In the end, yoga is supposed to be a path to relaxation and enlightenment. Of course, it's hard to remember that when you've spread your legs as wide as they'll go, bent your right knee, reached your left hand to the floor and twisted your torso up and to the right — only to hear, as your legs are trembling and you feel like you're about to collapse at any minute, the Gumby-man next to you whispering, "That's your left side, dear." Oops. At least at Big Bend Yoga Center, they try to make yoga as stress-free as possible. There's a wide variety of classes, ranging from Gentle Yoga for the incompetent and infirm to high-energy vinyasa, and there are plenty of good-quality mats, straps, blankets and blocks for you to use if you don't make regular pilgrimages to the shrine of Lululemon. Classes progress at a reasonable pace. The studio space, a converted garage with cheerful yellow walls, is big enough so you don't have to worry about accidentally braining your neighbor with your outstretched arms. It also has water. Why should you have to suffer on your way to personal growth and everlasting peace?
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