$35 for Five Aerial-Yoga Classes at Ophidia Studio ($70 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • Yoga & aerial arts hybrid
  • Traditional & nontraditional techniques
  • Experienced instructor

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Promotional value expires Aug 17, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate classes by 8/16/12, classes expire 2 months from activation. 250lb weight max. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like pelting a friend with water balloons and heckling penguins, yoga is even better when done from above. Elevate your chakras with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get five aerial-yoga classes at Ophidia Studio (a $70 value).

During the one-hour suspended sessions, yogi and aerial silks artist Katie Ponozzo blends traditional yoga asanas with suspension poses to create an engaging form of aerial exercise. Suspended silks cradle students as they flex and pose beneath the mirrored studio’s disco ball and twinkle lights. The silken ropes also wrap around limbs for support as flying yogis relax and unfurl limbs into stretches deepened by gravity. Ponozzo’s unique approach to decompression strengthens muscles and loosens minds until the students can act as their own hammock. Ophidia recommends form-fitting athletic wear that does not snag easily and instructs students to leave jewelry and fly-fishing vests at home.

Ophidia Studio

Pick up a copy of Boise Weekly, flip open the Idaho Statesman, or tune in to Boise State Public Radio, and you might catch Ophidia Studio’s owner, Allison Holley, spreading the gospel of pole dancing. "It feels fun," she told Boise State Public Radio's Scott Ki. "It's kind of like playing on a jungle gym, and adults don't get that chance." Along with a coterie of experienced instructors, Allison casts off the bad rap of an activity that she says some see as "demeaning or degrading" in pole-dancing classes that build fitness and self-confidence in a playful atmosphere. Inside a hot-pink studio peppered with stationary and spinning poles, Allison and her crew walk students of all levels through a number of creative pole-dancing moves, beginning with spins and working up to inversions, choreography routines, and ceiling-fan impersonations.

Their expertise doesn’t stop there, though. The instructors also offer an arsenal of other sensual classes such as belly-dancing, hoop dancing, poi fire dancing, and Curvesque, which helps whittle waists and define the feminine form through fluid, dance-inspired movements. They also offer the more-traditional fitness classes of Zumba and body blast, along with yoga and its elevated counterpart—aerial yoga, which suspends students in a fabric sling hung from the ceiling.

Customer Reviews

The Studio and Staff are amazing. I love taking my friends there to give them a taste of what they have to offer. One of the best places in all of Idaho to get a unique work out!
Susan L. · June 16, 2013
It's a delight to have this kind of venue to play with expressive movement. It feels like a safe environment.
Tink · April 14, 2013
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Thank you, we work hard to keep feeling safe and happy:) Im so glad you enjoy it!
Merchant replied · April 17, 2013
Love the class and the atmosphere. Very friendly and Instructors were extremely knowledgeable.
Donna H. · April 13, 2013
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Thank you for coming in to take classes!
Merchant replied · April 17, 2013

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