Ever since Descartes' fear of secret conspiracies among the toes led him to posit a strict mind/body divide, it's fallen to aikido and yoga to reunite them. Harmonize your dual nature with today's Groupon: for $30, you get ten yoga and aikido classes at North Valley Aikikai in Granada Hills (up to a $120 value).
North Valley Aikikai hosts a copious calendar of dynamic aikido and serene yoga classes scheduled throughout the week. Aikido is a non-competitive meld of martial arts and pacifist philosophy that focuses on defense and redirecting aggressive force, preventing injury to both aggressor and aggressed. Concentrating on throws and arresting joint-locks, aikido also promotes a holistic approach to fitness and peaceful conflict-resolution skills that provide an alternative to settling pizza topping disputes with a chokehold. Children's classes help kids ages 5–12 gain a new awareness of themselves, their peers, and their environment as they develop discipline and self-defense techniques.
Yoga classes keep foe-flippers limber on a nearly daily basis. Vinyasa Flow yoga fluidly transitions from position to position as practitioners respire, maintaining all the smoothness and majestic grace of a Mount Rushmore-shaped jello mold. As they enter, students are calmed with every step by the studio's Japanese mat floors, natural wood accents, calligraphic artwork, and scattered bamboo.
North Valley Aikikai
Lee Lavi Ramirez, North Valley Aikikai’s chief instructor, sees martial arts as a mode of self-discovery, rather than a stylized battle between competitors. This philosophy shines in her studio’s Iaido class, which centers on sword-drawing as practiced by feudal Japan’s samurai; students practice the art alone with an instructor. The philosophy also prevails during aikido body art classes, which emphasize introspection and observation. Although the practice of aikido is noncompetitive, advanced sessions incorporate weapons such as the wooden knife and plastic spork. North Valley Aikikai further supports the pursuit of focus and grace through yoga classes. Vinyasa sessions knit breath and movement into a fluid discipline.
Granada Hills South
16901 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
Granada Hills, California 91344