UPDATED OCT 4, 2019
Even in a city where fitness is a lifestyle, it can be hard to find a place to turn the brain off and let the body do the talking. So, we did the dirty work for you. From sweaty power flows to deep and mindful asanas, these incredible Boulder studios have locals feeling more zen than ever before.
If your experience with yoga has been a little overwhelming (the language, the chanting, the silence), Bulldog may be what you’re looking for. This fitness-focused yoga studio originated in Philly and made their way to us in Boulder at 900 Pearl. They’re serious about their beats, believing in the benefit of solid tunes to back a mind-body connection. Need proof? Check out their playlists on Spotify. Just know that whether you’re a die-hard yogi or have never chaturanga’d in your life, you’re in for a new experience with Bulldog.
Ready, set, sweat. CorePower is high-energy and intense. With classes all day—from hot and heavy Vinyasa classes to funky flows with bumpin’ tunes—you’re clear to roll out a mat at your convenience. So seriously, there are no excuses, only gains. Check out the yoga dynasty in North Boulder, South Boulder, and Boulder on the Hill.
Some need their yoga like they need three square meals. Lucky for you, the Yoga Loft has a class for every time of day: Wake Up and Flow, Lunchtime Express, and Happy Hour are all a part of a packed and diverse schedule. Enjoy awesOMe views of the Flatirons while you work your weights or get deep into a Yin practice. With Martin Park just across the street, keep the good vibes rollin’ after class with a picnic or stroll with fellow yogis. And if you’re just outside the city, check out their new second location in Gunbarrel.
Sometimes, being a little fish in a big, sweaty, strong yoga pond can be overwhelming. For those looking for a change of pace, check out Yoga Shala on Pearl St. (across from Google), for a supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. This shala, which means “home” in Sanskrit, is a home away from home with some pretty sweet perks. On top of teaching all levels of Iyengar yoga, Yoga Shala keeps the zen flowing with stellar Flatiron views.
With tons of class options at all times of day, free parking, and location at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, Yoga Pod makes yoga a new kind of flexible (like actually touch your toes flexible). Great monthly student rates attract a college-aged crowd, but older participants help keep a good mix. Turn it up with classes like Bikram-based hot yoga, or slow it down with a Yin practice.
For over 20 years Boulder Bikram Yoga, across the street from the Valmont Bike Park, has been holding hot yoga classes 365 days a year. That’s one trip around the sun and 365 yoga classes at your service. With windows facing Boulder Open Space, natural light and mountains greet you at the start of every practice. Could a sun salutation be any more appropriate?
Laura Antelmi, teacher of human anatomy and expert in therapeutic yoga, has built a downtown yoga oasis amongst a fitness-crazed city. Iyengar Yoga Center prides themselves on teaching anatomically perfect positioning through a slower-paced class. If you kicked your butt yesterday in a cycling class or really went for it during power yoga, treat yo’self to something on the more restorative side. Iyengar is focused on healing and is a perfect practice for people with injuries or medical conditions.
Practice the eight limbs of yoga by using four of your own. Throw it back and embrace the traditional roots of yoga with the Yoga Workshop. This Downtown Boulder sweat spot definitely has your Ashtanga fix. Embrace the DIY movement and practice individually in traditional Mysore style classes or share the love in the guided fundamental classes.
If indecision is your middle name (and this list of choices is your worst nightmare), take a deep breath. Here’s your answer: The Dailey Method combines the best of Pilates, yoga, and barre training, for a unique mix of movement that your body and mind will love. Nerd out and learn how The Dailey Method is embracing the newest findings in exercise science to create safe and effective workouts. After class, grab a yummy snack or indulge in some retail therapy at the Twenty Ninth Street outdoor shopping center.
This spot has the perfect touch. A little sugar, a little spice, a little sweat, sunshine, and energy efficiency, makes this studio on the corner of Bluff and 28th streets truly unique. And Radiance’s Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga helps people find their edge — or inch a little closer to it. Whether you come for the challenge or are in need of a Flow and Restore class, you can pat yourself on the back knowing you’re supporting a green business. With eco-friendly building materials, energy efficient utilities, and an appreciation for natural light, the studio consumes only half of the power of a typical hot yoga studio.
The Little Yoga Studio, nestled in the Village Shopping Center, has managed to find the yin and yang of the yoga world. A minimalist approach and low prices combined with a dedicated crowd and an array of classes creates the perfect balance — like you in your mountain pose. Whether you like it hot or not, you can choose from an array of Vinyasa classes, as well as Yin, therapeutic, and Kundalini classes. The Little Yoga Studio encourages their students to come grow with them. And we’re in love with their yoga in a big way.
Amana identifies more as a resource center than an athletic studio. Catered toward the “conscious explorers, the movers and the shakers, the ski bums, and the vintage adventurers”, Amana offers eclectic group yoga classes at every level, as well as meditation training and group sessions. For those who travel on two wheels, don’t worry about the Pearl St. chaos, there’s plenty of bike parking out front of the downtown studio.
Who says you can’t do it all? Cycle, work out, do Pilates, climb, and then head to yoga all in the same spot with the same membership. Movement Climbing and Fitness on the corner of 28th St. and Valmont Rd. has one of the most efficient and environmentally-friendly commercial buildings in the country, so you can feel good doing something for your body and the planet.
Central Boulder’s Earth Yoga was built on the premise that with so much divisiveness in nearly every aspect of the world, yoga can bring us all back to a single category. Rather than the labels, biases, and stereotypes that divide us, Earth Yoga welcomes all as one thing — earthlings. And that’s why they open each class with the greeting, “Welcome to Earth”. In addition to their healthy dose of perspective, Earth Yoga’s believes in accessible pricing — just $10 per class. Always, for everyone. Now you really have no excuse not to check them out, now do you, earthling?