Though bending oneself into a pretzel is impressive, being able to hold the pose for long enough to thoroughly bake zen revelations is what separates yoga experts from crocodiles disguised as flour. Contort into fully cooked positions with the help of today's Groupon: for $20, you get one month of unlimited yoga classes at Shapes Yoga Studio in downtown Monroe (a $60 value).
Shapes Yoga Studio accommodates all skill sets and schedules with a variety of morning and evening classes that relieve stress and strengthen and tone bodies. Unfurling limbs like day lilies, students are free to spread across 2,400 square feet of shiny wooden floor, practicing their poses beneath the high ceilings of Shapes' relaxing, restored historical loft. Seated poses are held for 3–5 minutes in Yin yoga classes with the help of controlled breath, meditation, and carbonite freezing. Conversely, yoga/Pilates classes utilize constant movement to build core strength, lengthen muscles, and boost abilities to balance upside down on unicycles. Yoga boogie boot camp similarly molds through movement, helping students gain strength and flexibility through a mix of cardio exercises and challenging postures. Though students are encouraged to bring their own equipment, a limited number of mats, blocks, straps, and balls are available for use at the studio free of charge.