Yoga emphasizes seamless transition between poses, a skill set adopted by the Navy to teach cursive flag semaphore to its sailors. Spell out serene stances with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a Me Time Melt package at Paiva Ayurveda Yoga Spa in Downingtown (a $125 value). The package includes the following:
- One Ginger Soufflé, Peppermint Paradise, or Spice Is Nice facial
- One after-treatment cup of warm, facial-complementing tea
- One yoga class of choice<p>
Under the direction of owner Michele Paiva, the team at Paiva Ayurveda Yoga Spa helps clients slim their bodies and trim their mental stresses. Each Me Time Melt package addresses both muscles and minds, first inviting customers to select from three facial options. The Ginger Soufflé facial aims to increase circulation and detoxification with a clay mask, warm-ginger-oil treatment, and basic rollercoaster-visualization exercises. At the end, ginger tea and a cookie crawl into mouths to cleanse the hard-to-reach skin of back molars. Tingly peppermint oil characterizes the Peppermint Paradise mask, which encourages rosy, healthy skin and is followed by mint tea and a petite chocolate. The Spice Is Nice facial’s combination of clove, cinnamon, and piquant peppercorn help open the sinuses and blast away impurities, followed by a cup of aromatic chai tea. Each facial comes with a light scalp-and-facial massage that most clients’ identical twins will also feel.
After facial pampering, clients can participate in any yoga class of their choice. The attentive guidance and slower pace of Basics classes teach novices common poses and techniques, such as folding your mat into a pocket-sized scroll. Vinyasa Flow courses teach methods for aligning fluid movements with breathing, and Power Yoga uses the same motions in faster-paced, more athletic sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats, towels, and water, but rentals are available for a fee ($4 for a yoga mat; $4 for a towel and water).