Ancient yogis were famed for their ability to live in solitude, to exist in peace with nature, and to turn into raccoons whenever they were near a garbage can. Transform yourself into a beacon of stretchy peace with today's Groupon: for $20, you get five classes at Yoga Etc. Studio in St. Petersburg (a $50 value).
Yoga Etc. Studio's friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified to help pliable apprentices sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America. New students and yoga gurus can practice the downward dog, upward dog, and omniscient narrator during 60- to 90-minute classes scheduled throughout the week. Yoga classes such as Vinyasa Flow, Power Flow, Partner Yoga, and Yoga Foundations aim to stretch muscles, relieving stiffness and pain; they can also help increase flexibility and strength, which can improve range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to climbing the corporate ladder, peering over the steering wheel, and fitting inside the kitchen cupboard.
Yoga Etc. Studio
Co-owners Cindy Mastry and Jen Lowery forged the studio's varied yoga curriculum by alloying their extensive training histories. Cindy set off toward inner peace in the 1960s, holding poses alongside her grandmother. Combining her early experiences in yoga with years of dance and fitness training, she opened a home yoga practice and joined the Exalted Warrior Foundation to bring yogic healing to injured military personnel. Jen Lowery studied under several yoga masters to perfect her technique. She deepened her practice by completing an 800-hour Yoga Traditions Philosophy course, led by lauded expert Georg Feuerstein, in a single day.
Despite their rigorous training, Cindy and Jen tend to emphasize the relaxing, fun aspects of yoga through classes in Vinyasa flow, stretching, and partner work. Their own 200-hour course for aspiring yoga teachers imparts the values of 8 Limb Vinyasa flow, covering anatomy, pose sequencing, pedagogic techniques, and ways to climb spider webs without alerting the spider.
3338 Tyrone Blvd.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710