In big cities, yoga has long been popular, and it’s fairly easy to find a good studio in a place like New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco. But yoga-lovers in smaller cities may not have such luck. That’s not the case for Boulder – which was named one of the top 10 “Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns” by Yoga Journal, a noted national publication focused on yoga.
Yoga in these smaller cities – like Boulder – is fabulously unique and has a lot to offer. The scene in Boulder makes it a great place for yogis to practice and be inspired. IT’s also a great place for visitors to check out and explore.
The other cities on the Yoga Journal list with Boulder are: Asheville, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; Encinitas, Calif.; Minneapolis; New Orleans; Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City, Utah; Washington, D.C.; and Woodstock, NY.
With a population of about 100,160 – Boulder boasts 21 yoga studios. The city has an amazing reputation for being one of the healthiest, trend-setting, happiest and most livable places in the United States. Not a bad reputation, and that explains why the practice of yoga has flourished here.
The yoga scene here is second to none. Noted “famous” studios include Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop. Freeman is known as a master of Ashtanga Yoga from the tradition of K. Pattabhi Jois. Om Time Yoga sits right in downtown and many master teachers offer classes here, including Nicki Doane, Rod Stryker and kirtan wallah Girish.
There’s also the Iyengar Yoga Center of Boulder, CorePower Yoga (three locations) and Studio Be Yoga. Additionally, there’s the nationally noted Shoshoni Yoga Retreat just about 45 minutes outside of Boulder.
The yoga lifestyle is big business in Boulder. The area is the birthplace of many naturally focused companies, such as Sounds True (book and audio publisher), Gaiam, Prana and many others.