Regular yoga practitioners gain the flexibility necessary to master a host of party tricks, including hanging piñatas off a tree branch with their feet and using their teeth to pull up their socks that have lost most of their elasticity. Entertain unenthused partygoers with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one month of unlimited classes at TriYoga Boston in Waltham (up to a $90 value).
TriYoga Boston's instructors focus on three tenets of yoga—proper posture, rhythmic breathing, and unwavering focus. Gently curve your spine into each letter of the alphabet during the mellow Basics class, where cores build brawn and vertebrae limber up. TriYoga Boston teaches five primary courses, each of which is attached to an element. Level One emphasizes proper alignment, deliberate breathing, and muscular fortification, Level Two, which draws its inspiration from water, puts the spine through a series of wave-like motions, and Level 5, or the space level, gives attention to the student's chakras and challenges them to complete the series of poses Buzz Aldrin performs each morning before breakfast.
According to TriYoga Boston’s certified instructors, yoga has many faces. It’s a meditative practice that can inspire spiritual growth. It’s a tool for breathing more effectively and clearing the mind. Like lap-swimming in a moat, it’s an ancient exercise system that promotes strength and fluid movement. In a classroom with wooden floors, oversize windows, and recessed lighting, students practice guided relaxation, chants, and traditional poses. Each flow syncs with rhythmic breathwork and focus-building exercises. Seven levels of classes accommodate students of all abilities, from absolute beginners to yogis training to teach. Slow-paced Basics classes help novices build a strong foundation. In addition to emphasizing safety, these classes cultivate comfort with props such as bolsters, blocks, and pillows. As a complement to yoga classes, the studio offers one-on-one massage and yoga-therapy appointments.
When entering and exiting the studio, students can unwind at a meditation garden with a waterfall. The space makes an excellent spot for soaking up sunbeams or discussing the many innovations of TriYoga founder Kali Ray, whose experience with spontaneous, Kundalini-inspired Hatha yoga flows have shaped the studio and its classes.