Before opening a yoga and cycling studio, owner Sarah Russell was hit by a car while biking, seriously injuring her back. Sarah credits the rejuvenating power of yoga with saving her spinal cord, and her life. Today, she inspires others to meet their wellness goals through a lineup of mind- and body-nurturing classes.
Sarah and her brigade of enthusiastic instructors lead handfuls of classes each day for students of all fitness levels. The heart-pumping and vigorous cycling classes help patrons to improve their endurance while building muscle and strength. Complementing these physically demanding workouts are yoga classes for different skill levels that challenge the body in different ways, testing patrons' physical and mental focus through empowering posture series and healing stretches.
Snap dragon Mark Cafiero is the owner and lead photographer of Cafiero Photographers, the founder and president of Family Tree Photographers, and an avid advocate of outdoor exploration. In addition to penning pieces for Rangefinder magazine and presenting at international photography conferences, Mark's also well versed in natural Colorado adventures. The small class size (25 students maximum) allows for a true hands-on experience. Choose from a variety of lens-friendly locations: downtown Denver, Washington Park, Pearl Street Mall, 300 yards beneath the earth's surface, or nearby sunrise hikes on some of the state's top trails. The classes offer instruction on subjects including framing and composition, portrait shooting, and use of natural light. Students will also learn about the anatomy and function of their cameras in a way that won't embarrass the camera.
At age 19, Kendra Rostvedt set out to sell snowboard gear out of a storage closet. She opened her first bona fide retail shop in 1998, operating under the ethos that boardsports should remain accessible to anybody who wants to try them. Today, the walls of Thrifty Stick Boardshop are lined with longboards, snowboards, and skateboard decks. Skaters can peruse seasonal apparel from more than 50 brands—including Gnu, Volcom, and DC—or bring in equipment to the repair shop, where technicians tune up skis with hot wax and fasten wheels to busted hoverboards so they won't be completely useless.