Studio Love, 1010 Carbon Court Unit G, Erie, 303-419-3658 studioloveyoga.com
Instructor: Julie Zanon has a degree is exercise science and worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for 10 years before finding yoga. She became a certified yoga instructor and started teaching in 2004. Wanting to be closer to home and her kids, Zanon opened Studio Love in Erie three years ago.
What is the workout? All Lovers Flow is the studio's creative take on all levels flow, often referred to as vinyasa. Combining breath with movement is the hallmark of vinyasa yoga.
"It's geared towards all levels vinyasa, which is flow yoga. It's taking a lot of the basic postures and building them together," said Zanon.
Zanon consistently reminded us when to breath in and out during different poses. This was very helpful for me, since I have a tendency to hold my breath during exercises. She also walked around the room assisting students, sometimes moving them deeper into a stretch or giving a light massage to the muscles. I really appreciated that she came back and performed the same assistance when the move was done on the other side. Without it, I would have felt off balance.
I've taken a few yoga classes in the past and I consider myself a beginner. I was able to follow along easily without getting lost or confused. The flows were simple and not overly challenging.
What's different? This is a quintessential yoga class. However, the feel of the studio certainly sets itself apart from its more commercialized competitors. Classes are held in a loft area that's bedazzled with strands of lights and just enough natural light from the windows to not feel claustrophobic or too exposed. Walking into the room had an immediate calming effect.
"We really focus on the supportive nature of the community and the ability to heal ourselves," said Zanon. "I love the connection that people find with themselves and the way they feel after class."
Despite being a growing town in the workout mecca that is Boulder County, Erie has a very limited selection of exercise studios. Driving through Colorado traffic to get to class isn't the best way to cultivate a peaceful state of mind. Studio Love fills a gap for Erie residents looking for a yoga studio close to home.
Cost: A single drop in class is $18, or $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Monthly unlimited is $39 for the first month then $125 for the following months. A 10-class pack is $150.
Level: Zanon offered modifications for the more difficult balance or strength moves. There wasn't any pressure to try a few of the more advanced variations. The flow was slow enough for most people to follow along with ease.
When: All Lovers Flow is at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.
What to prepare: Wear comfortable, fitted clothes and bring water. You can bring your own yoga mat but the studio provides mats for students.
Muscles worked: Although it's not muscle conditioning in the same way as weight lifting, yoga is a full body movement exercise. I find that I'm sore in places where my muscles are tight, especially my hip flexors and knees. As someone who sits at a desk all day, I need more of this kind of exercise in my life.
What I loved: I've never been the biggest fan of yoga and I wasn't sure why until, in the middle of sitting in a pigeon pose, Zanon said, "stillness takes practice." I'm not the best at being still and anxiety is a common result of such restlessness. In this class I found comfort and relaxation that I often struggle to find in other yoga classes.
What I didn't like: I did get lost finding the studio. It's tucked behind a number of industrial buildings. A sign for the studio would be very helpful.
How I felt after the class: This was the best class for me in that moment, as I was getting over a cold and feeling lethargic. It felt great to unwind and just focus on myself for an hour.
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