Alaska is rugged, beautiful, and cold. Parts of the state spend a fair chunk of the winter in darkness. It takes a hardy soul to live on the Last Frontier, and that can be stressful. Fortunately, the folks of Alaska have embraced the practice of yoga and use it boost their already-adventurous, optimistic attitudes. Here are our favorite places in Alaska for sun salutations.
The Yoga Path was founded to embrace the importance of community in the practice of yoga. To achieve this, the studio is centrally-located to make it convenient for as many students as possible. They also offer a full schedule of classes from introduction to to Mysore in order to ensure the successful incorporation of yoga into the lives of students at all practice levels.
In the laid-back village of Sitka, Yoga Union strives to make yoga accessible to everyone. They do this by using a non-profit, pay-as-you-go model that keeps prices affordable and people coming back on their own terms. A good selection of classes, beginning to advanced, and the availability of scholarships help maintain the community at Yoga Union.
Fairbanks Yoga is working to enhance their community by creating a proprietary app that allows them to engage with students, even when you’re not in the studio—which is a bright, new, open space. Regular classes, monthly workshops, and specialty classes help to ensure that students get a broad exposure to different styles and levels.
Anchorage Yoga & Cycle encourages their students to commit to their own health: Mind and body. With more than 80 yoga classes and the opportunity to use their state-of-the-art cycle studio, they try to bring their vision of “fitness with soul” to Anchorage in a supportive, challenging environment.
YogaSol—once Kenai Yoga—has been a yoga community on the Peninsula for more than 15 years. They offer classes for all ages and abilities, and occasional specialty classes like yoga/dance fusion and barre workshops. The styles range from gentle flow and classic hot yoga to vinyasa and “yin & yang” yoga.
Tides Yoga Studio is a studio that focuses on women’s health and empowerment while building community. They practice Buti and AIReal yoga and offer classes at all levels. In addition to yoga, you can also check out their pole fitness, Zumba, chair dancing, flirty girl fitness, and women’s self defense classes.