Finding Bliss in the Warmth of Hot Asana
“The start of the year has been chaotic,” reflects Liza Anderson, Hot Asana studio manager and yoga instructor, as she begins her 90-minute hot yoga class. I know how she feels. I have just sunk gratefully onto my yoga mat after an exceptionally busy day that built all the more aching anticipation for this hot yoga respite.
Hot Asana sits in the middle of South Tejon’s hip Trolley Block, surrounded by chicly renovated venues such as Streetcar520 and the Coffee Exchange. It’s here that Anderson expertly leads the heated, humid room of about 30 people through a strong, carefully designed vinyasa flow. Each movement leads to the next naturally. She circulates between yogis, giving a constant stream of gentle, direct instructions.
Participants move in unison while current music plays through the speakers. The class requires strength, endurance and close attention to your limits. As time passes, sweat pours from my body, evidence of the personal effort required.
Class ends with ample time to rest in Savasana, or corpse pose, the asana above all others in which your body is given time to savor and benefit from your practice. The lights are dimmed, and I lay in the dark; a cooling lavender-scented towel is placed across my eyes. One of the instructors offers a shoulder, arm and neck massage. My body melts, pure bliss.
Sample Costs: $18 single class, $30 for a 3-class live streaming pack, $150 for 10 classes.
522 S. Tejon St. | hotasanastudio.com
More Yoga Studios in Colorado Springs
With a mission “to make yoga accessible to all who seek it,” Cambio opens its doors wide to yogis from all walks of life, from the newest to the most experienced practitioner. The studio is donation-based, encouraging participants to pay what they can afford.
For your first visit, check out the website for important tips and to make a reservation in one of three studios. You’ll find a variety of classes offered every day, morning day and night.
Sample Cost: Suggested donation $9-$15 per one-hour class.
3326 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. | cambioyoga.com
Dragonfly Paddle Yoga
The peaceful essence of water meets a centering flow in this rejuvenating yogic experience. Practitioners float on 10-foot Glide Fit boards, and the low-impact, high-intensity classes are designed for all fitness levels.
Owner Christine Malmborg offers indoor aquatic classes at Pikes Peak Athletics training center, as well as outdoor paddleboard yoga, which will resume in May 2022. All equipment is provided.
Sample Cost: Pool classes $15 per person.
Indoor: 602 Elkton Dr. Outdoor: Monument, Quail and Prospect Lakes | dragonflypaddleyoga.com
Sure you can take restorative classes here, but dripping sweat is the name of the game. With two local studios, CorePower has built a reputation for high-intensity yoga classes in heated, humid temperature-controlled environments.
The environment aims to detoxify the body, strengthen muscles and deepen flexibility. Hot yoga classes follow a systematic order, while other studio offerings follow instructor-chosen vinyasa flows.
Sample Costs: $23 class, $109 for five-class punch card, $119 monthly membership.
1025 Garden of the Gods Rd. and 623 N. Nevada Ave. | corepoweryoga.com
Root, Center for Yoga & Sacred Studies
Root offers an expansive variety of classes, therapy sessions, mentorships and training, all aimed at helping yogis delve deeper into knowledge of themselves as well as the yogic practices. It’s self-described as a place for “conscious spiritual practice in sacred community.”
In addition to a full schedule of daily asana classes, you’ll find overnight weekend retreats, apprentice and teacher training programs, yoga therapy including practices to support addiction recovery, grief, depression, anxiety and chronic pain, and nutrition therapy.
Sample Costs: $15 class, $50 beginner five-class pack, $120 general 10-class pack, $90 recurring monthly membership.
617 N. 17th St., Ste. 200 | rootdownandgrow.com