Steamboat welcomes Out Here Yoga and Rakta Hot Yoga to town
August 14, 2017
Two new yoga studios are poised to pose in Steamboat Springs.
Adding to the growing community of yogis, the studios each bring different styles of yoga to town but share the purpose of community.
Out Here Yoga, co-founded by Laura Rust, Shannon Crow and Nancy Perry, specializes in Baptiste yoga and is located at 685 Marketplace Plaza, Suite #C2, above McKnight's Irish Pub. This particular style of yoga was created by the yoga visionary Baron Baptiste, who founded Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga.
Rakta Hot Yoga, created by instructor and owner Sandy Fallon and featuring a variety of class offerings and wellness opportunities, is located at 1169 Hilltop Pkwy., Suite 202 A.
Out Here Yoga
"I found Baptiste yoga through Vinyasa," said Rust, who also opened Big Power Yoga in Houston with Perry and will open another location in Aug. 21. "It's just as empowering but also challenging, and it's super athletic but really accessible. From the language we use and modifications we offer, it's something anyone can take on.”
The studio in Steamboat opened on Aug. 3 and will host a grand opening party at 5 p.m. Sept. 2.
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Traveling to Steamboat as a kid in the summer and winter made opening a studio here a serendipitous journey for Rust.
"I had worked some crazy hours one day and was really tired so I just laid down to take a nap, and it just hit me," said Rust, a certified Baptiste Yoga teacher since 2010, who also teaches SUP yoga classes through Big SUP Yoga. "It doesn't make any sense other than I had this vision to create a studio in Steamboat and that was the goal. It hit me in that moment. The only way it's worked is because of the incredible team and the community is so strong."
Rust said the Baptiste approach to yoga focuses on practices and techniques rooted in the asana, meditation and personal inquiry to understand each individual's "why."
The classes typically start with sun salutations and then move into a series of poses meant to add cardio and strength. In addition, the studio is heated to 95 degrees and features wood floors and a view of Mount Werner.
"This style of yoga is really challenging and brings up things you may have a resistance to," said Crow, a certified Baptiste Yoga teacher for the past four years. "But through that, it shows you what's really possible through movement but it also translates off the mat to show you what's possible in your life."
Rakta Hot Yoga
"I wanted to bring a true comprehensive yoga studio with lots of variety to be able to reach as many people in the community as possible and fulfill all sorts of yoga needs whether it be barre and fitness classes or for someone who needs more meditation and restorative yoga," Fallon said about her Rakta Hot Yoga studio.
After working as a physician assistant in a busy emergency department, she saw firsthand the tolls of stress and unhealthy lifestyles. Fallon found yoga 18 years ago after discovering that her back pain from running disappeared when she started practicing.
With power yoga, barre, Rakta sculpt, kickboxing, pranayama meditation, restorative and Buti Flow classes, the studio features hot yoga, at temperatures ranging from 90 to over 100 degrees, and a yoga wall, which originates in the Iyengar yoga lineage as a way to deepen stretches for those with injuries especially in the shoulders or wrists.
In addition, Rakta offers a variety of wellness workshops, monthly social mixers, social sweats and courses on mindfulness, nutrition, Ayurvedic cleanses and more throughout the year.
Since the studio opened on May 4, it now features 23 instructors and a schedule of six to seven classes a day.
"Really, what I feel like we are trying to do is nourish, preserve and give people a good quality of life," Fallon said. "Just like with music, it's all beautiful even though you may have radically different tastes than the person next to you. But in the end, it's all wonderful and serving the same purpose"