Yoga challenges the mind and body without the violence and hurt feelings of full-contact chess. Steer clear of overaggressive pawns with today's Groupon: for $59, you get 10 yoga classes at Yoga Nanda in Garden City (a $150 value).
Yoga Nanda's team of dedicated instructors, many of whom have traveled to India to study yoga and are versed in Sanskrit, leads 17 different yoga classes in a spacious 1,500-square-foot studio. Polished bamboo floors and candle-lit rooms create an inviting atmosphere during the studio's robust schedule of classes. During Beginners Flow sessions, new students learn the poses, continuous transitions, and breathing techniques that make up the Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga styles. Instructors in Iyengar yoga classes take a systematic approach, helping pupils achieve the correct position with supportive props, such as blocks and Lincoln Logs. Students aged 13–17 strengthen bookbag-carrying muscles during teen yoga, in which additional activities, such as journaling, meditation, and group discussions, strive to instill healthy doses of self-esteem and flawless penmanship.
Yoga Nanda schedules more than 40 classes a week in a variety of yoga styles, including Hatha flow, kids yoga, prenatal yoga, and Vinyasa flow. Classes are taught by highly knowledgeable and dedicated instructors, many of whom have studied yoga in India.