Inner peace is like the Sasquatch—many people claim it's real, but most remain skeptical until the moment it seizes them while meditating on a mountaintop. Today’s Groupon brings the bliss: for $25, you get five drop-in classes at Red Lotus Yoga (an $80 value), located in Rochester Hills.
Shimmy into Red Lotus’s soothing confines and pluck worldly worries from your stress-addled body through a wide range of relaxation-inducing classes (valued at $16 each). Classes include beginner-friendly sessions such as gentle yoga or short-form Ashtanga, as well as advanced studies in slow-flow Vinyasa, combination Vin Yin, and the heated healing of Hot Vinyasa. With Red Lotus's experienced staff of talented body-benders, students will increase flexibility, focus breathing, and boost energy while also shedding a snakeskin of stress and sabotaging voodoo hexes. Mat rental costs $1, or you may bring your own.
A convenient schedule offers classes throughout the day (as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 8 p.m. on given days), allowing gummy-limbed students to schedule around work and potato-peeling competitions. Additionally, a sleek and striking studio with spacious, vibrantly lit confines and lustrous wood floors presents an ideal space for practicing optimal stretchiness.
Red Lotus Yoga
Led by studio owner and yoga enthusiast Brian Granader, Red Lotus Yoga's certified instructors move with students of all experience levels through classes in 13 yoga styles. The bright, sunny studio's robust seven-day schedule presents ample opportunities to become acquainted with foundational yoga poses and breathing techniques in slower-paced basic- and gentle-yoga classes. Beginner sessions are set to a comfortable 75 degrees, and during vigorous hot Vinyasa classes, studio temperatures are set as high as the average opossum body temperature—or 95 degrees—as students execute a sequence of poses linked from one to the next with breathing exercises to hone focus and balance. Special events deepen students’ relationships to various aspects of yoga; preregister for an in-depth study of Tibetan Buddhism or sign up for a workshop in reiki or teaching yin yoga.