Yoga is an ancient practice that connects the mind with the body, which succeeds in promoting well-being but renders the neck utterly useless. Evolve into a higher being with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a pass that's good for 10 yoga classes at Yoga South in Asheville (a $100 value).
The polished wood floors and well-lit walls of Yoga South envelop the bending bodies and meditative minds of practitioners of all ages and skill levels. A staff of trained and certified yoga instructors leads classes of 4–16 people, parlaying limb-liberating techniques designed to promote physical flexibility, spiritual mindfulness, and empirical evidence of shape shifting. Aspiring yogis bait their breaths in the level I basics, a beginner's course that introduces the elements of Hatha yoga. Spiritual seekers striving for elevated consciousness can enroll in the Kundalini yoga class, which harnesses the powers of group chanting, hand positioning, and breath work to clear the mind of stress and bad '80s songs. The kids' yoga class, for children ages 6–12, addresses the aspiring grade-school gurus and elementary enthusiasts to flex their cerebral strands with mindfulness practice, and stretch their physical stance with postures and poses designed to reach their toes and their goals.
Students arriving early are invited to limber up in the reception area of Yoga South, sampling their premium blend teas and browsing ointments, oils, and bath salts. Reservations for classes are not required and students can check the schedule to walk-in for the appropriate classes of their choice, encouraging patrons to follow those spontaneous yoga urges that commonly occur when shopping, working, or attempting to schedule a yoga class.