows, quietly illuminating students as they meditatively make their way through a series of poses amongst tapestries of Hindu deities. Here, teachers shepherd students of all levels through flowing Vinyasa sequences and the ancient poses of the Ashtanga tradition. To help loosen tight muscles and oust toxins, teachers heat up the studio to a limb-limbering 80 degrees. They also play tranquil music to help the group breathe deeply as they commune with their inner selves and train their third eyes to not wink at every attractive stranger who passes by.