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 $35, you get six drop-in yoga classes at Second Wind Yoga in Agawam (a $72 value).
Second Wind Yoga's studio anchors limbs in an adobe-walled practice space, priming bodies for revitalizing Hatha and Vinyasa classes with its calming, centering simplicity. Approachable instructors helm a schedule of 75-minute sessions Monday–Saturday, guiding capped classes of 15–16 attendees. Students can unfurl their personal mats or use rented ones ($1) for early-morning and evening sessions of challenging Vinyasa and accessible, gentle Hatha postures. The cascading asanas and the surging breaths of Vinyasa classes integrate exhalations into the fluid transitions between poses, allowing breath to enhance the benefit of movement, not unlike practicing the trumpet while on a trampoline. Hatha classes ease newbies, meditative students, and those with limited mobility into the yogic shallow end by focusing on basic postures and relaxation techniques in order to foster a familiarity with yoga practice. During all classes, instructors focus on helping students to become comfortable with yoga and achieve correct alignment and form, keeping a friendly eye out for limbs, spines, and wayward ponytails in need of adjustment.
Second Wind Yoga
At Second Wind Yoga, students unroll their mats in a carpeted studio lit by soft lamps. Instructors walk them step by step through the poses and breath work of various styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, and gentle yoga. They also offer chair yoga and hot yoga, whose high temperatures induce sweating to help flush out bodily toxins.