Denver has a vibrant yoga community, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, from the urban sanctuary at Denver Botanic Gardens to the striking sandstone formations at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. With so many cool places to practice (or learn), Denver’s yoga scene strikes the perfect pose.
NAMASTE TO NATURE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, take your practice outdoors or escape to a rainforest.
Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga
Practice your yoga skills before the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. In the warmer months (roughly April-October), the hour-long vinyasa classes take place outside in the Annuals Garden under the pavilion. The Annuals Garden is one of the attraction's most colorful gardens in the spring and summertime, making it a serene space to practice. With no music, it gives students the opportunity to tune into their breath and sounds of surrounding nature.
The class invites all levels with postures that promote alignment, flexibility, focus and endurance, and help detoxify the body. Practitioners should bring their own mats and any props they want to use. Also offered: evening vinyasa in Mordecai Children’s Garden, kundalini and, occasionally, bilingual yoga.
Yoga on the Rocks
Align your chakras at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, one of the world’s most iconic music venues. Surrounded by the picturesque sandstone formations, the seasonal classes run from 7-8 a.m. and sell out fast. Join 2,500 other locals and visitors for a summer Saturday you won’t soon forget, flowing to sounds from a live DJ. Bring a water bottle and yoga mat, and plan to give yourself extra time before or after class for a photoshoot or hike.
Season passes and four-packs are available, but tickets must be purchased online in advance. All levels are encouraged to attend; models on stage provide pose modifications for all skill and injury levels.
ZEN OUT YOGA
If you want to experience yoga and Colorado's great outdoors it doesn't get better than this. Zen Out Yoga offers hiking along with stops to practice yoga and meditation while you take in fresh mountain air. Check the schedule for upcoming hikes and retreats, or contact Zen Out Yoga to book a private hike.
Located 15 minutes from downtown Denver, this hour-long class at Butterfly Pavilion offers a nature-centric yoga experience to rejuvenate your mind and body. Surround yourself with exotic plants and butterflies alongside other yoga enthusiasts. No matter your skill level, Rainforest Yoga provides a unique opportunity to de-stress, unwind and revitalize your whole being.
DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE AT THESE STUDIOS
Whether you’re a beginner, advanced or certified yogi, Denver has top-ranked studios on practically every corner, all offering something unique with drop-in classes and rates.
This popular yoga studio now has three studios (Golden Triangle Creative District, Five Points and Sunnyside). Considered a leader in the dynamic Denver yoga community, they offer drop-in classes and new student specials to help you grow your practice.
With a location in Lakewood, here you’ll find help building physical skills while challenging yourself along the way. Elevate your mind and open your heart with classes aptly titled podFIT, podHOT, podBASICS and Yin, just to name a few.
BIG Power Yoga
Located in the River North Art District (RiNo), you’re guaranteed to sweat at BIG since most classes are heated to 90-95 degrees, with the exception of Yin and The BIG Rest. Originally from Houston, this Denver yoga studio has quickly become a popular hot spot for Denver yogis with classes aimed at every level.
For more yoga events, check out the Denver 365 events calendar.
Lead photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens.