From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's Groupon: for $37, you get five yoga classes at Yoga at the Raven (up to a $75 value).
The seasoned yogis at Yoga at the Raven lead students through Anusara, acrobatic, and therapeutic yoga classes in the 2000-square-foot Kundalini Yoga Center. Seven days per week, students sprawl across mats for a schedule of classes that includes Level 1/2, an introduction to Anusara, which utilizes standing poses, hip openers, and introductory backbends to help align bodies and increase flexibility. Core Awakening sessions stir muscles out of slumber with endurance-building movements and meditation sessions led by an alarm clock, and participants partner up for AcroYoga Thai & Fly's blend of therapeutic Thai massage and acrobatics. Glossy hardwood floors and a large, sunlight-spewing window construct a tranquil environment for body molding, and an outdoor patio swaddles students with vibrant yellow walls and lush greenery demonstrating particularly difficult bends.
The Raven Spa
Guests arriving to The Raven Spa may find themselves feeling like they've traveled a thousand miles away from their everyday cares. The aesthetic is both spiritual and indulgent, with stone statues that stand sentinel beside a plush purple couch and lush, sun-drenched drapes and glistening chandeliers holding court over an eastern-inspired communal massage chamber. A colorful patio overflowing with exotic flowers welcomes visitors to sit and soak in sunlight streaming between red and white umbrellas, creating a peaceful oasis for quiet reading or self-reflection. "Whoever comes here feels like it's their own," a front desk manager told LX TV's 1st Look, "Our whole goal is to take you away from whatever's out there."
The spa's international decor also mirrors its diverse menu of services, which includes acupuncture, facials, and hammam––a traditional Turkish soak that corrals plant extracts and herbs to nourish and detoxify the body. Therapists work out imbedded muscle kinks through seven varieties of massage including traditional Thai massage, which combines rhythmic kneads with yoga-like stretches and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which often sees practitioners using their elbows to nudge tension until it gets the hint and leaves.