Yoga is unique in that it is the only medieval physical fitness art that does not involve firing crossbows at a grendel. Bend and stretch bloodlessly with today's deal: for $35, you get five drop-in yoga classes (an $85 value) at Thrive Yoga in Rockville.
Thrive Yoga offers more than 30 classes a week for any stretching skill level and style. The classes are taught in an artfully designed interior, with stone statues, murals, and cascading waterfalls initiating the mental soothing that comes to fruition during the session. Whip spines into shape at Vinyasa Flow Level 1, a class fit for any age and flexibility level that focuses on breathing and fluid motion. Yin Yoga focuses on lengthening connective tissues, making it easier and less uncomfortable to fit inside a suitcase. For sticking to the yoga basics, classical Hatha is an appropriate option for less-athletic injury sufferers, or those whose legs are actually repurposed baseball bats.
At the helm are husband and wife team Susan and Dave Bowen, who fuse together backgrounds in Vipassana Meditation and ISHTA Yoga (an integrated science of hatha, tantra, and ayurveda). Their team of educated and experienced instructors tempers the intimidation factor of stretching in public without using a portable stretching tent.
New students only. Not valid for prenatal, preteen, teen, or therapeutic yoga. All sessions must be used within 60 days of first class.
While some may view yoga as an effective way to mock the movements of household pets, Thrive Yoga's instructors delve into the art form’s fitness, spiritual, and meditative aspects. A stone pathway snakes through lush foliage growing from walls and decorative rocks, leading the way to a studio with spacious open ceilings and hand-painted artwork on the walls. Here, more than 40 classes and weekly workshops are taught by a staff well versed in making hands-on adjustments to individualize the experience for their students. Studio owner Susan Bowen leads a team of more than 20 instructors, each of whom bring their own expertise and backgrounds to bare as they teach.
In addition to traditional Hatha, Vinyasa flow, and hot-yoga sessions, instructors lead specialized workshops in styles such as prenatal yoga. Another specialty class, aerial yoga, employs the use of silk hammocks to suspend limbs from the floor, which is safer than tying dental floss around a light fixture and hoping for the best. The studio even offers teacher-certification training and engages small private parties with a yoga lesson, meditation, and Reiki healing. Thrive also maintains a boutique of yoga supplements such as mats, props, DVDs, books, and clothing.