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.
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.
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.
Within iLiv Yoga’s heated studio, expert instructors lead students of all levels through six sweat-filled varieties of yoga classes. Passionate instructors lead students through traditional Vinyasa flow postures, combining breath and movement as the studio’s elevated temperatures open up limbs and deepen stretches. They also lead classes set to music for more experienced yogis, allowing the rhythms of the music to set the pace of the class, be it a soothing jazz tempo or the cacophonous sound of a marching band trying to break the land speed record.
Sunlight pours in through tall windows that look out on the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Bathing in the warm rays, students stretch through Vinyasa yoga's slow, deliberate series of poses. So passes a normal day at 621 Yoga and Massage, where relaxation is the rule and rejuvenation is the inevitable byproduct. The studio's instructors lead students through Vinyasa classes five times a day on weekdays, and they're always happy to accommodate beginners. The studio itself features changing rooms and lockers, plus sanitized yoga mats that can be used for no extra charge. As if that all that weren't enticing enough, there's also a massage room where licensed therapists offer Swedish, hot stone, sports, and other specialty massages.