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.
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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.
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.