Bathed in sunlight and soft hues, Yoga Tree Colorado's calming studio hosts daily classes spanning a handful of yoga traditions. The space draws a stark contrast to the corporate world Lauren Lanford, the studio owner, spent six years working in before turning her energies toward creating her community-oriented yogatorium. Yogis of all abilities hone their strength with vigorous Vinyasa flows, steep their muscles in Hatha's deep, mindful stretches, and sculpt lean physiques in Pilates-inspired classes. A believer in taking a well-rounded approach to wellness, Lanford has curated a staff that includes massage therapists, a chiropractor, a psychotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a nutritionist—a regular holistic who's who from across the medical universe.
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 they met in kindergarten more than 35 years ago, Tracey Lanham and Heather Lindemann sensed they were kindred spirits, forming a fast friendship and a lasting bond. Finding themselves ever more drawn to yoga with each passing year, they launched Mudra Yoga Studio (formerly Pearl Street Yoga), and set about building a space where anyone could come to experience the transformative power of the practice. The newly rechristened and remodeled Mudra Yoga Studio continues to offer a safe haven for body benders and a safe house for any exiled member of Gumby's gang. Experienced instructors lead a cornucopia of classes within the studio's friendly confines, ranging from traditional yoga to specialized classes for expectant mothers and those suffering from injuries.
At The Ballet Physique, they believe that you don't have to be a dancer to look like one. Their fresh approach to barre fitness is a total body workout accessible to students of all fitness levels. Each class combines strength training, cardio, Pilates, and classical ballet techniques such as ripping a tutu in half with your bare hands. Seasoned instructors enhance the workout experience with individualized attention and innovative choreography to sculpt and tone the entire body.
The collective of artists and instructors behind BharArt have fused their areas of expertise to create an all-inclusive cultural center. In doing so, they offer an eclectic array of activities, including classes in yoga and meditation, belly dancing, the Spanish language, and African drumming.
BYSE4 takes its name from the four types of classes offered at the studio. Barre classes build workouts around ballet moves. Yoga, meanwhile, uses Vinyasa poses to increase flexibility and strength of mind. Combining elements of different exercises, Sculpt pairs physically challenging yoga posses with light weight training, and Evolve classes focus on strength training, core strengthening, cardio, and plyometric movements.