After crocodators, poor fitness is the number one cause of the night-scaries. With today's Groupon, turn the nightmare where you end up bare-bellied in biology class into a dream of goddess-like energy and strong, snake-charming abs. For $18, you can stretch, shimmy, and shape your mind-body connection with any three dance or fitness classes at Studio 1831, a $36 value. Choose from belly dance, yoga, Pilates, samba aerobics, five rhythms dance, and more. Check out Studio 1831's schedule for convenient class times and show up whenever you need a little hip drop, savasana, or roll up.
Located just a brief walk from Center City, Studio 1831 is a sanctuary of shimmy where you can let your inner genie grapevine through the fertile grasses, impregnating the air with confidence and poise. Studio owner Valarina is an accomplished dancer who's been belly dancing for more than two decades and brings her passion for movement and mindfulness to each of the studio's class offerings. Learn the ancient rhythms of belly dance and unveil your potential goddess; though the moves look effortless, they're sure to give your belly and arms a workout. Target your core with Pilates classes, where you'll learn a series of exercises that you can easily replicate at home for extra practice to firm up your abs and strengthen your back. Introduce your muscles to your mind in a yoga class, where your fearless instructor will lead you through a series of poses designed to relax and invigorate both physical and mental, making you feel relaxed and grounded.
Today's deal laughs in the face of routine. Whether you're a meticulously scheduled planner or a cavalier cowboy gallivanting about town, this deal gives you the freedom to come when you feel like it, without a reservation. Finally rebuff your ex's unfair criticism of your predictable routine and lack of spontaneity. Revel in the exotic as you move through the five rhythms dance, a technique designed to help you discover new ways of moving and being in the world. Classes don't just make your body feel great—they'll arm you with confidence that you can carry with you all week.
Citysearchers give Studio 1831 a perfect five stars:
- I love studio 1831?s cozy, intimate atmosphere...She emphasized correct alignment and how to transition safely from one pose to another. The classes were typically small so there was a lot of individual attention and the people there were very friendly and welcoming. – majicmrk
- Attending classes here is often the highlight of my week. I don't think I'd have gotten hooked if Valerie wasn't such an awesome instructor. – Stephanie N
- I'm a little bit heavy - and I have found at Studio 1831 the two things that are most important to me are: I feel comfortable in the classes and the exercises are modified for my abilities. – jadams1971
Poetry of the Body
In addition to being great for you physically and mentally, yoga is also an art of self-expression, paralleled only, perhaps, by the limerick. The real magic, however, happens when the arts of yoga and limerick come together:
There once was a flexible gal,
Whose yogic skills never did fail,
When forgetting her keys,
She just pulled in her knees,
And squeezed through the slot for the mail.
Genevieve’s yogic technique,
Was in serious need of critique,
But her clumsy half-lotus,
Made classmates take notice,
And to her, they chose not to speak.
There was an old Yogi of note,
Who was heard to have said, and I quote,
“It is better to bend,
In the presence of friends,
Barring friends, one could use a small goat.”
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Led by seasoned hatha yoga practitioner Valerie Rushmere, Studio 1831 immerses guests in an environment focused on fitness and spiritual health. Also a master belly dancer who performs under the stage name Valarina, Rushmere leads classes that cover the beguilingly, sinuous shimmies of Egyptian and cabaret-style belly dance as well as friendly, open yoga sessions. In addition to classes, Studio 1831 offers Art of Burlesque girls' nights out, wherein groups of up to 20 learn exotic dance moves.