Practicing yoga increases breath awareness, which is why yogis compose all barbershop quartets. Get in harmony with yourself with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a month of unlimited yoga classes at Valley Vinyasa Yoga Studio in Chesterfield (a $99 value).
Valley Vinyasa’s experienced and certified instructors guide aspiring contortionists through a relaxing gauntlet of flexibility-boosting poses that encourage synchronizing breath with movement. The studio's packed weekly regimen of 60- to 75-minute classes allows patrons to limber up without compromising work commitments or nightly high-stakes Chutes and Ladders games. Jump-start mornings with a 6:30 a.m. Early Bird Yoga class or eschew the midday routine of splitting a sandwich with your computer monitor during a 12 p.m. Lunchtime Yoga class. The beginner-level class fosters nascent body benders by moving at a comfortable pace and focusing on the basic precepts of breath and alignment. More advanced classes offer a faster-paced flow and include arm balances, inversions, and binding postures designed to challenge the most stretchable participants. Though classes are constructed for particular subsets of yoga experience, instructors readily improvise modified routines so students can individualize their sessions and alter poses to suit their needs while still providing a challenge.
After noticing a lack of yoga studios in western St. Louis County, enthusiastic student and yoga advocate Jennifer Hojnacki founded Valley Vinyasa and set out to share the ujjayi breaths and down dogs she credits for centering and clarifying her life. The new studio provides an atmosphere that facilitates relaxing, stimulating, soul-centering practice for students of all levels. The earth-toned walls and glossy wooden floor frame the open space, and convenient stuff-stashing cubbies can be used to temporarily stow cumbersome chain mail. Any comfortable, loose-fitting garb will do for each mind-body workout, and mats are available to borrow for students who have not crafted one out of old fruit roll-ups.