Look, yoga can be great, but there's something insincere and unsettling about those yoga video instructors who project an otherworldy peace. Their soothing voices seem to say, “Everything is all right here in the Mesa Desert. There’s no one here but me, you, and my off-screen film crew. Just pay attention to the tranquility surrounding you, and please disregard when I comb my hair with my forked alien tongue; it’s either a facial tick or a desert mirage, but either way, it’s rude of you to stare.”
Why can’t yoga instruction come from a human living in our world? A human that listens to modern pop hits instead of synthesized panpipe melodies. A human that knows yoga helps one attain a higher state of mental calm, but it can also be a good, hard workout. An instructor who admits that we’re not in the Mesa Desert, we’re in a yoga studio (albeit a very nice one). Someone who isn’t constantly eating sandwiches during the instruction. As it turns out, that kind of yoga instruction exists at The Yoga Pad, and today’s Groupon discount on its power yoga classes is exactly what you’ve been waiting for.
Yoga has many long-term health benefits, including better flexibility and increased energy. Although a typical yoga workout can be challenging, it can also be mundane. Why not spice it up with bumpin' music and high-energy instructors? With today's Groupon you can. For only $30, you get five power yoga classes at The Yoga Pad, located at 1690 Union St. That's 63% off the normal $80 price. Yoga is even better with a posse, so get a group of your friends in on today’s deal and attend the classes together.
The recently opened Yoga Pad offers classes at all levels, making yoga accessible to everyone regardless of age, fitness level, and number of Xbox LIVE achievements. The power yoga classes are not your typical sit-and-stretch routines. Instead you’ll be engaged in high-energy aerobic movement accompanying all the great yoga stretches. The Pad’s friendly, knowledgeable instructors will help you build strength, flexibility, and balance of body and mind to the tune of contemporary pop music. This isn't your grandmother's yoga class where women wore full-body corsets that only allowed finger movement; this is a high-energy class that will get you moving and panting.
The Yoga Pad studio is known for its clean, modern design to ensure you have a great workout in a beautiful environment. New to yoga and don't have a mat? Mat rental is free with your Groupon! Check out The Yoga Pad's class schedule and drop in anytime.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian's blog called The Yoga Pad facilities "airy, modern, and bright, with decor that is a little bit Philip [sic] Starck and a little bit Anthropologie catalogue."
Yelpers give it a near-perfect 4.5 stars. Here are their cyber-musings:
- "My second visit came about two days later, where I rose early to meet Lily for 6:30am Power Yoga. What a way to start the day! If you can, get up and take this class. Lily employs a cool mix of music to guide you through the class and teaches by candlelight. She's really tuned into movement, which you can tell just by watching her. She too is about giving you an adequate workout, which, for me, is so refreshing." – candace a.
- "It's simply great! Great teachers, great atmosphere, great music, great workout!! Just a fun and inviting place to be on any day of the week!!" – Ilana I.
- "The Pad is what a yoga studio should be! Extremely inviting environment, kind and knowledgable [sic] owners and instructors, good music during your session and blood orange water!!" – Kimberly P.
The Pad Studios
It was Lily Riesenfeld and Leila Burrows’ respective passions for Pilates and yoga that spawned The Pad, a tranquil wellness center highlighted by geometric mirrors and Victorian-chic accent walls. Featured in SF Yoga Magazine, The Pad caters to men and women of all ages and fitness levels by offering a diverse schedule of private, duet, and group yoga and Pilates classes. Skilled instructors, each with their own set of specializations, lead sessions ranging from Vinyasa power to prenatal and postpartum classes, helping students find balance through controlled breathing, strategic movements, and attempts to drip all sweat beads into a single thimble. The studio is set at a consistent 75 degrees, keeping muscles warm and toxins crawling far away from bodies.
1690 Union St
San Francisco, California 94123Get Directions