From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's Groupon: for $12, you get three yoga classes at YogaSource (a $48 value) in Richmond Heights.
Voted Best Yoga Studio on FOX2's Hot List, YogaSource offers a variety of hot and room-temperature yoga classes to help all experience levels tap their potential on the shoulder to say “Namaste.” Trained instructors pose away in two large studio spaces, helping students improve their breathing and alignment. Yoga basics teach beginners the ropes while giving advanced benders a brushup. Shed stress with Power Vinyasa, a fast-paced flow class taught at approximately 85 degrees to recharge minds and bodies with the persistence of pink percussionist bunnies. Cool off with free filtered water during hot yoga and stay hydrated while you meditate.
Yoga, like shooting hoops with your eyes closed, is the successful combination of exercise and meditation. As such, it's important to prepare your body for the poses, so YogaSource recommends that you refrain from eating two to three hours before class, just like before all swim and paintball competitions. Mindfulness is a key factor in practicing yoga, but if you lose it and forget to bring a mat or towel, the studio has ones available for rent ($1 each).
Mat is required for all classes, towel required for Power Vinyasa. Rental fee is not included with Groupon.
CityVoters voted YogaSource St. Louis's Best Yoga Studio this year, with nine CityVoters giving it a five-star average:
- Fantastic teachers, serious, thoughtful and light-hearted - just feels good to be there. – Carol S., CityVoter
The instructors at YogaSource strive to make yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. To meet that goal, they offer eleven types of classes split between two studios, which are kept at different temperatures to accommodate those who prefer to stay calm and cool during practice, as well as those who like to sweat as they stretch. Yoga basics and intro to Hatha classes lead newcomers from pose to pose to build a foundation for future practice, and may incorporate props such as straps, blocks, and donuts that dangle just out of reach. Advanced options include power Vinyasa, where students flow through rigorous poses in 90-degree temperatures believed to help increase flexibility and promote detoxification, as well as the open-level class—known as The Practice—in which instructors and students attempt handstands and other challenging feats.