After 700 hours of training, the instructors of Bikram's Yoga College at Westminster and Longmont each received their certification from Bikram Yoga's founder, Bikram Choudhury. The team's collective expertise ensures students can safely execute Bikram's 26 circulation-boosting poses and two breathing exercises. During group or private classes, they'll help each student to transition from one stance to another as the studio's heating system incites greater flexibility and a detoxifying sweat. They cultivate a judgment-free atmosphere, welcoming participation from those with no prior yoga or volcano-spelunking experience.
The two Colorado studios host their sessions beneath 10- and 11.5-foot ceilings to foster a spaciously steamy setting. An onsite retail store equips patrons with gear, and a board-certified massage therapist ousts any lingering limb tension with a massage.
Root Yoga Center's owners created their studio to give clients a space to explore their metaphorical roots by examining their physical, spiritual, and emotional bodies through yoga practice. This goal is reflected in the studio’s philosophy, which emphasizes balance, encourages beginners to take risks, and focuses on the healing powers of yoga epitomized by the now-famous "Kiss the Boo Boo" pose. From Vinyasa to Forrest and Anusara Flow, many yoga modalities are practiced in the studio depending on the class session’s teacher and difficulty level.
Every teacher at Root Yoga Center is an experienced yogi and puts the school's philosophy into practice during regular classes or supplemental practices such as qi gong, physical therapy, and nutritional counseling. The instructors’ schedules are packed as well: classes take place all day, every day, and the staff routinely hosts community events and workshops.
Teal, purple, and blue mats neatly line the wooden floor of Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver’s studio as another class begins. As always, the teachings of hatha yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar are relayed to students by one of the studio’s seasoned instructors, who are either certified or working toward certification through the Iyengar method. Several of these instructors have more than 30 years of experience. Iyengar yoga focuses on precision in physical alignment in order to bring the body and mind into balance. To accommodate all levels of familiarity with yoga and the Iyengar style, the staff offers three levels of classes, as well as advanced specialty workshops such as Yoga for Back Care and How to Hustle Someone in a Game of Twister.
When Annie Prasad Freedom opened Samadhi Center for Yoga in 2002, she envisioned a small operation where people could feel empowered while deepening their yoga practice. She achieved the second goal, but Samadhi has been anything but small: it has served more than 250,000 individuals since opening its doors.
Despite the center's growth, Annie and her team of instructors maintain a close-knit community atmosphere that yogis of all experience levels can appreciate. That's due in large part to a diverse selection of classes open to students of all levels, not just those who can bend themselves through the crack under the studio door. That sense of welcome continues beyond the mat as well—Samadhi also hosts The Neurosculpting Institute, where instructors teach meditation classes with the goal of helping students make positive changes in their lives.
Kindness Yoga owner Patrick Harrington is dedicated to establishing a thriving yogic community at both of his studio locations, where yoga practitioners of all skill levels flock to achieve physical invigoration and mental centering. Kindness Yoga’s dozens of instructors share their limb-stretching expertise and breathing techniques with visitors during classes that focus on a wide array of styles, such as gentle Hatha, challenging Vinyasa, and sweat-inducing Kinda-Hot, which is practiced in a heated room. The veteran yogis also host extended workshops that thoroughly discuss themes including prenatal yoga and hoop dancing.
With a schedule of classes including Sunny Side Up and Not-So-Rushed-Hour, The Yoga Mat cultivates a welcoming, playful environment for yogis of all levels. Seasoned instructors link breath and movement in Vinyasa classes and focus on alignment and anatomy in classes influenced by Iyengar. Classes begin as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 7 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturday afternoons, the studio's Made You a Mix-Tape class combines yoga with the energetic sounds of Arcade Fire, Michael Jackson, and golden retrievers.