Being able to bend over and touch one's toes shows a moderate degree of flexibility, but being able to bend over and touch another's heart inspires '80s power ballads. Test the limits of your bending prowess with today's Groupon: for $28, you get 10 yoga classes at Sutra Yoga (a $108 value). This deal is good for new clients only. Sutra Yoga's staff of experienced instructors teaches yoga from a holistic perspective, aiming to strengthen the physical, spiritual, and mental lives of students. Sutra Yoga specializes in three types of yoga, each one catering to varying skill levels. Surya yoga, practiced in a 90-plus-degree studio, focuses not only on core work but the full body through breathing, muscle strength, and distinguishing which bodies of water are mirages. Prana Vinyasa, Sanskrit for breath, life force, or energy, attempts to revitalize and reconnect practitioners to their life force through mantra and physical flow. Finally, Yin yoga emphasizes three- to 10-minute-long holds of gentle poses, with the class culminating in guided meditation and a hug from Mother Earth. There are more than 20 flexibility-filled classes scheduled each week, and childcare is even offered for students who attend Monday or Tuesday classes at noon.
Yelpers give Sutra Yoga an average of 4.5 stars:
- The studio offers a sacred, cozy, comfortable space to explore all of the elements of yoga. I often tell others that it feels like I am in a friend's personal garden when I practice there. Quaint and friendly, Sutra provides every practitioner (regardless of experience) the opportunity to learn and grow physically and spiritually in the way that honors each person's inner guide and infinite wisdom. – Kelly A.
Sutra Yoga and Wellness Center
Amber Tande and Colin Patterson—the brains behind the vegetarian restaurant Sutra—also pour their passion for healthy living into their bhakti-style studio, Sutra Yoga and Wellness Center. They make it easy for students to join them, too, since their seven-day-a-week schedule consists of more than 20 classes in three yoga styles: Surya yoga, a heated yoga class that focuses on strengthening the core; Prana Vinyasa, a flow yoga class that incorporates chants and breath work; and gentle flow stress reduction, which is just a bunch of people smashing a junked gramophone with hammers. Students can also join in mantra-and-vocal-toning sessions—evening classes designed to bring peace to the mind and spirit—or opt for Swedish massages or myofascial-release sessions with resident therapist Sarah Wottlin. Sutra offers all-ages childcare during certain classes and even hosts events such as monthly organic dinner parties at Sutra restaurant.