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Our Top 10 Favorite Fall Drinks in Denver
Local
Published Friday Oct 12, 2018 by Brittany Raine

Our Top 10 Favorite Fall Drinks in The Mile High City

 

The temperatures might have dipped, but things are heating up when it comes to tasty, fall flavored beverages—and no, we aren’t just talking about pumpkin spice lattes. Whether you’re all about that early morning espresso or are looking for an afternoon post-workout smoothie, we’ve got our top 10 favorite seasonal drinks served at some pretty cool and cozy spots around Denver (that won’t destroy your diet!). 

 
Denver coffee shops
COFFEE + ESPRESSO

Where: Corvus Coffee
Order: Auburn Latte
Cinnamon infused maple syrup + espresso and a cloud of frothy cream? Yes, please!    

Where: Little Owl Coffee 
Order: Pour-over coffee
Straightforward and smooth, give yourself a little extra time to enjoy while chatting up their knowledgeable baristas. 

Where: Black Eye Coffee Shop 
Order: Cortado 
Never heard of it? We are all about sipping this tasty, texturized espresso and steamed milk beverage in this totally hip space. 

 
Denver tea shops
TEA

Where: Teatulia Tea & Coffee Bar 
Order: Ginger Spice Tea Latte
A warming blend of chamomile, fresh ginger, cayenne and vanilla, this tea latte is a delectable dream. 

Where: The Corner Beet 
Order: Earthroot Latte
Made with maca, cacao, honey, and 100% real coconut milk, this superfood latte is superb, especially after an afternoon workout.  

Where: Metropolis Coffee 
Order: Oat Dirty Chai Latte
Made with oat milk and chai, this drink is a perfectly delicious concoction. And did we mention their latte art is on point?  

 
Denver smoothies
JUICE + SMOOTHIES

Where: The Juicing Tree
Order: Apple Pie Cold Pressed Juice 
Made fresh daily, this juice just fits this chilly season. A blend of apples, vanilla and fall spices, your body will thank you. 

Where: Vitality Bowls
Order: Pumpkin Smoothie 
Did someone say pumpkin in a smoothie with acai, cinnamon, nutmeg and fruit? This drink is a must-have post-class. 

 

Denver kombucha

KOMBUCHA 

Where: Happy Leaf Kombucha 
Order: Cranberry Lavender Kombucha 
A beautiful probiotic blend of cranberries and aromatic lavender, this refreshing booch is one of our fall favs any time of day.   

Where: American Cultures Kombucha 
Order: Kombucha mimosas 
Situated in an open and inviting taproom, gather your friends, get cozy and don't feel guilty sipping on these new, oh-so-tasty boozy booch mimosas. 
 

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.