From beginners who can barely touch their toes to masters who bend themselves into impossible poses, yoga is undeniably one of the most popular forms of exercise. From spiritual healing to breaking a sweat, the several forms are practiced throughout Denver with many local studio offerings.
Price: First week: free, Drop-in: $15, Annual Membership $1,100
Blossoming like a lotus flower, Vital Yoga is growing and evolving itself. Now with two locations, the newest opening in April of 2011 in the Highlands off Tennyson Street, the family-owned and operated yoga studio has practitioners raving. Sisters Micah and Desi Springer welcome new students and a family of established followers to the studios, where Power Yoga, Anusara Yoga, and Vital Basics are just a few of the several classes held in the sacred space.
Root Yoga Center
Pricing- First week: free, Drop-in: $16, One Month Unlimited: $129
When steadfast in tree pose, you’ll feel your own roots growing stronger at this yoga and wellness studio. Offering classes, workshops, and healing modalities such as chiropractic services and massage, Root Yoga Center is spacious and bright. With several teachers in many specialties, this is an absolute must for the yogi in you.
Kindness Yoga- Cherry Creek 2727
Pricing- Drop-in: $15, Monthly Unlimited: $110, Yearly Unlimited: $1,000
Now with three locations in Denver, Kindness Yoga brings the refreshing reflexive and healing art of yoga to beginners and masters alike. Tapping into the most potent potential of the human experience, this studio is headed by Patrick Harrington focuses on transformation and growth of the individual. Close by Yoga on 6th is a sister studio as well.
Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation
Price – First class free for Denver residents, Drop-in: $16, One Month Unlimited: $79, One Hour Private Session: $125
This boutique studio in Uptown has a lot to offer. From $8 Reiki sessions every third Sunday, to a wide variety of yoga classes and even teacher training. With a beautiful mural within the studio, inner peace is closer than ever at this Uptown Yoga space. Seasoned practitioners can find challenging classes and teacher training as well as special events such as the annual Winter Solstice Candlelight Yoga that make for a unique and moving experience.
The Yoga Mat
Price – Drop-in: $14, One Month Unlimited: $95, One Hour Private Session: $75
This green yoga studio aims to create happier and healthier people and thus eliminating “less crappy stuff in the world.” Reconnecting mind and body as well as sense of community, the Vinyasa-theory based studio has a fun class schedule that includes cheerful titles such as Sunny Side Up, Not-So-Rushed-Hour, and Takin’ a Breather. The all-female teaching staff brings fun to yoga while bringing together Denver’s sense of community.
CBS Denver Insider tips: If just starting, a personal class is extremely helpful. Getting the basics down before launching into some of the more difficult poses will enable you to feel more comfortable in your first group classes.
Proper attire: bring form-fitting clothing to your classes so your instructor can adjust your body to more appropriate alignment. Women often wear sports bras or tank tops and men will often practice yoga shirtless. Yoga pants or gym shorts that wont ride up while in particular poses are also acceptable yoga wear. Water bottles and towels to sponge sweat off your brow during your session are also advised.
Many studios have mats for rent if you don’t want to make the purchase yourself. A good yoga mat can be found for sale at many of the studios, retailers like Lulu Lemon of Cherry Cheery.
Search for a class near you, give it a try whether just starting or well established and looking for a new studio to expand your practice. Namaste!
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