Yoga is one of the world's oldest forms of exercise, second only to holding the earth on your shoulders. Practice ancient athleticism with today's Groupon: for $45, you get two weeks of unlimited classes at The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga (a $90 value).
Yoga guru Jimmy Barkan and his team of enthusiastic instructors cultivate physical and mental balance with signature hot-yoga techniques at The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga. The studio's flexible schedule accommodates busy students and roosters seeking spiritual balance with crack-of-dawn classes and weekend sessions. Pupils unroll their mats in comfortable studios accented by warm tones and wall-mounted candelabras, or occasionally gather oceanside as nearby palm trees take extensive notes on form. Inside, balmy temperatures limber muscles and ease tension in hot Vinyasa classes, where students swiftly flow through upper-body exercises and invigorating asanas. Instructors guide students through sustained stretches in the moderate temperatures of warm-yoga classes, adjusting poses to aid students recovering from injuries or games of freeze tag taken too literally. Students can pop in during their lunch breaks to cycle through a fast-paced series of poses during power-hour yoga, or tote blocks and straps to a warm-yoga-with-hip-openers class to keep hips flexible enough to challenge dashboard hula dolls to dance-offs.
The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga
The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga is a product of numerous influences. Developed by a master yoga instructor, Jimmy Barkan, the practice originated in Calcutta, India, where Jimmy began infusing Hatha-yoga postures and movements with those of other disciplines. Today, on the other side of the globe, his instructors host each class in rooms heated to warm or hot levels, which not only helps stretch limbs, but also strengthens muscle groups and defrosts the poultry they plan on eating later. Following in Jimmy’s footsteps, these teachers bolster their knowledge of the discipline by earning certification from the Barkan Method and recognition from Yoga Alliance.