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 $42, you get a 10-class card at Yoga In Motion (a $120 value).
Yoga in Motion makes room for humans of every make and model in its tranquil studio, which is trimmed in wood floors, vibrant yellow and orange walls, and mirrors that will identify with your every fish pose and sweat bead. The schedule stars Vinyasa yoga classes, which combine mindful-breathing techniques and slow, connective movements to gently produce body heat, ease joint tension, and increase muscle strength and flexibility. Beginners can warm up to the basics in an Intro to Gentle Yoga Flow class; after that, technical challenges increase in easy-beginner, beginner, and intermediate flow levels until yogis are flexible enough to touch their toes and calm enough to touch someone else’s. For a slightly different conditioning flavor, Core Focus packs a powerful abdominal punch during one-hour sessions designed to strengthen the body's nucleus.
Effie L. Wood leads Yoga in Motion's team of certified instructors in stretching, strengthening, and smiling at students, bringing more than 20 years of fitness-industry experience to the yoga rink. In addition to enhancing strength and flexibility, regularly practicing yoga can greatly improve the mind-body-spirit connection, much to the chagrin of mind-body-spirit separatists.
Yoga in Motion
It's true that practicing yoga can result in a stronger core, improved posture, and other physical benefits. But at Yoga in Motion, those benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. The studio's teachers also work to give students effective tools to de-stress the mind, helping them find emotional peace even during stressful times like finals week at school or shouting week at work. There are welcoming classes for people at every step of the journey to wellness—the gentle postures of beginner classes bring stress relief and loosen tight joints, while more advanced classes such as power yoga take students deeper into their yoga practice.
Yoga isn't the only type of healing that goes on in this peaceful space, which is lined with blond wood floors and walls the color of mahogany. The studio also hosts dance therapy and sacred chanting sessions. A holistic healer named Maria conducts Pranic healing sessions, working to optimize the body's energies through touch-free energy work.