Move your body & find your Self with a yogi’s guide to the Mile High City.
A regular yoga practice is a cure-all for the stress of fast-paced city life in this ever-growing former cow-town. (At least it is fast paced compared to Colorado mountain town living!) Whether you are looking for the best studios to practice at around Denver, fun outdoor yoga events, free or donation-based classes, or ways to give back to your community, you’re in the right place with Nomad Colorado’s Denver Yoga Guide. And for those of you wondering whether you should take the next step in your spiritual evolution, you’ll find information about local yoga teacher trainings too.
The Best of Denver: Outdoor Yoga!
Mix yoga with Colorado’s 300+ days of sunshine and grand open spaces and you will experience pure bliss – guaranteed. It should come as no surprise that Denver’s yogis and yoginis enjoy nurturing themselves in nature. Thanks to local and statewide conservation efforts, the Denver area has created and preserved some of the best outdoor city spaces to connect with your mind, body, and spirit.
Yoga on the Rocks | Red Rocks Amphitheater | Morrison, CO | visit website (not yet updated for 2018)
One for the bucket list, this event is located at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater concert venue on Saturdays in June, July, and August (check the website for a calendar and tickets). Classes start at 7am, but the early bird gets to watch the sunrise across the Front Range. Practice among the red sentinels while enjoying a breathtaking view of Denver. Stay after class for the vendors and photos.
Yoga Rocks the Park | Sunken Gardens Park | Denver, CO | visit website (not yet updated for 2018)
Find peace in the city at Sunken Gardens Park most Sundays beginning in the spring and continuing in the fall. Best part: it’s free! (Brought to you by community sponsors.) Arrive early for group meditation, lay your mat down in the grass, enjoy a class taught by local favorites accompanied by tunes from area DJs, and get your zen on with hundreds of others in the Denver yoga community. Kids yoga classes are offered during the group yoga practice. Afterward, meander along the perimeter to check out and support local vendors (some of whom offer delicious or cool samples). Sometimes there is even hooping!
Community Yoga | Parks Across Denver (& Colorado)
Another Denver favorite is yoga at Civic Center Park, hosted by the Civic Center Conservancy as part of its Civic Center Moves program. Many Denver suburbs such as Littleton, as well as towns throughout Colorado, host smaller yoga events at community parks in the summer. These are great opportunities to share yoga love with those in your community and to meet new people.
Denver Area Studio Guide
In the last ten years, Denver’s yoga scene has changed dramatically. For example, Kindness Yoga has grown from only one or two studios to seven studios! (No doubt, the local powerhouse will continue to grow.) But one thing has not changed. Denver still has some of the best well-known, well-respected, and inspirational teachers like Tina Porter, Hansa Knox, Beth Sanchez, and Jeremy Wolf.
No matter what type of yoga you enjoy practicing, you’ll find a class for you in Denver – from power, Baptiste, and Ashtanga to align and flow, Iyengar, restorative, and yoga nidra. Check back in with Nomad Colorado – our Denver yoga studio directory is coming soon!
Denver boasts many small, unique studios, as well as corporate studios. The national yoga chain, CorePower originated in Colorado, and its first studio still exists near 13th and Grant downtown Denver. Another yoga franchise you’ll find in Denver is YogaPod. But if you prefer a more unique yoga experience, check out Samadhi Yoga (multiple Denver locations), the River (Golden Triangle), the Freyja Project (LowHi) or Kosha Yoga (Littleton). If you want a truly authentic, no frills yoga experience, check out the Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver or PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala studios.
But be prepared to pay top dollar to practice studio yoga. The average price for admittance to practice at a Denver studio is $15-$20. If that’s too steep for your budget, keep reading.
Some of the best Denver studios to practice at include Samadhi Yoga’s Golden Triangle studio, the Freyja Project, Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver (Baker/West Wash Park), and Kindness Yoga’s Platte Street studio. Did your favorite studio make the list? If not, please share your favorites in the comment section below.
Free & True Donation-Based Yoga
With the price of yoga often exceeding $15 to attend a studio class these days, many people search for or need cheaper or even free yoga classes. If you live in Denver or Boulder, Unlimited Yoga is the resource for free or true donation-based yoga classes. But you can afford it, chip in a couple bucks to support your local yoga community. It’s good karma!
Yoga Teacher Training
Do you love the way yoga makes you feel – physically, mentally, and/or spiritually? Are you intrigued by Sanskrit, Hindu Gods and Goddesses like Ganesha and Kali, or Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga and want to learn more about yoga? If you can afford to invest $2000+ in your yoga practice, consider signing up for yoga teacher training.
Not interested in teaching? Or at least not at a big studio? That’s okay. The vast majority of people who complete yoga teacher training and are certified yoga instructors do not teach in commercial studios.
Yoga teacher training offers an opportunity for introspection and self-reflection, for Svadhyaya (self-study). And another benefit is that, after you complete yoga teacher training, you can create a home practice perfect for you and never pay high studio prices again! 🙂
Many of the larger yoga studio businesses in the Denver area offer yoga teacher training, including Kindness Yoga, Yoga Pod, and Core Power. Some smaller studio businesses – like Samadhi – have teacher training too. Or check out Axis Yoga – its sole focus is on teacher trainings! Picking the right yoga teacher training program for you will determine how transformational your experience will be. Here is a great free resource Axis put together to help you find the perfect yoga teacher training for you.
Contribute to Your Yoga Community
Please help keep Nomad Colorado’s Yoga Guide to the Denver Metro Area accurate and current. If you have helpful information, please share it with your yoga community in the comments section below.
Or support local nonprofits that spread yoga such as Yoga For The People, a Denver-based organization that brings yoga to un-served, underserved, and at-risk populations. If you are one of the ever-growing number of certified yoga teachers in the Denver area, YFP is always looking for qualified volunteer teachers. And anyone can donate to help spread love and peace in the world through yoga.
~ Namaste ~
“The light in my sees and honors the light in you.”
Namaste is softly spoken at the end of class as you bow with your hands in prayer position at heart center.