Greeting the morning with a sun salutation calms your mind for the day ahead and garners celestial favor in case of fistfights with the moon. Get on the sun's good side with today's Groupon: for $20, you get eight Hatha yoga classes at Yoga Seva Studio in Crystal Lake (a $101 value).
Yoga Seva Studio's certified instructors guide patrons of all fitness and skill levels through the fundamentals of Hatha-style yoga in a schedule of small-group classes. During beginning yoga sessions, expert benders demonstrate basic poses and strengthen deep-breathing skills until students can blow down a house of straw. Tweaks to traditional postures simplify slower-paced gentle yoga classes, and special-needs classes allow pupils to work at their own pace as long as they can climb from chair to floor without assistance. Yoga for fitness cultivates the growing skills of active learners who have experience and usurped meditation pillows beneath their belt, intertwining movement and breath through sun salutations, balanced poses, and a sprinkling of intermediate poses.
Lime and yellow walls ring 1,000 square feet of hardwood floors where Yoga Seva Studio's students stretch beneath muted lighting. The studio provides mats to borrow or roll up and swing at clingy stressors, but recommends that patrons bring their own.
Yoga Seva Studio
Ann Waring, the director of Yoga Seva Studio, takes yoga teaching seriously. Her passion drove her to earn multiple certifications from proven yoga masters and attend quarterly trainings. Supported by a team of talented teachers, Ann and her instructors guide students through a blend of demonstration, explanation, and hands-on pose adjustments to help them attain optimal states of fitness and well being. Each of her 70-minute classes blend yoga poses, or asanas, with meditation and breathing techniques that encourage deeper levels of understanding self and this ancient process in a beautiful custom built studio. Over time, Hatha yoga regimens can catalyze weight loss, help relieve chronic pain, and boost flexibility.