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 $18, you get three yoga classes at YogaSource (up to a $48 value).
YogaSource offers a variety of hot and room-temperature yoga classes to help students tap their potential on the shoulder and say “Namaste.” Trained instructors lead classes in two large studio spaces, helping students improve their breathing and alignment while easing stiff muscles, opening up joints, and encouraging proper posture. Classes such as Yoga Basics and Intro to Hatha Yoga teach beginners the posing ropes and give yogis that have grown a little rusty a brush-up at a slower pace. Fitness-minded students looking to get their sweat on can shed stress with Power Vinyasa, a fast-paced session taught at approximately 85 degrees to recharge minds and bodies with the persistence of pink percussionist bunnies.
Just like before swimming or dance-fighting, yoga students refrain from eating two hours before class to increase range of movement and comfort during stretches. Yogis new to practice and forgetful devotees can snag a convenient mat or towel rental ($1 each) at the studio, ensuring students don't lose a drop of their hard-earned sweat to the studio's glossy hardwood floors.
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.