Who said yoga has to be so serious? Boulder’s legendary yoga community has taken the activity to the next level with these wacky combinations. These unique classes will lend a fresh take to all your asanas.
Stretch, breathe, laugh and be nuzzled by goats. There’s nothing not delightful about goat yoga, held at Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, a small farm smack dab in the middle of Boulder. Combining the therapeutic, endorphin-releasing benefits of yoga and animal contact, these classes will leave you grinning ear-to-ear and put a spring in your step.
Here in Boulder, a good yoga class is best washed down with a pint of IPA or stout. Join Mark Stefanowski at Sanitas Brewing for Full Throttle Yoga — an hour-long, all-levels vinyasa class on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month at 10:30am, followed by a beer with your fellow yogis. Classes are free, but donations are appreciated. All donations go to the Give Back Yoga Foundation.
Come to one of the nation’s top farmers markets to practice yoga, then enjoy a beer or kombucha from the beer garden with friends, and stock up on healthy, local goodies at the Boulder Farmers Market afterward.
The beautiful Boulder Reservoir is the perfect setting to try SUP yoga with Rocky Mountain Paddleboard. It’s a crazy-good workout for your core, as you learn to balance on the water and move through yoga poses. And if you happen to tip and take a dip — all the more refreshing!
Decompress your spine, use gravity for a great stretch and simply experience the thrill of being suspended in a hammock-like wrap for no-impact aerial yoga, available at Yoga Hive. Another option is to combine yoga and acrobatics for acroyoga — a freeing, flying sensation, made possible by the support of a yoga partner. Sound fun? Boulder Movement Collective has a weekly class.
Get grounded, breathe in Boulder’s fresh air and soak up mountain views in some Boulder’s loveliest city parks. FitLiv's PowerFit Yoga meets regularly in iconic Chautauqua Park, where views of the Flatirons are front and center. Additionally, Yoga in Your Park is a nationwide program that connects nature-loving yoga instructors to students wishing to expand their practice into the great outdoors. Choose from Tantra Park, with its rolling green hills, or Eben G. Fine Park, bordered by babbling Boulder Creek.
Yoga Pod instructors come to the Hilton Garden Inn Boulder periodically for a one-hour, all-levels vinyasa flow class poolside on the breathtaking rooftop of the hotel. Guests then are granted access to the pool for the rest of the day and are invited to stay for bottomless mimosas with brunch purchase at Hilton.
All Terrain Yoga recently added a class at Boulder Adventure Lodge, tucked away in the piney wilderness of Boulder Canyon (yet just 5 minutes from downtown). It happens Saturdays on the lodge's beautiful lawn, with time to enjoy a cup of coffee with your classmates and chill by the creek after class.
A heart-opening, inspirational weekend takes place in Boulder every year during the Hanuman Festival. Participants can relax and connect with like-minded yoga-lovers, check out the vendor village, listen to live music from top-name artists, and hear uplifting stories from the Wisdom Talk series.