Yoga teaches people how to sustain poses while still breathing, a skill most yogis use to live undetected in wax museums. Trick a tourist with today's Groupon: for $49, you get 10 classes at Yoga Loft (a $120 value).
By leading a schedule of more than 30 classes each week, Yoga Loft's team of certified instructors help students of all experience levels hone their yoga practice. Flow Fundamentals classes acquaint beginners with the continuous postures that make up the flowing Vinyasa style, concentrating on proper technique and linking movements with mindful breaths. Teachers combine elements of mat Pilates with healing Hatha poses during Core Pour Hour, where efficient floor exercises help toughen cores to support delicate spines and deflect tickle attacks from overzealous Muppets. On Fridays, upbeat music bounces off the studio walls, helping motivate students through Yoga Jamz sessions. During this light-hearted, Vinyasa-based class, stretchers can build strength as they vogue from pose to pose while popular tunes energize sleepy spirit sloths.
Surrounded by brick walls and serene statues, a small group follows an instructor, moving together through poses both comforting and challenging. The Yoga Alliance–certified teachers offer hands-on corrections and encouragement to all their students during moves that range from gentle hip openers in the beginning Bliss class to balance-testing headstands in the eclectic Yoga Blend class. In addition to their regular classes, instructors also lead workshops designed to appeal to all sorts of students, covering such subjects as yoga and creative writing, aerial yoga, and body wisdom, which teaches students to listen to their bodies and then forget any crazy-person mumbling they hear.