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Thinking about starting yoga but don’t know how to begin? Or maybe you’re stuck in a rut and want to switch up your routine? No matter where you're at, there’s plenty of good vibes to go around in the greater-Boulder area.
Here’s a guide to some of my favorite studios, must-try instructors and some of the coolest classes in town!
Instructor: Joy Shanley Miller
Class: podFLOW1 - Fridays @ 1:30pm
Joy truly embodies her name. She is a friend to all and a great teller of stories. Her podFLOW1 class is the perfect place to start if you are beginning your yoga journey. While giving great setup cues and loving adjustments for alignment, she always teaches a relatable lesson. Joy has a style that many try to replicate, but none have mastered and nothing in her class is forced—it always seems to be just what you need to hear. Joy’s environment of inclusivity has a real strength in building community, both on and off the mat.
Instructor: Noelle Pierrat
Class: podFIT - Sundays @ 10:30am
Noelle always packs a full house—and that’s because she packs a mean, sweat-worthy punch! If you are looking to whip your body into shape before Savasana, then this is the class for you. PodFIT is not your traditional yoga class; this workout challenges your body by incorporating cardio and weight training into your practice—which most experienced yogis would say is essential for keeping you stable, strong, and safe!
Instructor: Suzanne Spiegel
Class: YIN - Wednesdays @ 1:30pm
There are few people that I’ve encountered who know more about the practice of Yin Yoga than Suzanne. Her deep knowledge of Yin means she knows and understandings the best modifications for every body type during every flow—and she can adapt to what her students want and need, both mentally and physically. Plus, Suzzane’s classes never feel monotonous. During your flow, her use of props ensures that you have a complete immersion into your connective tissues. And as they say, the “issue is in your tissue”; so Suzanne’s class is a perfect place to safely delve into these spots in our bodies where we may be hanging on to extra (and stressful) stuff.
Instructor: Sophia Miller
Class: C2 - Thursdays @ 5:15pm | Sundays @ 4:45pm
If you’ve never been to Sophia’s class then you’re in for a treat! Sophia is pure light and is one of the most zen yogis I’ve ever had the honor of practicing with—but don’t let her softness fool you. Her flow is slow, sultry and strong. Some call it the slow burn. You’ll hold poses almost to your breaking point, all while Sophia motivates you with mantras like “no drama, just breath” and smiles. Plus, the tunes are always on point, including a live Sunday acoustic flow at the end of the month with local musician Trace Loptien. Also on Sundays, Sophia pays tribute to Oprah by declaring it Super Soul Sunday. Her late afternoon and early evening class become an amazing sweet spot where she transitions you into the new week, setting you up for success through an empowering flow.
Instructor: Heather Dawn Ardis
Class: C2 - Mondays @ 9am | Tuesdays @ 5pm | Wednesdays @ 6:15pm
The Svādhyāya (self-study) force is strong in Heather. Her classes are beautifully peppered with knowledge and awareness around the Chakra System—she plays harmonium, chants, and incorporates essential oils (optional). In a city that is pretty saturated with yoga teachers, she is a real standout. Heather’s spirit and flow are simply inspiring and I always leave her class feeling calm and restored.
Find yourself outside of the Boulder bubble from time-to-time strolling around downtown Denver like me? If you’re searching for a slower-paced, self-care flow on a Saturday night, this is my go-to class!
Instructor: Lauralyn Sullivan
Class: Yoga Nidra - Saturdays @ 6:45pm
Lauralyn’s mission is to transform suffering into compassion, and she excels at this. She has completed trainings in Nidra with some of the leading teachers in the industry and her voice was made for leading students into a calm Nidra practice. We are so lucky to have her in the Denver metro area. Lauralyn also teaches a wide array of courses at both of the River Yoga’s locations on Delaware Street and Welton Street. In the times we live in, rarely do people take the time to slow down and relax. It is said that practicing one hour of Nidra is equivalent to four hours of sleep, so do yourself a favor and book this incredible class.
If you’re looking to discover even more classes in the greater-Boulder and Denver area, find and book your next flow on the MINDBODY app!
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.