Star athletes thrive during the peak of heated competition, which is why most Super Bowls are held in volcanoes. Stretch the limits of your limbs with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a 10-class yoga card at Yoga Tropics (up to a $120 value) in Encinitas.
In the open, sunny spaces of Yoga Tropics' three airy studios, students of the hot stretch bend and contort their way to fitness and balance. Yoga Tropics' customized classes include their signature Tropics hot yoga as well as yoga sculpt with light weight work, power Vinyasa, family yoga, and YoQi, which amalgamates techniques from kung fu, yoga, and Qi Gong. Tropics One balances the techniques of Bikram, Ashtanga, power yoga, and tongue-to-tip-of-nose mastery to give students of all experience levels a challenging, invigorating workout. Students loosen and elongate muscles through 60 minutes and 30 postures in a studio revved up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Tropics One is also offered in a 90-minute version, which doubles the sets of postures and slows the pace for deeper, endurance-testing holds.
Yoga Tropics' studios one and two are located on the South Coast Highway 101, and the third is located in the nearby Transcend MindBodySpa on 2nd Street. Each studio boasts plenty of room to stretch out on hardwood floors and full-length mirrors to check postures and hone winking skills.
The instructors at Yoga Tropics believe that people of all ages and abilities can revel in yoga's benefits, which can include rehabilitating an injury, increasing flexibility and strength, and imparting a sense of inner peace. To push students toward these advantages, instructors lead six styles of yoga. They focus on hot-yoga classes—including the classic Bikram style yoga and Yoga Sculpt—which can help students oust toxins through sweat and sink deeper into stretches. During 60-minute ButiFitness classes, plyometrics exercises—including jumping, tribal dance, and yoga—are performed in 40-second repetitive bursts to help clients increase heart-rates. The instructors also fill out their own ranks with training courses that transform one-time pupils into certified yoga teachers.