Although bar-exam prep classes can help you to stay out of jail, yoga classes can help you to sneak out of jail by twisting through the bars. Bend around the rules with today's Groupon: for $30, you get five classes at Spirit Bear Power Yoga in Natick (up to a $75 value).
The certified instructors at Spirit Bear guide budding yogis through energizing Vinyasa power-flow classes catered to accommodate all levels of experience. The packed schedule features a variety of yoga styles that, like salsa and the temperaments of Greek gods, come in either the hot or mild variety. Sixty- to 90-minute power-flow classes are served at 95 degrees with a side of 40%–50% humidity to help students to flush away toxins as they build strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility. Rhythmic-flow classes add music to the mix to increase hip-swivel circumference. Relax and Restore classes expose students to a 75-minute mat meeting that ends with a 15-minute meditation to quiet any bickering between the mind and the body.
Yogis should arrive 10 minutes early to check in and, if need be, use one of the facility's changing rooms or restrooms. Mats, water, towels are available to rent for $2 each, though students are encouraged to bring their own equipment.
Spirit Bear Power Yoga
Performing yoga can balance the mind and body, but it won’t help save bears at risk for extinction. Unless, of course, if you’re working Spirit Bear Power Yoga. Named after the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, a non-profit geared towards protecting the snowy white Spirit Bear, the studio simultaneously raises awareness of the animal’s plight while hosting a range of yoga courses led by certified instructors with either 200 or 500 hours of training under their belts.
These nature-minded teachers specialize in heated Vinyasa flow yoga, held in a 95-degree room. The heat, coupled with the graceful poses, works to increase flexibility, deepen stretches, and expose any snowmen secretly masquerading as yogis. Outside their heated sessions, they lead candlelit classes, as well as classes backed by electronica and reggae tunes.