“A friend and I would like to try out a beginners’ yoga class that isn’t too expensive — what would you recommend?”
I bet many readers have had this same question. With all the excellent choices for newbie yogis in our city, it can be hard to know where to start.
When looking at studio schedules, look for the words gentle, hatha or slow in the class name. The words basics and foundations are good, too, if you’re searching for a beginners class.
Here are more tips:
1. Take advantage of the free week that several studios offer, including Pranava Yoga Center (pranavayoga center.com), CorePower Yoga (corepoweryoga.com), Marmalade at Smokebrush (smokebrush.org) and Motionx (motionxstudio.com). This lets you try different styles and levels.
2. Go to a donation studio. At cambio. Yoga (cambio yoga.com) they recommend $7-$12 per class, or whatever you can afford. Both Manitou Yoga (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Phoenix Yoga Lounge (phoenix email@example.com) are donation-based and located in Manitou Springs.
3. Single free classes abound if you do a bit of research and look at class schedules online. Most studios are good about keeping their weekly offerings up to date. Your first class is free at the Bija Studio (thebijastu dio.com), and there’s a free class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays in the showroom downtown at Lululemon Athletica (lululemon.com).
4. Many studios offer free classes on your birthday, such as Yoga Journeys (yoga -journeys.net), CorePower Yoga and cambio. Yoga.
5. Once you exhaust all the free options, there are plenty of affordable classes, too. Playoga (playogastudio .com) charges $10 per class.
6. Try a class at your gym or fitness center. Most of them offer some type of yoga, and it’s usually free with your membership.
Yoga teachers, this next part’s for you. Did you know there was such an organization as the Yoga Teachers of Colorado Springs (YTOCS)?
I didn’t until last year, and I’ve taught yoga in town for almost five years.
The group was founded in 1997 by a handful of local teachers, including Teryl Lundquist, who owns and teaches at Yoga Journeys. Corinne Andrews, who owns Yogafied (yogafied.com), leads the group right now.
They will hold an event Sunday to celebrate their 15th anniversary. All yoga teachers in the area are invited.
The afternoon will include a kirtan with Bhagavan Kirtan, a short history and question-and-answer session with the founding members of YTOCS and a discussion of ahimsa (nonviolence), and their intention to be the “Keepers of the Soul of Yoga.”
Jennifer Mulson is a Gazette reporter who teaches yoga at CorePower Yoga. Her column appears biweekly in Health and Wellness. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.