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5 Fitness Classes (and Studios) You Need to Try in Denver
Local
Published Wednesday Sep 12, 2018 by Brittany Raine

5 Fitness Classes (and Studios) You Need to Try in Denver

Cycling
Yoga
Fitness
Personal Training

As the temperature starts to drop in Denver, it’s time to heat up your fitness routine with a few fun, muscle-burning classes. From flying high at your first aerial yoga experience to finding the beat as you put the pedal to the medal with indoor cycling, trying out a new boutique fitness studio and class on the MINDBODY app can add a little *extra* variety to your workout routine. 

If you’re not sure what your next move might be, we’ve got five workouts (and their pretty sweet sweat-worthy studios) that you should you check out next. 

 

Atherial Fitness
Atherial Fitness

With an empowering community (and some Instagram-worthy aerial yoga silks), classes at Atherial Fitness focus on freedom, strength, safety, and technique for students of all levels. Connect your mind, body, and spirit through every pose at this studio, both on and off the mat.

Neighborhood: Highlands 
Our Class Pick:  Aerial Yoga Flow Basics 
The perfect introduction to aerial blended with a calming asana practice, you’ll defy gravity and develop balance while increasing overall mobility and flexibility. 
Fun Fact: Their teachers are called “Flight Instructors”... Now, who’s ready to reach for the stars?

 
High Ride Cycle
High Ride Cycle


You know when their website says “beat-based choreography,” you’ve found the right indoor cycling studio for you. With killer playlists, epic energy levels, and a staff of world-class trainers who will keep you motivated with every spin, High Ride Cycle offers the full-body workout you crave.   

Neighborhood: West Highlands 
Our Class Pick: The High Ride 
The most notable class that fits all fitness levels, you can catch a ride any day of the week. This 45-minute indoor cycling class is a serious heart-pounding party, including weights and resistance so you’ll be feeling the beat… and the burn. 
Fun Fact: High Ride Cycle offers themed cycling classes, featuring some pretty sweet playlists (Wake n’ Drake or Kayne Sunday, anyone?). Make sure to book your spot—bikes fill up fast! 
 

The REBEL Workout
The REBEL Workout

A truly unique HIIT experience, you’re guaranteed a serious sweat session at The Rebel Workout. From prenatal classes to fast-paced group workouts, and personal training, you’ll discover your next challenge. Tap into a new, victorious feeling at their open, communal space with experienced instructors.  

Neighborhood: Baker 
Our Class Pick: REBEL + MOBILITY 
Featuring all the benefits of their of their popular strength and cardio-based REBEL class, this workout incorporates 10-15 minutes of mobility work using things like foam rollers and lacrosse balls to release tension. 
Fun Fact: They are all about their rebel tribe vibe, and we LOVE it. Talk about a serious sense of community for seasoned vets and newbies alike. 

 
TransFORM Colorado
TransFORM Colorado 

Specializing in the calorie-burning Lagree Method and cardio-blasting climbing classes, TransFORM Colorado offers workouts that will tone, lengthen and strengthen your body, no matter your fitness level. With workouts on different machines like the Megaformer and Versa Climber, you’ll get the best fitness experience while creating a more balanced body.

Neighborhood: LoDo
Our Class Pick: Lagree
This 45-minute class on the M3 megaformer focuses on making your muscles work in a low-impact, results-driven environment with modifications for all levels. Prepare to feel those oh-so-good post-class shakes. 
Fun Fact: TransFORM’s owner, Beth Bedingfield, brings her experience from Los Angeles, where she trained a handful of celebrities, like Kate Hudson, Calvin Harris, and Julia Stiles. That’s some serious star power!  

 
Rhythm Revolution
Rhythm Revolution 

Welcome to the ultimate fitness and music experience. With a mantra rooted in the connection between exercise and sound, Rhythm Revolution is all about the feels you get from working out, and we are totally on board with that. Featuring classes that tap into all components of your well-being, be prepared to go on a beautiful, sweat-inducing journey.

Neighborhood: Park Hill
Our Class Pick: Soundcycle (Barre Edit)
A fusion indoor cycling class that incorporates 30-minutes of barre, this one-hour class will have you moving, grooving, and feeling stronger in no time at all. 
Fun Fact: Rhythm Revolution “geeks out” on music, and we’re here for it. Their positive vibes are contagious—did we mention the studio and staff all have tribe titles? 
 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.