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.
Day 3 of #heartwideopen challenge for #trinistandsforrecovery So much gratitude to @taylorhuntyoga for creating the @trinifoundation to inspire and support anyone wanting to be sober. I just realized today (yes, LMAO about this), that all the poses in the challenge are heart openers! I was just going to take a picture each day but I was wearing my heart tank from #ekaminhale So I took all the pics today (no, I'm not wearing the same tank 6 days in row ðŸ˜)! #matsyendrasana ðŸŸðŸ¡
Deha Yoga—a top-rated studio on the south side of Anchorage—holds up yoga as a way to increase joy and heal body and soul. They offer classes for many levels and styles of practice but take a holistic approach, seeing each as a different thread in the same cloth. At Deha, yoga practice is seen as a direct link to the way you live your life.
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.
Ashtanga Yoga is a shala that is dedicated specifically to teaching the Ashtanga style of yoga practice, as taught in Mysore, India. With a belief that this style can be beneficial to everyone, the studio is a space where everyone is welcome and comfortable to explore their yoga practice.
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.
Yoga students in Alaska’s first city will appreciate the studio’s setting above the clear, tidal waters of Ketchikan Creek. Yoga on the Creek is more than it’s setting. It is a yoga community that practices yoga at all levels, exploring such styles as slow flow Vinyasa and Ashtanga.
Many Rivers—“Homer’s Yoga Studio”—is a yoga community on the Kenai where all are welcome. The studio is a custom-built solid cedar cabin that’s designed to be a welcoming, community space. The yoga classes cover different practices and are available for all levels.