Yoga, like sword ownership and sleeping, is an ancient practice whose benefits are just now being appreciated. Reap the rewards of ancient ways of life with today's Groupon: $19 gets you five 75-minute yoga classes (up to a $70 value) at The Lab.
At The Lab, a small staff of dedicated instructors focuses on the physicality and athleticism of yoga. Three levels of power-flow yoga classes steady your puppeteer's shaky hands with a rigorous core workout while improving your flexibility, strength, balance, and ability to open a pickle jar taped to your back with targeted poses. The Lab's simple studios, which have plenty of windows, white brick walls, and wood floors, also house private tango lessons, although this Groupon is not valid for such lessons; the studio's secondary dance-focus creates the pleasant aroma of disciplinary interaction and freshly baked gingerbread. Click here to see the schedule, which has plenty of weekday evening offerings.
Over the span of more than a decade teaching yoga, founder and instructor Carmen Aguilar crafted her own signature style called cYoga, which caters to practitioners of all experience levels. While still drawing from more traditional forms of yoga, Aguilar spices things up by constantly rotating the sequence of poses to match the capabilities or moods of her students and to ensure that no two classes are ever alike. To give participants a boost of confidence as they pursue their goal of getting in shape or successfully imitating a rotini noodle during charades, she and her team of instructors strive to help every student to accomplish at least one difficult pose per class.
The airy studio cultivates a modern and industrial vibe with its exposed piping and gauzy white sheers that soften the row of windows. The studio's schedule also features a tango-dancing class, which is taught by an internationally acclaimed dancer, and capoeira classes, which teach a Brazilian art form fusing dance, gymnastics, and self-defense.