Yama Yoga Village's certified yoga teachers combine their individual specialties and years of experience to foster a community where practitioners of all experience levels can work toward honing their health and wellness. During rigorous Vinyasa classes, students build strength, balance, and flexibility by performing a continuous sequence of postures, transitioning from one to the next using mindful breathing techniques.
For a more detoxifying practice, the teachers bump up the studio temperature to a moderate heat during hot-yoga sessions, taking advantage of heat’s ability to spur on sweating to purge pupils’ bodies of toxins in preparation for the more enjoyable toxins of the weekend. Students recovering from injury, those with a limited range of motion, or pupils who own extremely shy sticky mats can develop their yoga practice through private lessons. Yama Yoga Village also offers a menu of massage services including Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports modalities.
Inside Pilates Denver’s "movement studio"—a name adopted from its always-in-motion instructors—students draw both knowledge and inspiration from tenured masters, whether working to shed fat or unwind after a long day. Six days a week, students strengthen their cores during private, semi-private, and group-equipment classes in the Pilates studio. In the movement studio, instructors teach pupils traditional Pilates mat exercises to strengthen, tone, and elongate muscles. Meanwhile, other groups make use of a ballet barre while moving to high-octane music, or flow through sun salutations during Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a full-body workout that uses the ballet barre to assist clients as they perform small isometric movements and muscle-lengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and Pure Barre soon spread its franchises across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides clients through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. The workouts use small movements to sculpt muscle, as well as lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. Intimate classes with a limit of 25 clients to ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills.
With more than eight years of experience splattered on its palette, Creative Spirits continues to teach people of all ages how to tap into their creative energies and create artwork through a variety of media. Even without previous experience, pupils will employ five basic elements of shape. The result is an enjoyment of process of creating without feeling lost or confused and can improve self-confidence while remaining as focused as a cat that’s ready to pounce on a laser-pointer dot.
Also at Creative Spirits' spacious studio, friendly instructors lead groups in painting, glass fusing, and using a pottery wheel during casual parties. These laid-back sessions offer an evening of fun as patrons sip on beverages and learn how to create each session’s themed art piece. Past events have included students swirling brush strokes into colorful peacocks, potters shaping clay bowls on a pottery wheel, and artists fusing pieces of glass together to create a glass-fused serving tray. The center also offers private and kids' parties, as well as team-building events.
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.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three-hour workshop. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras other adjustable digital cameras', teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, shutter speeds and apertures to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Bart will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.