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Think yoga classes are all about awkward poses and chanting? It is time to put aside any preconceptions of one of the most beneficial exercises the mind and body have ever known. Denver offers some of the most beneficial studios in the state. Yoga was developed thousands of years ago in India and is becoming more and more popular every day. Its health benefits include increased flexibility, muscle strength, weight loss, cardio and even benefits to improving mental health.
Mudra Yoga Studio
1550 S. Pearl St., Suite 203
Denver, CO 80210
Just off South Pearl Street, Mudra Yoga is not just a studio. It is a wonderful neighborhood hangout for health. Known and loved for one of its specialty prenatal yoga classes, moms-to-be do their bodies and mind a favor by practicing relaxation, awareness and even creating a connection to the beautiful life growing inside. This unique style of yoga is ideal to help mothers-to-be stay healthy and balanced all the way up until delivery time. Of course, Mudra Yoga offers a good variety of classes for all levels and ages from those who are seeking calm and restful practice to even a heated detox style conducted in a 90-degree temperature. This variation of Bikram Yoga will work to detoxify and revitalize the body. Mudra’s staff is always welcoming, caring and takes everything at a nice slow pace.
Root Yoga Center
1539 Platte St., Suite 207
Denver, CO 80202
Hands down one of the most beautiful yoga studios in Denver, Root Yoga Center creates an instant calm with its lovely brick walls, wood floors, plants and large windows. Gone is the harshness of the traditional mirrors that only distract the class. Even more beautiful is Root Yoga’s Yoga for Cancer Support. This unique set of classes is made up of gentle yoga, breathing and meditation exercises for cancer patients, survivors and even their families. Root Yoga also offers multiple other practices such as Anusara, Vinyasa and Forrest style classes which help focus on breathing and long pose holds mixed in with some vigorous moves to sweat out those unneeded toxins. People of all shapes, sizes and ages come to heal and grow with Root’s warm, friendly and informative instructors.
Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver
770 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
When it comes to yoga from India, Iyengar Venter of Denver is the real thing. This studio focuses on health and form for the body, inside and out. Although it tends to cater to an older crowd and people with needs due to injuries, it offers all sorts of styles and classes. It is hard to imagine kids focusing on poses and concentration, yet with Iyengar Kids Yoga program, the little ones learn how to chant, breathe and relax in a fun and playful environment. One of the most wonderful aspects of this studio is its focus on community. It offers a free community class with donations accepted and given to non-profits, as well as a free restorative class for cancer survivors, people in treatment and even their family members. The friendly, caring and knowledgeable instructors try their best to learn everyone’s names and make everyone feel comfortable.
The Yoga Mat
3060 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Think all yoga studios are the same? The Yoga Mat has a vision that is a beautiful mixture of small class sizes, a peaceful yet fun atmosphere and a fabulous variety of programs. Located in the young and fun RiNo Denver neighborhood, this studio offers such unique sessions such as the Made You A Mix-Tape class. Right there on the yoga mat, attendees will take a trip down memory lane participating in a playful Vinyasa class with favorite music such as Arcade Fire, The Beatles and even Michael Jackson. This location does not lack charm with its brick, extra large windows, high ceilings and lovely hardwood floors that all make for a memorable atmosphere. Bonus, there is plenty of free parking.
5810 W. 38th Ave., Suite11
Wheat Ridge, CO 80212
Just west of Denver is a yoga studio that specializes in care for back injuries, chronic pain and scoliosis sufferers. Santosha is a locally owned and operated studio run by a third generation Denver-area resident. It offers a specialized yoga class called Yoga for Scoliosis and Back Care every Saturday morning with instructor Robin Thorpe. She comes with plenty of experience from the Yoga Union Center for Back Care & Scoliosis in Manhattan, New York. This center specializes in naturally treating spinal asymmetry and chronic back issues by finding harmony for the mind and body. Of course, Santosha also offers other amazing yoga classes in the traditional styles of hatha, restorative and Iyengar. The amazing and friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome and cared for.
Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.