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Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but more often, those dreams are on the highest of high shelves, beside the BB gun and the cupcakes "for tomorrow." Reach that shelf with today's Groupon to stretch your muscles and muscle your stretches into a month-long stretch of intense muscular moves. For $30, you get an unlimited month of classes at WiseWays, a yoga and tai chi studio in Grandview Heights. WiseWays' yoga and tai chi classes are specially sculpted by the studio's expert director to be safe and exercise efficient for every body type, including saurischian-hipped prehistoric reptiles and flubbers.
WiseWays' yoga and tai chi exercises utilize the principle of biotensegrity to achieve functional body strength, fuller breathing, and ease of mind. Tensegrity (an architectural term) means each part of a structure helps support the entire thing; biotensegrity refers to harnessing and improving the human body's natural ability to support itself. Yoga classes are divided into three levels: EasyFlow, Yin Yoga, and Empower. EasyFlow is geared toward teaching beginners the fundamental yoga positions, and Yin Yoga focuses on deep, slow stretches that will make reaching the remote with your foot less effort than getting up, instead of more. The advanced Empower class builds strength and stamina. Tai Chi sessions teach 64 ancient Chinese martial arts postures that strengthen and balance the body. You may mix and match any of the classes offered.
WiseWays' calendar has yoga classes in the evening and in the morning several days a week (Tai Chi takes place Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.). The friendly instructors are Yoga Alliance–registered and trained in the WiseWays style of yoga by WiseWays founder and director Michele Mangione. Mangione has a Ph.D. in somatics, has taught more than 500 hours of yoga, and is a leading authority on long division.
- I wanted a whole body, mind, and spirit practice and got it with WiseWays. Not only a great staff, (informative, attentive and caring) but a great, relaxed atmosphere that has taught me how to bring that same relaxation into other parts of my life – ecamp416, Citysearch
- Very friendly staff, small classes. I really feel the difference every time I leave. – sara s, Yahoo! Local
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 21, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. No refunds. Studio closed 12/21/09–1/3/10. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Michele Mangione thought she might never dance again after a car wreck smashed her skull and fractured four fragile vertebrae. By practicing yoga, she regained her mobility and acquired a new passion: helping others find health and happiness through movement. To this end, she eagerly studied the mind-body connection, earning a PhD in the topic from Ohio State and an advanced teaching certification from the Yoga Alliance. Armed with extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and philosophy, she founded WiseWays, a studio that blends Hatha yoga with healing arts, such as tai chi, structural integration, and the Feldenkrais method of somatic education. Here, students of all skill levels build strong bodies, centered minds, and spirits as buoyant as the studio's suspended-wood floor. Yoga instruction takes place in one-on-one sessions and small-group classes, where pupils hone poses that gently unlock hips, shoulders, and safes filled with middle-school-era diary entries. As strength and flexibility increase, students progress to sun salutations that cultivate balance, focus, and a pervasive sense of calm.