Yoga is a much easier way to exercise both mind and body than testing Einstein's theory of relativity by racing a beam of light. Avoid a science-related sprain with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get 10 yoga classes at Yoga Upstairs in Agoura Hills (a $100 value).
The experienced instructors at Yoga Upstairs stretch and pose alongside their students in a variety of classes. Neophyte yogis can begin learning foundational skills during a Basic Yoga class, practice proper body alignment and precise body action during a Classic Yoga session, or delve into the classic yoga postures and mind-focusing techniques of Iyengar Yoga, a variation of the Hatha technique. The staff keeps class sizes small to ensure each participant receives personal attention and accouters all attendants with a mat and all other necessary equipment―such as catcher’s masks. The studio suggests students wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and bring a towel. Feel free to check Yoga Upstairs’s class schedule here.
Part of Therapy Services Plus and named for its location above it, Yoga Upstairs elevates visitors’ spirits and fitness levels with accessible Hatha- and Iyengar-style yoga classes, as well as basic, gentle, and Vinyasa flows. Sunlight warms the bamboo floor of the practice space as seasoned teachers demonstrate movements to help strengthen muscles and center minds. Iyengar class instructors walk students through routines to open joints and cultivate stamina, and students perform restorative-yoga routines to melt stress with gentle stretches and breaths deeper than a bass solo inside a moon crater. In addition to posing on mats, students can visit the studio’s four-panel yoga wall, where sturdy straps assist inverted moves and other advanced body-weight exercises without risking injury. Like a medieval castle’s daycare center, many classes incorporate blankets, blocks, and sandbags, which help students hold their poses as they hone their alignment.