Yoga is a much easier way to exercise both mind and body than testing Einstein's theory of relativity by racing a beam of light. Avoid a science-related sprain with today's Groupon: for $44, you get one month of unlimited classes at Yoga at Change in San Mateo (a $175 value).
Yoga at Change bends students toward fitness, health, balance, and a holistic approach to living. The studio is bolstered by a team of friendly, enthusiastic yoga gurus trained to help students sweat and stretch their way to serenity and extra energy until they're more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America. With a plethora of classes ranging from gentle to specialty yoga traditions, students of all fettle and experience learn and practice the downward dog, upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Ninety-minute classes scheduled throughout the week allow students the flexibility to learn flexibility and peace of mind with classes such as Daily Meditation, Morning Vinyasa, and Slow Flo. Moms can also bond with baby while striking a pose in the Mom and Baby class.
Benefits from yoga practices include stretching, can which relieve stiffness and pain; it also increases flexibility and strength (deep core muscles support each pose), which can improve range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to lithely climbing the corporate ladder, seeing over the steering wheel, and bending over backward for demanding pets.
Yoga at Change
Where as many people prefer to chat with others during lunchtime, patrons of Yoga at Change look forward to quieting their minds. These 30-minute meditation sessions occur three times a week, and like the rest of the non-profit's curriculum, strive to inject some introspection into otherwise bustling days. Though "yoga" is in the studio's title, meditation figures heavily in many of its class and workshop offerings—Slow Flow yoga mixes it with Hatha poses, and Integral lessons combine chanting, meditation, and restful movements. Mothers can also channel meditative energy during Mom Baby Yoga and Yoga with Babysitting, specialty classes that allow them to engage in relaxing postures and meditation while staying connected to their little ones, who spend the sessions stretching out with their parent, sleeping, or playing.
The holistic philosophy of Yoga at Change is that all people have the right to spiritual insight, a healthy body, and a peaceful mind. The instructors strive to accomplish this through a blend of self-reflection, breath, and physical balance. The staff believes that there are several roads to wellness, and that all of them should be accessible, regardless of the client's skill level. They schedule several discounted or free demonstrations, and also offer a scholarship program to fund yoga practice for those in need of financial aid. Students attend classes based on their desired intensity—gentle, moderate, or vigorous. They can also register for workshops that address a slew of alternative health topics, which in the past have included treating lower back pain.