A dash of heat adds an extra element of difficulty to yoga, much like a dash of butterscotch adds another level of flavor to a powdered wig. Sweat respectably with today's Groupon to Shakti Vinyasa Yoga. Today's deal is valid at all three Shakti studios located in Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Choose from the following options:
• For $39, you get at 10-class pass (a $125 value).
• For $44, you get an eight-class introductory series (a $88 value).
At each of Shakti Vinyasa Yoga's sanctuaries of serenity, students are greeted by an airy, golden-hued studio and a dynamic style of yoga that syncs breathing with continuous movement. All three facilities employ experienced instructors and unite a duo of Vinyasa styles that represent the tradition's long-standing devotion to endurance, flexibility, and the reincarnation of spandex shorts. Level 1.0 classes introduce body-benders to Baptiste power Vinyasa yoga and churn through a 90-minute series of 53 poses. Aimed at sculpting and toning the body, each stance proves easily modifiable for mat-letes of all skill levels. Conversely, Shakti Level 3 classes caters to seasoned stretchers with at least six months of experience, as physical moves––such as back bending, inversions, and hip openings––serve up a greater anatomical challenge than a breakdance battle between plastic surgeons. All class levels beyond the introductory series commence amid a classroom stoked to temperatures of 88–90 degrees, the ideal temperature for warming muscles and detoxifying the system. Check out the Bellevue, Ballard, and Redmond studios' schedules to pick your 10 classes.
For yogis still wet behind the elbows, Shakti Vinyasa Yoga's eight-class introductory series revolves around the fine-tuning of beginners' bendiwork amid a studio heated to a slightly less sizzling 84–86 degrees. A senior instructor and supporting gaggle of assistants traverse each 30- to 50-student session, tweaking poses and guiding yoganauts through the progression of stances seen in Baptiste classes. Although it is the marquee class for new students, many stretchers enlist in the 90-minute biweekly course several times in order to master the Baptiste routine or regain suppleness lost after a summer road trip in a clown car.
SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga
From a six-month journey across the Indian subcontinent to graduating as one of the first yogis ever to be certified by Baptiste yoga creator, Baron Baptiste, there’s seldom been a dull moment in Lisa Black’s 12-year history with yoga. She even invented her own style of yogic practice called SHAKTI Vinyasa yoga in 2003. With the help of a fleet of instructors that she personally certified, she brings her wealth of experience to each class she teaches through SHAKTI Vinyasa Yoga’s studio locations.
All locations provide a venue for renowned yogis to visit and hold workshops while passing or levitating through town. The brightly lit, hardwood-floored rooms have hosted such experts as Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, and Ana Forrest.