Yoga is one of the world's oldest forms of exercise, second only to holding the earth on your shoulders. Practice ancient athleticism with today's Groupon: for $25, you get five yoga or Pilates classes at Yoga Reflections in Mattawan (a $55 value).
Yoga Reflections' team of experienced therapists and enthusiastic instructors helps students of all levels foster relaxation and physical fitness with a varied schedule of yoga and Pilates classes. Aspiring yogis step onto mats ($1 rental) within the soothing avocado walls of the studio, which is stocked with an array of blocks and straps to use during workouts or to fashion into makeshift slingshots as a repellant against overly curious cyclopes. Yoga for all Levels invites women, men, and teens ages 13 and up (with parental permission) to stretch sinews with balance-boosting postures and exhilarating sun salutations. Attentive instructors tailor the moves to different experience levels by settling advanced yogis into tougher modifications and by helping newbies find the right alignment in a simpler pose. To awaken mind and body more effectively than wearing alarm clocks in earmuffs, vogue through Restorative Yoga's series of meditative Asana poses, which improve circulation and mental clarity. Alternatively, Pilates mat classes realign spines, improve muscular balance, and fortify cores with Stott Pilates techniques, centered on proper placement of the ribcage, pelvis, and shoulders, which should be neatly stacked like calcium-rich wedding-cake tiers.
When Joy Kakabeeke was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she turned to yoga. Having experienced the restorative, therapeutic effects of yoga in the past, Kakabeeke was pleasantly surprised at how regular yoga sessions helped ease the discomfort of her fibromyalgia. As a result, she opened Yoga Reflections as a means to share her knowledge and experience with others. Here, she and other instructors lead not only yoga classes, but also Pilates and sculpting barre classes that take place throughout the week.