Ancient yogis were famed for their ability to live in solitude, to exist in peace with nature, and to turn into raccoons whenever they were near a garbage can. Transform yourself into a beacon of stretchy peace with today's Groupon: for $24, you get 24 classes at Yoga Shelter (a $285 value). Choose between the following locations: Grosse Pointe, West Bloomfield, Royal Oak, and Birmingham.
Yoga Shelter emphasizes the communal aspects of the ancient posture-laden practice, hosting a variety of classes helmed by experienced instructors and appropriate for all experience levels and yogic sensibilities. More intense posers can practice their downward dogs and inverted librarians with The Ripper, an amped-up Vinyasa-based class that builds strength. Languid limbers can opt for a slow flow class, which focuses on the meditative aspects of Sanga yoga with breath work and long poses. Yoga Shelter also offers fusion classes, such as Xflowsion, which blends yoga with dance and martial-arts moves to prepare participants for dance offs with black-belt-toting stoats.
Cityvoters named Yoga Shelter the fourth best Yoga Studio in 2010:
- Yoga Shelter is truly a gift to yourself! You can't ask for better instructors, classes and the people you are at practice with make it even more inspiring. Thank You for making my life happier! – Carmen K.
- The teachers are laid back and encouraging. The music they play is great and the setting is just awesome. – Jonkung88
At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”