With many of us surrounded by family and a huge, high-pressure meal to cook, Thanksgiving can be stressful. Lucky, a number of yoga studios around town had the same thought: People might need a way to relax. We've put together a guide to places to practice the stress-relieving, centering art in between basting that turkey and keeping the peace among your oddball relatives so that you can savasana your way to a less tense holiday.
Root Yoga Center Where: 1539 Platte St. When: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: Non-perishable food items to donate This aptly titled "Yoga of Giving" class benefits a good cause -- the Food Bank of the Rockies. Center yourself in this Forrest Yoga class while providing food for families all over Colorado.
Whole Yoga Where: 1735 E. 17th Ave. When: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $12 or 2 pass card credits This all-levels Hatha Yoga class will be guided by Whole Yoga director Satya Larrea, who says that "the idea is come with a few family members and prepare for your day and relax." So don't worry about being a beginner.
CorePower Yoga Where: various locations When: 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Grant Studio, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. at the Cherry Hills Studio, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Highlands Studio, 12 to 1:15 p.m at the Broadway Studio, and 12 to 1:15 p.m. at Colorado Boulevard Cost: By donation CorePower Yoga Cares is offering a wide variety of athletic yoga classes on the holiday, all by donation to benefit the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. For full listings off all the classes, visit their website.
Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation Where: 639 E. 19th Ave. When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: By donation The Samadhi Center is offering two by-donation classes at the same time on Turkey Day--"Falling Into Appreciation," an all-levels Kundalini class focused on feeling good, and "A Day of Gratitude and Love," a faster-paced Vinyasa flow class focused on gratitude.
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YouTube Yoga Where: Your bedroom floor When: Whenever you want Cost: Nothing! If you really have no time to escape your house this Thanksgiving, your best bet is to lock yourself in your bedroom for a few minutes with your laptop and relax with YouTube Yoga. There are about a billion videos out there, so you'll have tons to choose whether you're into ridiculous 80s yoga, Davey Wavey's underwear yoga, or serious, relaxing yoga.