From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two drop-in yoga classes (a $24 value) at Practice Yoga on Fifth in the Oregon Arts District. This deal is valid only for traditional Ashtanga and Vinyasa classes, not for prenatal and new beginners series Sunday classes.
Practice Yoga on Fifth focuses on Ashtanga (breath synchronized with fixed postures) and Vinyasa (linking movement with breath) yoga styles, emphasizing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the practice. The staff of talented instructors teaches a varied set of classes appropriate for both beginners and yogis more bendable than taffy warmed in a British child’s pocket. A drop-in beginner's class (currently offered Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.) takes a slow, gentle pace to acquaint brand newbies with postures, and open-level Vinyasa teaches accessible endurance-building, flexibility-enhancing sequences in a room heated to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. More-advanced classes include Hot Vinyasa—a sweaty, stretchy 90 minutes of challenging poses in 95-degree heat—and the Ashtanga primary series, a fast-paced sequence of 72 postures with synchronized breath. See the schedule for dates and times.
Practice Yoga on Fifth is a spacious, inviting studio with parquet floors and bare brick walls (click here to see pictures). Nothing but black-and-white photos of Yoga postures and streaks of sunlight can distract a yogi while he or she is focusing on the practice’s momentous movements, which keep people toned and limber while temporarily storing their worldly worries in a drawer with knick-knacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. See the FAQ page for questions on attire, classes, and more.