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Flex Time

Yoga studios stretch accross the Mile-High Cit but this ancient practice isn't one size fits all. How to find the best Yoga for you.

November 2002

When yoga first became popular in this country in the 1960s, it was just yoga. Now there’s power yoga, integrated yoga, flowing yoga, gentle yoga, women’s yoga, senior yoga, and kid’s yoga. Lovers of hot yoga practice in classrooms where temperatures can climb to more than 100 degrees. People who want to drop out of their stressed-out, technology-oriented city lives for a few hours can try urban yoga.

The Denver/Boulder area has become a yoga lover’s paradise. In the last few years, schools teaching these different styles of the ancient Indian practice have popped up all over the Mile-High City. Gyms ranging from the YMCA to the Denver Athletic Club as well as spas such as the historic Oxford Hotel’s and Tallgrass in Evergreen are all catching the wave and offering classes.

“People are discovering yoga is an excellent way to exercise, with the potential to actually make them happy mentally and spiritually,” says Richard Freeman, owner of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder. A student of Ashtanga creator K. Pattabhi Jois and one of this country’s best-known Ashtanga teachers, Freeman’s classes attract large numbers of people and even the occasional celebrity such as Gwyneth Paltrow. “There’s something out there for everybody and every need.”