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 $25, you get five yoga classes at YogaSource (a $74.90 value).
YogaSource offers a variety of hot and room-temperature yoga classes to help students of all experience levels tap their potential on the shoulder to say “Namaste.” Trained instructors bend away in two large studio spaces, helping students improve their breathing and alignment while fostering flexibility and proper posture. Classes such as Yoga Basics and Intro to Hatha Yoga teach beginners the posing ropes while giving advanced benders a brush-up at a slower pace. Shape-shifters looking to get their sweat on can 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, and athletes can enliven all nine bodily senses in Anusara—a class that combines moving, breath, meditation, and sound.
Like shooting hoops with your eyes closed, yoga 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 hours before class, just like before swimming or dance fighting. Mindfulness is a key factor in practicing yoga, but if you lose it and forget to bring a mat or towel, the studio has some available for rent ($1 each).
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.
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