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.
Yoga Rocks the Park
What began as a group of 30 yogis from Denver has now spread to a community of 25,000-plus nationwide and internationally. This summertime yoga series on select Sundays in Sunken Gardens Park focuses on building community above all else. Start by grabbing a juice from the Wellness Vendor Village, mingle with like-minded men and women of all ages, then launch into the 75-minute flow ideal for all levels, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
“In Denver you'll want to come early and stay late as the yoga class is preceded by a guided meditation and peace talk, while post-yoga there are free mini-wellness workshops in the vendor village. Breathe and enjoy the sacred space our teachers and musicians create for you each week in the presence of Mother Nature,” their website states.
Friday Night Yoga Club
Friday night in The Mile High City has never been so blissful. Initially created as a wintertime sister event to Yoga Rocks the Park, on select Friday nights you can enjoy yoga led by various instructors, plus healthy food and community bonding. The 75-minute flow is led by some of the most innovative and inspiring instructors and is ideal for all levels. Perform and perfect your postures to the sound of a live soundtrack from top DJ’s or musicians.
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 has two studios, one in the Golden Triangle Creative District and the other in Five Points. Considered a leader in the dynamic Denver yoga community, they offer drop-in classes and new student specials to help you grow your practice.
Representing all levels of practitioners, the Kindness Collective strives to help each student tap into their full physical, emotional and spiritual potential. Drop into any of their studios and pay what you’re able to. With nine studios to choose from, each studio embraces the neighborhood it serves, so don’t expect any cookie cutters from this award-winning team.
Located in Arvada, Asana offers a diverse sampling of wellness offerings and classes like Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, Restorative, Deep Stretch, Baby and Me! and others. Have fun while embracing your bliss and connecting to your true self.
With locations in Denver, Lakewood, Centennial, Westminster and more, 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.
Lead photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens.