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Namaste Durango: Where to Yoga

Namaste Durango

Yes, it’s true: Durango is a dog-loving city, and we’re not talking just Rover and Fluffsters. There’s also Upward and Downward, two of the most common asanas in yoga. Whether these are familiar positions to you or you’re simply intrigued, pick any day this week to checkout one of these choice locations to yoga in Durango. A mostly-exhaustive list, keep in mind that many teachers offer private classes and guidance on the side, so if you’re looking to deepen your practice, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the following locations to hear their recommendations. Meanwhile, Namaste!                        

4-Corners Yoga: In the historic Smiley Building. 1309 East 3rd Ave, Room #32 (on the third floor). 970.259.4794. In a room filled with natural light and Iyengar-designed props are Kathy Curran’s series of traditional B.K.S. Iyengar yoga classes. With emphasis on correct alignment, Kathy’s classes are designed with every level of yogi in mind. With Kathy’s guidance and the aid of equipment, build strength, stamina, balance and flexibility. Divided into eight-week sessions, Kathy’s classes are offered Monday through Thursday at various times. Classes are either 1, 1.5, or 2-hours long. Fees: 1-hour classes ($88/8-weeks; $13 drop-in); 1.5-hour classes ($96/8-weeks; $14 drop-in); 2-hour classes ($104/eight weeks; $15 drop-in). Privates are $75. Call 970.259.4794 or email kathy@4cornersyoga.com for more information.  

Best yoga for: Practitioners looking to grow in their practice with one focused teacher who’s been teaching yoga in Durango since 1987.

Durango Rec Center: 2700 Main Ave. 970.375.7300. The second-most affordable yoga in town also includes access to the gym and hot tub, so make it an event and treat yourself to the best $6 you’ve ever spent. All classes are included with daily admission and take place in the aerobics studio on the 2nd floor in an airy space replete with mirrors and ballet bars. Bring your own mat and settle in for 60-, 75-, and 90-minute classes taught by some of the same teachers of other yoga studios around town. Classes are offered daily and times vary from early morning to late in the evening, so check the updated monthly schedule here. Punch, monthly, and annual passes are available.

Best yoga for: Yoga newbies, people with busy schedules, and yogis who likes amenities (hot tub, anyone?).

Ska Brewing: Ska Brewing World Headquarters, 225 Girard Street. 970.247.5792. Monday’s, 5:30-6:30pm. If you’re looking for a relaxed environment (ie, you’re okay with background noise) that might even include some spontaneous laughter, then Ska’s Happy Hour Yoga is the place for you. Bring $10 and your own mat and settle in for the perfect ending to your Monday. Includes a pint of beer following the hour of all things om.

Best yoga for: Girlfriends wanting to get their boyfriends into yoga.    

Sunrise Yoga: 2750 Main Ave (next to Durango Recreation Center). 970.259.0385. Yoga outside in the morning? Yes please! Especially as the temperatures warm, checkout Sunrise Yoga Monday’s and Wednesday’s 7-8am & 8:15-9:15am, and on Friday’s 8:15-9:15am only. Beginners are totally welcome in this Hatha/Flow Yoga style with emphasis on spinal health, breath awareness, alignment and body/mind connection. A portion of the $5 class fee goes to the Boys & Girls Club. Mats and props supplied. Contact susan@sunriseyogadurango.com for details.

Best yoga for: Morning people and bargain shoppers.

The Sweaty Buddha: 100 Jenkins Ranch Road. 970.403.8885. Durango's hot yoga studio sits on the rim near Fort Lewis College and invites both experienced and curious yogis to discover the endless benefits of sweat. Besides reaping all of the other awesome rewards of yoga (flexibility, strength, balance, better posture, etc.), you’ll also experience the elation of detoxifying your body. Reduce stress, get that glistening glow, and lighten up in this community-oriented space that offers 60-, 75-, and 90-minute classes and the best introductory rate in town: $59 for a month of unlimited yoga for new students! Otherwise, drop-ins are $15 ($12 for college students). Punch, monthly and annual packages available. Privates $100. info@thesweatybuddha.com.

Best yoga for: Anyone looking to warm up during the winter and stay toned throughout the year.  

YogaDurango: Two locations: 1485 Florida Road, Bldg. C #201; 1140 Main Ave. Contact: owners Michele (970.946.8961) and Sheryl (970.769.6875); info@yogadurango.com. Durango’s largest yoga community not only offers multi-level classes throughout the week but also invites yogis to deepen their practice through retreats, kirtan chanting, dance, dj’s, yoga therapy, art and more. Drop-in $16 ($15 student drop-in). Punch, monthly and annual passes available. Check yogadurango.com for class schedule.

Best yoga for: Yogis who enjoy learning, meditation, and bright, sunny rooms.   

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