Instead of the hair of the dog or a big, greasy breakfast to cure your hangover, try sweating it out at an early-morning class at Bikram Yoga Denver. Just walking into the 100-degree-plus yoga studio is enough to make beads of perspiration pop up on your brow. And as you attempt to bend and contort into 26 different postures, holding each one for a solid thirty seconds, last night's booze will flow out of your pores faster than it went down. Bikram's staff, trained by Bikram Choudhury, will guide you through the invigorating practice. The two spacious Asana rooms can be filled to the brim during peak hours, so the 6 a.m. class is the perfect way to start the day. Okay, 10 a.m. if it was a really late night.


The yoga fad is at its peak, and it seems every neighborhood in Denver now has a studio that promises to turn you into a flexible new-age Gumby. But what gets lost in all the hype is yoga's roots in India, where it was developed by Hindu religious instructors -- yogis -- as a way to calm the mind and move followers closer to enlightenment. That purpose hasn't been forgotten at Samadhi, which manages to offer a broad range of yoga classes while honoring the practice's traditions. You can't help but notice the statue of Laxmi (Hindu goddess of prosperity) in the corner, with offerings of flowers and incense at her feet, or the serene mural of the Buddha on one wall. And as your instructor moves you through countless Down Dogs, the prayer flags and lanterns that hang from the ceiling will serve as a reminder that yoga is more than just a physical activity. Now, take a deep breath and relax...
The yoga fad is at its peak, and it seems every neighborhood in Denver now has a studio that promises to turn you into a flexible new-age Gumby. But what gets lost in all the hype is yoga's roots in India, where it was developed by Hindu religious instructors -- yogis -- as a way to calm the mind and move followers closer to enlightenment. That purpose hasn't been forgotten at Samadhi, which manages to offer a broad range of yoga classes while honoring the practice's traditions. You can't help but notice the statue of Laxmi (Hindu goddess of prosperity) in the corner, with offerings of flowers and incense at her feet, or the serene mural of the Buddha on one wall. And as your instructor moves you through countless Down Dogs, the prayer flags and lanterns that hang from the ceiling will serve as a reminder that yoga is more than just a physical activity. Now, take a deep breath and relax...


For a weekend of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha or any other flavor of yoga or meditation, head for the hills about 45 minutes northwest of Fort Collins. The 600 acres of Shambhala Mountain Center have provided a setting for contemplative Buddhist retreat since 1971; after three years of expansion and development, the good folks there are reaching out to non-sectarians in search of a mindful resort. Weekend yoga and renewal retreats are offered about twice a month during the summer, with a range of accommodations available. The spectacular mountain setting and the wisdom of the staff welcome all into the nurturing atmosphere. In addition, the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya -- the largest Buddhist shrine in North America, fourteen years in the making -- is now open for tours on weekends.
For a weekend of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha or any other flavor of yoga or meditation, head for the hills about 45 minutes northwest of Fort Collins. The 600 acres of Shambhala Mountain Center have provided a setting for contemplative Buddhist retreat since 1971; after three years of expansion and development, the good folks there are reaching out to non-sectarians in search of a mindful resort. Weekend yoga and renewal retreats are offered about twice a month during the summer, with a range of accommodations available. The spectacular mountain setting and the wisdom of the staff welcome all into the nurturing atmosphere. In addition, the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya -- the largest Buddhist shrine in North America, fourteen years in the making -- is now open for tours on weekends.


This is the place for little dogs to have a big time. Most of the clients of this licensed boarding facility in Elbert County are bichons frises, shih tzus and Pomeranians. But if you're little and cute and pass the intake interview with owner Pam Knight, you can join up to fourteen of your small fuzzy buddies for an overnight stay. You'll have the time of your canine life romping in the non-kennel environment with individual suites. Your family will have to cough up $25 per night, and pickup and delivery from the metro area is $10 each way. But it's not all pampered pooches here: Since opening in 2000, the rescue side of the operation has placed over 100 adorable adoptees with good homes. That's not so ruff, is it?
This is the place for little dogs to have a big time. Most of the clients of this licensed boarding facility in Elbert County are bichons frises, shih tzus and Pomeranians. But if you're little and cute and pass the intake interview with owner Pam Knight, you can join up to fourteen of your small fuzzy buddies for an overnight stay. You'll have the time of your canine life romping in the non-kennel environment with individual suites. Your family will have to cough up $25 per night, and pickup and delivery from the metro area is $10 each way. But it's not all pampered pooches here: Since opening in 2000, the rescue side of the operation has placed over 100 adorable adoptees with good homes. That's not so ruff, is it?


Up in the air! It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, it's Red Rocket Rider! A high-flying Australian shepherd with a penchant for catching stuff in his mouth mid-air, Rider, a consecutive five-time Colorado state champion owned by Evergreen lawyer Christi Goodman, is one of the top disc dogs in the state -- and possibly the nation. But listen up, Fido: You don't have to be faster than a speeding bullet to have fun catching a Frisbee. For a good time, join the Colorado Disc Dogs and get together with like-minded buddies for a monthly romp in the park without having to worry about wowing the crowd.
Up in the air! It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, it's Red Rocket Rider! A high-flying Australian shepherd with a penchant for catching stuff in his mouth mid-air, Rider, a consecutive five-time Colorado state champion owned by Evergreen lawyer Christi Goodman, is one of the top disc dogs in the state -- and possibly the nation. But listen up, Fido: You don't have to be faster than a speeding bullet to have fun catching a Frisbee. For a good time, join the Colorado Disc Dogs and get together with like-minded buddies for a monthly romp in the park without having to worry about wowing the crowd.
You've done the tummy rub and played fetch at the park. How's about a little doggy dancing? Mile High Musical Tails, the Colorado chapter of the WCFO, offers you and your pet the chance to put on the dog in style. Classes are available through the Blue Springs & KatyDid Dog Training Center in Sheridan, and lessons are open to dogs and owners of all ages. Excessive obedience isn't necessary -- just creativity. The music, choreography and costuming will have your mutt struttin' in no time.

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