Balance and stillness come in handy in a range of occupations, from security guard to semiprofessional freeze-tag player. Hone hirable attributes with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get 12 drop-in yoga classes at Yoga Now in Keego Harbor (a $160 value).
Yoga Now’s attentive mat maestros, working from the mindset that yoga should never be as rigorous as an Olympic-style Twister marathon, gently guide students of all skill levels through a range of drop-in classes designed to cultivate pliability and serenity. The Gentle Yoga class eases namaste novices into elongating poses such as downward dog and half-eaten pretzel, and the Better Backs class works to alleviate pain in the body’s stern by stretching hips and backs as well as by strengthening core muscles. The Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga varieties keep balanced bodies in motion during a fluid tapestry of fast-paced poses performed within a heated room for greater flexibility. Or stop by for the Candlelight Yoga class, a session performed in the flickering luminescence of a burning wick, which creates a peaceful ambience ideal for centering the body and mind or gathering around the firelight for a spooky story about the fabled hook-handed warrior pose. Yoga Now also provides in-studio props and mats if needed.
Yoga Now emanates a serene spa-like atmosphere, boasting hardwood studio floors and leafy accents. Guests can unwind before class by sipping a complimentary ginger tea or herbal tonic, a great remedy for eschewing the modern stresses of work and tamagotchi husbandry.
Yoga Now feels as much like a spa as it does a yoga studio. Plush couches and wooden shelves stacked with rolled-up mats greet guests in the lobby, giving a foretaste of the serene inner spaces. Classes take place in windowed rooms that look out onto the beautiful Dollar Bay and secluded enclaves lined with hardwood floors set the tone for soothing candlelit sessions.
This is all in keeping with the studio's mission of inclusion and comfort. Everyone, from seasoned yogis to beginning students to clients recovering from injuries, finds a place at the table. Its diverse collection of five class styles includes gentle introductory classes as well as innovative advanced courses. Each class is conducted by the studio's staff of Yoga Alliance–certified instructors and held beneath the soft lanterns of the private studio.
2141 Cass Lake Rd.
Keego Harbor, Michigan 48320