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Published Wednesday May 15, 2019 by Karstee Davis

The Ultimate Guide to Yoga Classes + Instructors in Boulder

Yoga
Meditation

Thinking about starting yoga but don’t know how to begin? Or maybe you’re stuck in a rut and want to switch up your routine? No matter where you're at, there’s plenty of good vibes to go around in the greater-Boulder area. 

Here’s a guide to some of my favorite studios, must-try instructors and some of the coolest classes in town! 


Yoga Pod Boulder

Instructor: Joy Shanley Miller
Class: podFLOW1 - Fridays @ 1:30pm
Joy truly embodies her name. She is a friend to all and a great teller of stories. Her podFLOW1 class is the perfect place to start if you are beginning your yoga journey. While giving great setup cues and loving adjustments for alignment, she always teaches a relatable lesson. Joy has a style that many try to replicate, but none have mastered and nothing in her class is forced—it always seems to be just what you need to hear. Joy’s environment of inclusivity has a real strength in building community, both on and off the mat. 

Instructor: Noelle Pierrat
Class: podFIT - Sundays @ 10:30am 
Noelle always packs a full house—and that’s because she packs a mean, sweat-worthy punch! If you are looking to whip your body into shape before Savasana, then this is the class for you. PodFIT is not your traditional yoga class; this workout challenges your body by incorporating cardio and weight training into your practice—which most experienced yogis would say is essential for keeping you stable, strong, and safe!

Instructor: Suzanne Spiegel
Class: YIN  - Wednesdays @ 1:30pm
There are few people that I’ve encountered who know more about the practice of Yin Yoga than Suzanne. Her deep knowledge of Yin means she knows and understandings the best modifications for every body type during every flow—and she can adapt to what her students want and need, both mentally and physically. Plus, Suzzane’s classes never feel monotonous. During your flow, her use of props ensures that you have a complete immersion into your connective tissues. And as they say, the “issue is in your tissue”; so Suzanne’s class is a perfect place to safely delve into these spots in our bodies where we may be hanging on to extra (and stressful) stuff.

 

CorePower Yoga 

South Boulder
Instructor: Sophia Miller
Class: C2 - Thursdays @ 5:15pm | Sundays @ 4:45pm
If you’ve never been to Sophia’s class then you’re in for a treat! Sophia is pure light and is one of the most zen yogis I’ve ever had the honor of practicing with—but don’t let her softness fool you. Her flow is slow, sultry and strong. Some call it the slow burn. You’ll hold poses almost to your breaking point, all while Sophia motivates you with mantras like “no drama, just breath” and smiles. Plus, the tunes are always on point, including a live Sunday acoustic flow at the end of the month with local musician Trace Loptien. Also on Sundays, Sophia pays tribute to Oprah by declaring it Super Soul Sunday. Her late afternoon and early evening class become an amazing sweet spot where she transitions you into the new week, setting you up for success through an empowering flow. 


CorePower Yoga 

North Boulder
Instructor: Heather Dawn Ardis
Class: C2 - Mondays @ 9am | Tuesdays @ 5pm | Wednesdays @ 6:15pm
The Svādhyāya (self-study) force is strong in Heather. Her classes are beautifully peppered with knowledge and awareness around the Chakra System—she plays harmonium, chants, and incorporates essential oils (optional). In a city that is pretty saturated with yoga teachers, she is a real standout. Heather’s spirit and flow are simply inspiring and I always leave her class feeling calm and restored. 


Find yourself outside of the Boulder bubble from time-to-time strolling around downtown Denver like me? If you’re searching for a slower-paced, self-care flow on a Saturday night, this is my go-to class!  

 
The River Yoga 

Golden Triangle
Instructor: Lauralyn Sullivan
Class: Yoga Nidra - Saturdays @ 6:45pm
Lauralyn’s mission is to transform suffering into compassion, and she excels at this. She has completed trainings in Nidra with some of the leading teachers in the industry and her voice was made for leading students into a calm Nidra practice. We are so lucky to have her in the Denver metro area. Lauralyn also teaches a wide array of courses at both of the River Yoga’s locations on Delaware Street and Welton Street. In the times we live in, rarely do people take the time to slow down and relax. It is said that practicing one hour of Nidra is equivalent to four hours of sleep, so do yourself a favor and book this incredible class.

 

If you’re looking to discover even more classes in the greater-Boulder and Denver area, find and book your next flow on the MINDBODY app!  

Karstee Davis
Written by
Karstee Davis
Writer + Yogi
About the author
Karstee Davis is a writer + yogi living in the Boulder, CO area. She has written for Folk Rebellion, The Endometriosis Foundation of America, and CO Yoga + Life Magazine. You can find her at www.purifiedoutlook.com or on Instagram @purifiedoutlook.
Prenatal Fitness - MINDBODY
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Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Whitney English

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prenatal Fitness 

Yoga
Pilates
Barre
Strength Training
Cardio
Expert Advice

For many pregnant women, exercise can take a backseat. I get it. You’re exhausted and uncomfortable—slipping into a pair of tight leggings and sweating your booty off doesn’t exactly sound like a great way to reduce your discomfort.
 
While working out may sound like the last thing you want to do when you’re carrying another human inside of you, engaging in regular, low-impact activities during pregnancy is extremely beneficial to both you and your baby. In fact, some studies show that prenatal exercise may help to reduce aches and pains, improve sleep, and boost mood. But figuring out which exercises are safe for you and your baby can be confusing. If you Google prenatal exercise, you’ll find a wide range of conflicting opinions on what moms-to-be should and shouldn’t do.
 
As a dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a mom to a 16-month old, exercise has always been a priority for me. During my pregnancy, I was determined to continue my regular routine as long as possible, so I spent a ton of time researching and speaking to experts to learn the best practices for exercise during pregnancy. Here is my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to prenatal fitness, no matter where you are when it comes to motherhood. 
 

Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

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Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

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Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

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Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

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Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

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Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

Whitney English - MINDBODY
Written by
Whitney English
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
About the author
A former journalist and entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, Whitney English found her passion in wellness and nutrition. Tired of the quick fix promises she encountered in Hollywood, she became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, making it her mission to research health trends to help determine the best ways to eat, move, and live for long-lasting health.