What You'll Get
This Groupon gently stretches your muscles and joints, a pleasant sensation primarily sought after by bungee cords and Laffy Taffies. For $50, you get 10 yoga classes at The Bhaktishop, an energetic studio offering more than 30 classes each week. It's perfect for Oregon Country Fair–goers who have undergone too much fair.
Bhaktishop offers a variety of classes seven days a week. For a beginner-friendly class, go with Opening Flow 1, a breath and alignment class that focuses on the fundamentals of flowing vinyasa yoga. For the seasoned vinyasa vet, try the seasoned Ecstatic Flow 3, which encourages you to break old habits with creative expression. If you want an organic wake-up call, try the midlevel solar flow class. If you're bearing a baby, the prenatal flow class will help you discover yourself on the journey to motherhood.
The Bhaktishop’s friendly, enthusiastic instructors know how to help students open and breathe until they feel calm and revitalized. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, upward dog, or the Omniscient Narrator pose.
Yoga stretches your muscles, relieving stiffness and pain; it also increases flexibility and strength (deep core muscles support each pose), which will improve your range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to becoming a better circus performer, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel.
Bhaktishop's motto is "We love you," a mantra its instructors take to heart by creating an incredibly friendly, comfortable environment for expressing creativity through yoga. Yoga alone may not cure all the stresses of the city, but yoga plus Bhaktishop-style love will help you confront anything Portland throws at you. For example, say you're riding your bike with an open cup of freshly brewed coffee and the torrential Portland rain suddenly rolls around, watering down your coffee and adding unwanted stress to your day; Bhaktishop will take your metaphorical watery coffee and lovingly transform it into a stress-free, robust, organic, delicious dark roast: the dark roast of yoga.
Note: You must complete all 10 classes before your Groupon expires.
- The Bhakti shop has an enthusiastic and united feel to it, offering special events including Kirtan, guest workshops and even yoga in the park. – Laura Scher, Examiner.com
- The Bhaktishop Is More than Just Another Yoga Studio – Majorie Skinner, Portland Mercury
- There is a lot of love at this new Southeast Portland studio, where owners Diana Hulet and Lisa Mae Osborn infuse 30-plus weekly classes with the spirit of bhakti—Sanskrit for “love and devotion”—in the form of self-guided meditation and group chanting. – Stacey Wilson, Portland Monthly
New Words for Common Concepts
The Bhaktishop takes its name from the Sanskrit word bhakti, which means love and devotion. Unfortunately, the English language doesn’t have a single word that encapsulates those two concepts. Here are other common, wordier concepts, succinctly boiled down to one word:
- Wanting a bite of your date’s dessert, but not being comfortable enough in the relationship to ask for one: undessertainty
- Badly wanting to tell Scott he’s going to be fired, but having to keep it to yourself because you only found out by reading a mistakenly addressed email: Scottenfreude
- Telling people you studied philosophy in college when really you studied communications but wanted to study philosophy: degreption
- You expected bears, but you didn’t expect this many bears: underticibeared
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 4, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Must complete all classes prior to expiration date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.