Besides yoga, the only activity that hones both concentration and flexibility is trying to strip off your spacesuit in zero gravity after eating a whole plate of moon burritos. Contort the mind and body with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get five Ashtanga yoga classes at The Yoga Room (up to a $100 value).
The Yoga Room’s certified pose prodigy Melanie Fawer has brought Ashtanga yoga to New Orleans from its stretching grounds in Mysore, India. Like dragon-powered hot air balloons, Ashtanga correlates breath and motion, with practitioners maintaining breathing rhythms from one asana (pose) to the next. The Intro to Ashtanga class, strongly recommended, delves into yoga’s substrata to unearth the secrets of basic sequencing, breathing, and form. Except for instructor-led Friday sessions, other classes observe the Mysore tradition, with an instructor on hand for posture and pose corrections.
A class limit of 15 students ensures one-on-one attention from teachers and enough space to unfurl bendy limbs. Natural light filters into the spacious studio through enormous windows on three sides, with a solid fourth wall barring interaction with traveling theater troupes.
4905 Freret St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115