Yoga is a much easier way to exercise both mind and body than testing Einstein's theory of relativity by racing a beam of light. Avoid a science-related sprain with today's Groupon: for $20, you get three yoga classes at The Awareness Center in Pasadena (a $45 value).
For nearly 40 years, skilled instructors have helped melt tension and foster holistic balance through Kundalini yoga classes at The Awareness Center. The center's schedule is filled with 60- to 75-minute lessons, each of which incorporates energy-boosting stretches, supportive mantras, and meditative relaxation. Heighten self-awareness without elaborate mirror suits in Kundalini yoga, which imparts individualized techniques to emphasize breathing and meditation. Hatha yoga whimsically weaves measured breathing with dynamic movements to facilitate muscle flexibility and improve posture. Specialized prenatal yoga spiritually centers expectant mothers with strengthening exercises, empowering chants, and motivational storks, and 90-minute 12-step yoga fuses inspirational literature and intensive meditation to help battle addiction. The Awareness Center also conducts lessons in Spanish for participants looking to calm a tense tilde.
The Awareness Center
Owner and instructor Wahe Guru Kaur has more than a decade of experience that she shares with both students and the 20 other teachers on The Awareness Center's staff. Students of all levels benefit from her center’s seven-day-a-week schedule packed with Kundalini yoga and meditative practices. Each of the Kundalini sessions—which include beginner-friendly sessions and pre-natal—kicks-off with a mantra and warmup before students bend and stretch their way through a series of postures enhanced by deep-breath work, positive affirmations, and meditation. The Awareness Center also incorporates other healing practices into their daily offerings including Reiki certifications, teacher trainings, and sacred breathing circles, which utilize drumming, music, and Tibetan singing bowls well-versed in the entire KC and the Sunshine Band repertoire.
The Awareness Center’s classes and friendly instructors aren’t the only aspect of the business that inspires a sense of calm and relaxation. Zen-inspired decor covers the spacious center, from the hardwood-floor studio dimly lit by elegant chandeliers to the outdoor patio lined with hanging and potted plants.