Staying fit doesn’t have to involve the high intensity pounding of traditional cardio exercises. Over the past 10 years, yoga and Pilates have increased in popularity as a way to stay in shape. These exercises help with muscle tone, flexibility and balance. Not only can they help reshape your body, they can also help to improve your posture and your performance in other sports. Here are some stores in the Denver area in which you can find yoga and Pilates gear, whether you’re gearing up for a class or working out in your living room.
Dancing the Soul
950-C Jersey St.
Denver, CO 80220
This Denver studio offers several classes in which people can explore movement. With classes such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates and other stretch and balance classes, Dancing the Soul is a great place to focus and perfect your technique. In addition to classes, Dancing the Soul has a shop in which you can purchase clothing from designers such as Beckons Organic Yoga Clothing (designed and manufactured locally), among others. Come for the classes and purchase a new yoga outfit on your way out.
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2730 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227
With a variety of yoga classes for people who want an intense or a more gentle workout, this studio offers something for everyone. Rishi’s teachers are well trained and will assist with posture and breathing techniques. Rishi’s Crossing also has a boutique in which you can buy clothing, gifts and accessories. Since the wrong clothing can impede your ability to properly execute poses, it is a good idea to buy your yoga attire at a studio.
1215 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
Gaiam Living was founded in Boulder, and is devoted to promoting natural health, ecological lifestyles, personal growth and sustainable commerce. Offering clothing made from eco-friendly materials such as rayon made from bamboo and 100 percent organic cotton, Gaiam is a great place for the green yogini or Pilates practitioner. They also offer mats, props, bricks and other accessories for yogis at any level. If you are the kind of person who is more comfortable working out at home, they also offer DVDs. As a bonus, the clothing is stylish and sustainable, and there is a wide variety of options for any season. Check out Gaiam for something different from the typical yoga outfit and express your personality in class.
HealthStyles Exercise Equipment
940 Wyandot (8th & I-25)
Denver, CO 80204
This Glenwood Springs based company offers all kinds of exercise equipment for your home. Included in their selection are fitness kits, mats and yoga and pilates accessories. HealthStyles also sells Pilates machines that you can use in your home to ensure that you are doing each position correctly, decreasing the risk of injury. If you aren’t ready to commit to a full machine, you can buy accessories such as bands and rings that will help add resistance to those Pilates exercises that you can do on your floor. With a clearance center in Denver, you can find all of their discounted merchandise in one place.
Boulder Running Company
8505 E. Arapahoe Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80112
When doing yoga and Pilates, it is important to wear clothing that wicks sweat. Boulder Running Company offers a wide assortment of tanks and tees that are loose enough to be comfortable during Pilates, but tight enough to ensure a comfortable workout. They also offer pants that work for running and yoga, so you can have some multi-purpose workout items in your closet. Offering clothing from brands such as Nike, Brooks and Pearl Izumi, among others, there is something for everyone from the hard core athlete to the girly girl. Check out the other locations around the Denver metro area.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.