Though Yoga has been around for thousands of years throughout Asia, the U.S. adopted it within the past century as if it has been our own. Whether it came along with Eastern traditions such as acupuncture and martial arts, or perhaps influenced by famed Beatle George Harrison haling Hare Krishna with the Maharishi, it’s here to stay. Yoga goers are attracted to the exercise for its benefits in stretching out the body, opening channels inside for better energy, obtaining better balance and core strength in the various postures, and bringing them back to an aligned center with their mind or even their own spirit through breath and meditation. And in the bustling city of Denver at a mile high altitude, any of the favorite centers below can be just the thing to relax the mind and exercise the body.
Samadhi Center for Yoga
639 East 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Samadhi offers a more spiritual approach to yoga, but spiritual in the way for each person to express their own, unique inner peace. Some folks value a simple studio with little to no décor to focus just on the body, but one truly cannot deny the warmth and excitement you feel with the beautiful Buddha murals, prayer flags and Sanskrit writings along the walls of Samadhi to invite you into the mood. Samadhi offers 18 classes of nearly every style of yoga, including many signature meditation classes, prenatal, yoga for disabilities, and so much more. Your first class is free, with a $16 drop in rate, a variety of class packages, and average of $100 monthly unlimited. You’ll find it in the Uptown neighborhood of Denver, at 19th and Pearl, at the bottom of Uptown Square apartments. A Denver favorite!
4342 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212
Locally and family owned and created, Vital Yoga is the place to go if you’re yearning to share your yoga experience with your community in a familial environment. In fact, one of their classes, called Yoga Socials, involves practicing yoga, while watching movies, eating snacks and socializing with your fellow yogis. They also offer 16 other options, from traditional posture classes, to signature classes like Pink Yoga, for women of different stages of breast cancer, including Qigong, meditation classes, travel retreats, nutrition classes, yoga for kids, and much more. Your first week is free, with a drop-in rate of $15, including class packages, and an average of $100 monthly membership. Be sure to also check out their Cherry Creek and Golden locations.
1735 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
If you are a beginner to yoga and looking for a good studio to ease you into the practice, Whole Yoga is the place for you. Such as with two of their classes, Basic Nuts and Bolts Yoga and Meditation Nuts and Bolts, where you comfortably learn all the poses and philosophies you need to become a regular practitioner. They also provide mats and equipment, not to mention their competitive $5 drop in class rate and $20-$60 package classes, one of the least expensive in town! The school bases its roots in common forms from Hatha to Vinyasa, including Kids Yoga, Prenatal, Restorative and private classes. Located just east of downtown Denver on 17th Avenue at Williams Street, it’s a great place to begin or advance your yoga!
Root Yoga Center
1539 Platte Street #207
Denver, CO 80202
Root yoga is known by locals by being a more down to earth and casual environment type of studio. Their philosophy, which they name themselves after, is to stem from the root chakra of your body located at the bottom of your spine, to stay more grounded and flow better with change and positivity. They offer common practices of Vinyasa, Power, and Anusara, including unique styles such as: Yoga Playground, a fun exercise utilizing partners, Eye of the Tiger/Tigress, for more advanced poses, Mighty Root, combining fitness and yoga with medicine balls, and Forrest yoga, created by a nationally known teacher Ana Forrest, who was born disabled, and developed the style to release emotional pain. They are located just above the Savory Spice shop on Platte street, in the Riverfront area just a hair north of downtown Denver. Drop-in classes are $16, with 5, 10, and 20 class packages, an average of $100 monthly unlimited, with a free community class on Saturdays.
4120 E. Alameda Avenue
Denver, CO 80246
Until yoga can either cease to be so monetarily trendy or just simply drop in prices, sometimes gyms like 24 Hour Fitness can be a good go to keep practicing yoga and keep money in your pocket. Aside to the regular workout center, pools and spas at 24 Hour, they also offer a variety of engaging group classes, including yoga. Depending on the time of year you sign up, you can usually get a membership for about 25 to 35 bucks a month, unlimited everything, and as they say, 24 hours a day. The classes have specified times, yoga classes varying from mornings, afternoons to evenings, and depending on the center, you can catch a yoga class 3-6 times per week! The instructors have varied yoga practice backgrounds, but sometimes that makes the class all the more interesting and challenging, and you can typically count on the same instructor each day, each week. Your gym will have a devoted room they use for all your classes, providing free yoga mats to use. And it’s great to combine your yoga workout with some of their Pilates classes or other similar classes to yoga. There are over twenty 24 Hour Fitness gyms in Denver to choose from.
– Sarah Carpenter lives in Littleton, where she was born and raised. She spent a decade in Downtown Denver, and its surrounding neighborhoods, going to school for writing, working in the service industry, and getting to know Denver’s diverse culture. She has a passion for travel writing, local and afar, focusing the story on its people, culture and region.