Colorado Yoga Community Fuels Yoga Growth Nationwide

A 2016 study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance reported that the number of American yoga practitioners grew from 20 million in 2012, to over 36 million in 2016, an 80% growth increase in just 4 short years. At the helm of this growth, the Colorado yoga community is a driving force.

As health conscious and entrepreneurial as we are, it's not surprising that Colorado is the home to several yoga companies who are responsible for bringing yoga to the masses. Colorado is hOMe to:

CorePower Yoga - CorePower's first studio location was on Grant Street in Denver. Today, CorePower Yoga operates in 20 states with more than 165 locations nationwide. Their wide range of heated and non-heated classes, combined with the quality and consistent experience they provide has drawn a huge following of new and experienced yoga practitioners.

Gaiam - Gaiam, based in Louisville, Colorado, sells yoga mats, props, online yoga classes and other yoga accessories to people around the globe. Their impressive wide distribution list includes 38,000 retail locations in stores like Target, Whole Foods, Dick's Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, Kohl's, and Bed Bath & Beyond among others. Their presence sparks interest in yoga while making the tools available to help people get started practicing.

Give Back Yoga Foundation - Boulder-based non-profit, Give Back Yoga Foundation supports and funds certified yoga teachers to offer yoga to under-served and under-resourced populations to help people across the nation experience the benefits of practicing. Their programs help make yoga available to people including veterans, cancer survivors, people in recovery from addiction, those suffering from eating disorders, as well as in the prison system. While their primary focus is to help these populations heal, they are subsequently shifting perspectives on yoga among skeptics and those unfamiliar to promote yoga as a holistic approach to heal the mind, body and spirit.

Furthermore, Colorado is also the home to several world renowned yoga teachers including Richard Freeman, Amy Ippoliti, Rod Stryker and Gina Caputo who have influenced the yoga industry both locally and internationally.

In the future, I believe that the different yoga experiences happening in Colorado, and the wide range of places where Coloradans practice yoga, will serve as inspiration for other cities. Yoga is about to be everywhere!