In the 1700s, a hot air balloon was a strange and potentially worrisome sight, especially because pilots often landed in unsuspecting civilians’ backyards. To build goodwill with anyone they scared, balloon pilots carried a bottle of champagne on every flight. This tradition of the convivial champagne toast still lives on at Adventure Balloon Sports, where, after each landing, the company’s FAA-certified pilots pour a celebratory glass of bubbly for each passenger.
But before the toast, the adventure begins as flights soar skyward, showcasing Colorado’s rugged terrain and the majestic sprawl of the Rocky Mountains. No two flights are the same—after departing, pilots can only fully control the balloon’s vertical motion, meaning balloons often safely land in neighboring towns, rather than in the local hot air balloon parking lot.
There are several paths to serenity at Nature Stone Yoga. Here, to help clients develop a peaceful mind and a relaxed body, yoga instructors conduct private, one-on-one sessions that allow them to develop a personalized, prescriptive series of asanas that will address each individual's issues. They begin each session by testing muscle groups for range of motion, strength, and tension, making a note of capabilities in each category, so that clients can easily chart their improvement. These sessions might address issues such as chronic tension, lack of flexibility in the lower back, or postural problems brought on by working at a desk all day or sleeping under one all night. Those seeking additional relaxation can enjoy a gentle warm stone massage, which uses heat to further melt tension in the muscles while also targeting acupressure points to refresh and rejuvenate the body.
Feet on the Ground LLC founders Charlie and Etalia view dance as more than a sport—it's a delicate art form intrinsically tied to one's love of his or her own body, life itself, and the earth. That's why they teach forms of dance as organic as the contents of a nutritionist's fridge, including free-flowing modern dance and body-love dance, which pays homage to your form. They also teach children how to connect with their bodies and nature at dance classes inspired by the movements of animals or earth, fire, water, and air.
On the shores of the Boulder Reservoir, Rocky Mountain Paddleboard's staff outfits visitors with all the stuff they need to explore placid and picturesque waters. Promising to get clients out on the water within just five minutes of their arrival, a quick rundown of safety and proper technique prepares paddlers of all ages and experience levels for paddling on easy-to-balance boards. Classes are also available for those seeking a more immersive experience, or those who'd like to take their yoga practice to the next level.
Sisters Rachel and Amy Taylor have done a lot of things together. They both fell in love with ballet at a young age and both achieved impressive hallmarks in their careers as dancers—Rachel danced for the David Taylor Dance Theatre and taught at the Alvin Ailey School, and Amy studied at Juilliard and danced for the Garden State Ballet. Eventually, they both wound up studying Pilates at the original Pilates Studio, taught by Joseph Pilates' heir Romana Kryzanowska. Now, they engage on another co-sisterly journey with The Pilates Center, where they impart the exercises they learned to new generations of Pilates practitioners.
Instructors utilize both classic mat work and reformer machines to introduce beginners to the art of Pilates. The studio encourages as many of it students as possible to strive for instructor certification, as that often sets people on a lifelong quest for health and empowers them to speak in a haughty German accent.