Ah yes… the women with long hair and no makeup, sporting those oh-so-yummy yoga pants, men in cut-off sweats with sculpted shoulders, vegetarian, vegan-loving, soft spoken hippies who can’t wait to get their “Yog” on, talk about opening their hearts and twist their bodies into pretzel shapes.
Totally! So what drives otherwise seemingly sane people to this practice? Inner peace, man! And.. strength, flexibility, endurance, plus numerous health benefits, to name a few. Yes, yoga IS a workout, but it’s so much more than that! Did you know yoga can improve your sleep? It can also improve your posture, stress, muscle tone, mental health, back pain, breathing problems, and bone health. Yoga even boosts the immune system. Sweet!
What is Yoga?
The classical techniques of Yoga date back more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the desire for greater personal freedom, health and long life, and heightened self-understanding gave birth to this system of physical and mental exercise which has since spread throughout the world. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience.
There are over 100 types of Yoga and many varieties can be found right here in Ogden. Most anyone of any age and physical condition can practice Yoga, and there is something for everyone right here in O-town. Ogden’s Yoga community is growing thanks to the concentrated efforts of many studios and instructors passionate about bringing more Yoga to more people. Thanks to this sweet little guide, you’ll now have all things Yoga in Ogden at your fingertips!
The Ogden Yoga Scene:
The FIRST thing you need to do to find Yoga in Ogden is get on Facebook and search for Yogis of Ogden. This online community, created by Live Natural’s Bethany Tracy, was created to provide a collaborative for all things Yoga in Ogden. It provides studio schedules, instructor bios, and a forum for students and teachers to connect. You can do your Yoga part and help grow awareness in the community by using the hashtag #yogisofogden when you’re out and about!
Find it here:Yogis Of Ogden
Next, check out the following studios right on Ogden’s Historic 25th St. There is nothing like the charm of century-old buildings to get your Zen on!
107 25th St Lotus Yoga’s Stephanie DeTar has been involved in the yoga world since her teens. She has been a 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) since 2011 when she decided to travel to Indonesia and seek certification through the School of Sacred Arts. There she was trained in Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. She has also trained with Shiva Rea, completing her Trance Dance certification in 2012.
In 2011 Stephanie moved to Utah and stumbled upon the beautiful building where she now houses her shop, Blooming Lotus Imports, and Lotus Yoga & Dance Studio. Along with her talented instructors she strives to bring an environment of healing and growth to the studio. Stephanie welcomes all levels to the mat and sets a nurturing environment in her classroom. She asks that you honor where you are today and work from there to connect mind to body and body to breath.
HIGHER GROUND HOT YOGA OGDEN111 25th St
Michael is a former member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team (1988-’91). He had four knee operations during the 10 years that he skied competitively. He started practicing hot yoga in 2002 to heal his abused body and he experienced such a profound improvement in his overall well-being that he went to Bikram Yoga teacher training in 2003. He opened Bikram Yoga Ogden in 2004 and recently opened a new studio in Layton. The studios are now called Higher Ground Hot Yoga-Ogden & Layton and offer the traditional “Bikram Style” hot yoga. He will soon add 60-minute Hot Yin and 60-minute Hot Vinyasa classes.
For class schedule and more information please visit: www.highergroundhotyoga.com
IMAGINE JEFFERSON COMMUNITY YOGA CLASSES 550 25th St
The community yoga classes sponsored by Giv Group at Imagine Jefferson is a brand new program designed to bring free yoga to the community. The program’s director, Amanda, is an adventuring optimist who has quickly lost her heart to the city of Ogden. She is passionate about biking, climbing, (any)boarding, Yoga, and making amazing connections. Working with Giv Communities has enabled her to better live her life’s mission, which is to make the world a better place because she is in it, (and to save all of the puppies.)
Her most recent crusade is to bring a free community Yoga class to Ogden, which is a side of the Yoga community that is needed. By uniting seasoned yogis, and those who have yet to commit to a studio, this free program will bridge the gap and provide opportunities for everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of a consistent Yoga practice while adding to a sense of community.
Not feeling the Historic Vibe? Hop over a couple of streets and check out the beautiful YogaLoft at the Front Climbing Club: (It’s still historic but we dare you to tell the difference!)
THE YOGA LOFT 225 E 20th St
Maggie Smith-Odette moved to Utah from Michigan in 2009…for love…and brought her love of yoga with her. Working at one of the Midwest’s largest studios gave her an opportunity to learn from some of the most dynamic teachers in the country. In spring 2008, she completed her 200 hour training with the studio’s owner, Jonny Kest, continuing the living tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga passed on by Jonny’s teachers, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and David Williams.
Maggie manages The YogaLoft, inside The Front Climbing Club on 20th Street, sharing ashtanga and an athletic brand of vinyasa within this growing yoga community. She has also taught yoga at national and international rock climbing events. An E-RYT-200, she started the YogaLife Teacher Training Program (RYS-200) in January of 2013.
She is grateful to Jonny, all the teachers and students at Center for Yoga, as well as Matthew Sanford, for teaching her that we each reside within a unique body that has an amazing ability to breathe; this is the thread which connects us.
