Check out these 5 south metro independent yoga studios for some extra balance

Check out these 5 south metro independent yoga studios for some extra balance

If you’re starting to feel the pressures of the holiday season, yoga is one way to unwind and realign and find your inner peace. The south metro area is flush with locally owned studios started by yogis who share their own ways of offering, practicing and thinking about yoga. Consider dropping in on a class near you when you need to restore balance in your life.

Ashva Yoga
Address: 723 N. Wilcox St., Castle Rock
Hours: Daily yoga classes (see schedule for details)
Contact: 719-351-9837;
The scoop: Ashva Yoga’s equine focus is unlike any other south metro yoga studio. Owner Danny Chapparo had a horseback riding accident about 14 years ago, and to avoid surgery she gravitated to yoga. “Experiencing the profound health benefits on my own body made me want to learn and explore more,” Chapparo said. “I am passionate about yoga. I am also passionate about horses. There is such a huge connection between yoga and horses, which led me to teach equestrian yoga. Our emotional state and energy is mirrored by the horse. Yoga means ‘union,’ the connection between you and your horse.”

Full Circle Larkspur
Address: 127 W. Colorado Ave., Larkspur
Hours: Pilates: 6-11 a.m Monday-Thursday, yoga: 6-7:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, massages by appointment
Contact: 303-681-4323,
The scoop: Full Circle Larkspur offers Pilates, yoga and massage in a 2,000-square-foot studio with wood floors and vaulted cedar ceilings. It overlooks a pine forest. Yogis have been spied on by deer, turkeys and foxes. “My desire is to offer a sanctuary away from the moments of everyday life to choose your favorite modality in order to restore, calm or energize the physical body,” said owner Sandy McKeown. “Any choice — pilates, yoga or massage — is the right choice to move and live with greater ease and awareness.” Full Circle Larkspur is in downtown Larkspur.

Maha Soul
Address: 5739 S. Curtice St., Littleton
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Contact: 720-484-4288,
The scoop: Maha Soul opened in October 2015 in downtown Littleton as a soulful yoga studio and healing center. Last August, they moved three blocks in order to expand the space. Owner Tracy Lawson said the studio’s energy sets it apart. “We are downtown Littleton’s soulful yoga studio,” Lawson said. “We do shamanic healing in our healing center, and we also have a lot of fun, funky retail. There’s a lot of goddess energy here. You can just feel it.”

ONE Yoga
Address: 8101 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday,
Contact: 303-221-7000,
The scoop: Around 2012, owner Karey Goebel left her job as a software executive, moved to an organic farm in Castle Rock and became a yoga teacher. She grew up in Boulder and practiced yoga with her mom when she was a kid. “I fell in love with yoga really early, and it’s been a part of my life for many, many years,” Goebel said. “I knew I wanted to own my own studio one day.” She started at ONE Yoga as a member, became a teacher, and then bought the studio from the previous owner in January. “We have this amazing community of people who come from every skill level imaginable,” she said. “There’s a class here for everyone.”

Outlaw Yoga
Address: 2590 W. Main St., LIttleton
Hours: Hours vary; classes run 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. weekdays, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons and evenings
The scoop: Justin Kaliszewski, founder of Outlaw Yoga, said he believed that yoga studios throughout the Denver metro area needed a contemporary upgrade, and that’s what he sought to create. “Outlaw Yoga is a physically challenging, but technically simple form of the practice where community is the priority,” Kaliszewski said. “Every class starts with time to connect to our fellow humans, and our studio has a huge couch instead of a front desk to facilitate this. We just figure that you’re going to sweat your butt off, and if the person next to you gets some on you, you’ll be far more likely to laugh it off if you know a little something about them. We also feature live music in many of our classes and have a heck of a lot of fun.”



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