Inner peace is hard to come by, requiring complex negotiations between spleen and kidney. Find harmony more easily with this Groupon: for $45, you get 10 classes at YogaHop (up to a $160 value). Choose between locations in Pasadena or Santa Monica.
YogaHop's staff of former athletes, dancers, and musicians ensures a vigorous workout by tailoring its yogic instruction to accommodate students of all skill levels, including occasional celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon. During all-levels classes, pulsing speakers fill practice spaces with the contagious beats of such artists as Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and David Guetta while headset-equipped instructors lead attendees through a dynamic workout of continuously shifting poses that work out the entire body, from head to vestigial tail. Advanced sessions introduce more invigorating techniques and multiplication flashcards for experienced yogis, and the evening candlelight classes illuminate practice spaces with flickering rows of birthday cakes. Though the studios do rent yoga mats ($2) to students who know the secret handshake, the instructors suggest visitors bring along their own from home to ensure proper emotional bonding.
Upon entering YogaHop’s boldly colored confines and hearing vibrant pop and hip-hop tunes blasting from the classrooms’ speakers, exercisers know they’re not in a typical yoga studio. At both the Pasadena and Santa Monica locations, students immerse themselves in energetic classes that, like the Taj Mahal after hours, blend the ancient practice of yoga with pulse-pounding dance music that forms a workout InTouch magazine dubs “insane” and Maxim calls “inspiring” and “spiritual.” No matter the ability level, students find their stride thanks to patient and effervescent instructors who lead them through a continuous flow of poses, stopping only to gently correct a position or ask occasional student Reese Witherspoon for her autograph. Newly added "Pump" classes add weights and High Intensity Interval Training to the already energetic YogaHop class.