Your super awesome Yoga experience doesn’t have to stay within the confines of downtown Ogden. If you’re wanting to explore and expand your practice, these studios also have quite a bit to offer!
OGDEN SANGHA YOGA 1339 W 400 N, Marriott-Slaterville
The word “Sangha” means “community” in Sanskrit, and Ogden Sangha Yoga chose the name because there is a real sense of community among the students and teachers. They take pride in providing a welcoming environment and offering classes that are beneficial for all age groups. Students range from women and men who are in high school and college to those who are enjoying their retirement years. There is nothing more gratifying than helping students with flexibility and balance problems and watching them improve. The health benefits of yoga for students are really remarkable!
For class schedules and information, visit: www.ogdensanghayoga.com
TIMELESS YOGA 6112 S 1550 E, South Ogden
TimeLess Yoga is affiliated with TimeLess Med-Spa & Weight Loss and TimeLess Fitness. TimeLess’ owner, Laura Thompson, has been teaching yoga for about 10 years and didn’t start practicing until she was nearly 40. So, as she says, “It’s never too late!” Laura is an attorney so her work life is fairly stressful. She was in private practice for 13 years and has worked for the Utah Attorney General’s Office for nearly 11 years. She also represents the Utah Department of Human Services.
Laura loves being able to provide a nurturing environment for other people to explore yoga — the studio is peaceful and safe, calming and stabilizing. She started a yoga teacher training program last year and is about to graduate the first class of 8 yoga teachers in October. Laura has been involved in the Ogden Yoga Fest since its first year, and she is an E-RYT200 with Yoga Alliance. The studio tries to host or highlight a workshop every month and offers 13 classes each week with a variety of pass packages. Laura currently has plans in the works to host an international retreat next year, perhaps in Costa Rica or Mexico, as well as a Wellness Conference in the winter that will showcase holistic and Ayurvedic modalities, Yoga, Reiki, massage, energy work, access bars, etc.
For class schedules and more info, visit: www.timelessyogaogden.com
Ogden has some sweet seasonal Yoga events open to the community, and these are a great way for the beginner or advanced Yogi alike to become acquainted with all things Yoga:
OASIS COMMUNITY GARDEN 2445 Monroe Blvd
Started last year as a test-program, Oasis Summer Nights, sponsored by the Junior League of Ogden, is in its first full-season program. The market includes crafters, artisans and local producers accompanied by live music every Thursday throughout the summer from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Additionally, garden Yoga is provided by Bethany Tracy of Live Natural, free of charge, each week – class starts at 7:00; participants are encouraged to bring a mat of their own though some extras are available. A Saturday morning class at 9:00 a.m. is also held for a cost of $5.
The Junior League of Ogden was founded in 1953, having grown from the Martha Society, which was originally launched in 1906. The league’s community projects address some of Northern Utah’s most critical issues, primarily those affecting women and children. Because the league has such a strong focus on community health and prevention – Yoga is a great way to introduce an active element to the garden programs and expose those that might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a studio class. The garden was originally purchased as a means to actively combat childhood obesity – everything done there is with the intention of a holistic approach to healthy living: grow healthy, eat healthy, be active, and stay active.
Source, Kim Bowsher, Junior League of Ogden
For more information, please visit: Junior League of Ogden on Facebook
The goal of the Ogden Yoga Fest is to build awareness about yoga in Ogden and the surrounding community, and raise funds for the domestic violence shelter in Ogden: http://yccogden.org/. This exciting annual event has Yoga for EVERYBODY! From beginner to advanced there is something for Yogis of all ages. OYF 2013 had 27 skilled teachers and 38 classes, as well as live music, local vendors, and much more. All proceeds are donated to the YCC women and children’s shelter in Ogden each year. Ogden Yoga Fest 2014 is in the planning stages – watch Facebook for more details!
For more info, visit: OgdenYoga Fest on Facebook
Now that you’ve gotten a good sample of what’s out there, we invite you to check out the Yoga Scene in Ogden, and take advantage of all the great and wonderful instructors – find the inner peace that is out there just waiting for you! (You totally don’t need sculpted shoulders or long hair, we promise!) Yoga honors your journey, and each journey is different, just as every instructor/studio has something different to offer, and that variety exists right here in awesome Ogden. Get out and YOGA!! And don’t forget to hashtag!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bethany Tracy is passionate about Yoga, and perhaps even more passionate about Ogden. An avid adventurist, she enjoys spending her time outdoors: Hiking, biking, running, camping, climbing, traveling, and most definitely Yoga-ing in nature whenever and wherever the inspiration strikes. She has been affectionately dubbed “Ogden’s Biggest Fan,” as she recognizes the beauty and potential for outdoor enthusiasts and businesses alike.
Bethany is the owner of Live Natural and Hippie Skin, as well as the founder of the Ogden Outdoors Group and Yogis of Ogden. Her mission in business and in Yoga is to inspire others to embrace the journey and become passionate about life. For more info, contact Bethany by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her at one of the links below: