Namaste in Park City: Why Yoga Is The Perfect Compliment To Your Stay
I discovered The Shop Yoga Studio during my month-long stay in Park City, Utah and I’m so grateful I did. It was my meditation and stretching sanctuary, my home away from home, and the perfect way to rest and recover after a high-elevation hike or day-long bike ride. The Shop definitely has a special energy, you can feel it when you enter, and the decor is funky and full of character, as any good yoga studio should have.
The main thing I loved about this studio was the quality of the instructors. Not only were they especially welcoming to an out-of-towner, but their knowledge and ability to teach the specifics of the poses was a huge plus. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been doing downward-facing dog the wrong way! It was the like instructors knew exactly what I needed, despite there being 14 other people in the class. The instruction moved us effortlessly through the hour-long practice and by the time I knew it, I was out the door, refreshed and ready for my next adventure.
The Shop offers three classes a day (beginning at approximately 9am, noon, and 5:30pm), all beginner level and mostly flow, with a suggested donation of $10-20/class. Walk-ins are welcome, and don’t worry about the classes being too full, the studio is roomy. Be sure to check the website for community outings, special classes and seasonal events.
Other Yoga Studios in Park City
As we all know, yoga can be an ideal way to balance mind, body and soul—as well as rejuvenate and enliven those over(or under?)used adventure experience muscles. Even if you’ve never done a yoga class in your life, I guarantee you’ll benefit from an hour spent stretching and breathing. In addition to The Shop, check out these other Park City studios, too, as each offers a slightly different flavor of yoga.
Open in 2018, this relatively new studio offers daily basic yoga, hot yoga and Bikram yoga classes. The bright and airy studio is a bit more modern in its decor than traditional yoga studios, and also offers combo classes that include yoga plus high intensity interval training or spin. Bonus: Enlighten Wellness is much more than just a yoga studio; check out their website for the full ranges of services, classes and offerings.
As the name suggests, this isn’t your average studio yoga. In fact, all of the yoga through this studio takes place in nature (or, in the winter you have to trek through nature to get to the yoga class). Choose between yoga on paddle boards (in 95-degree mineral water!), yoga and hiking, snowshoeing and yoga, or experiment with silks that are suspended in the trees at Blue Sky Ranch. Check the website for seasonal offerings.
Tucked away in the Westgate Resort and Spa at PC Canyons Resort, Yoga Kula offers a range of classes in a cozy studio, including hot pilates, Bikram yoga, and vinyasa. The best thing about this studio is that after class, yogis get to use (limited) resort spa facilities, weight/cardio room and indoor/outdoor pools at no charge!