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While it’s not the closest fitness studio to me by any stretch, a few times a week, I find myself dropping everything and driving across town for exactly an hour of vinyasa yoga.
If you go
White Lotus Therapeutics offers virtual classes, drop-ins and monthly regular ($85) and mini ($59) yoga memberships. Customized massages start at $45 for 30 minutes and $89 for 60 minutes, and members always get a 20% discount. 2554 Irving St., 720-449-3131, whitelotustherapeutics.com
I first discovered White Lotus Therapeutics when I was living a few blocks away from the cubby-sized corner business in Denver’s historic Highland neighborhood. The reviews were great, the massages were voted top of the town and the yoga classes were intimate and unique enough that I found my way back and now consider it a home-away four years later.
At the start of the pandemic, the studio automatically suspended memberships while offering free classes online as a way to connect and stay positive. Over the summer, the team erected a large outdoor tent and filled it with hanging plants and tapestries. They invited us back to practice in person underneath it.
Since fall, I’ve worn a mask and stood 6 feet from one or two other practitioners inside a small ventilated studio with big windows and no mirrors. When I arrive inevitably rushing from work, I’m exhausted. And then everything changes, like magic, within just an hour.
Earlier this week, I finally brought a friend from the outside world into a yoga class with me, and I realized how excited I was for her to see my pandemic bubble, my only real weeknight ritual. Like a proud owner of a well-kept secret, I invited her in and showed her the sweet space, the house teas (chamomile, mint and black chai) brewing at the front entrance.
And then we stretched in a small class with one other familiar face and breathed in deep and followed our teacher’s instructions to exhale out everything — from the day, the week and the past impossible year — together.
After class, we chatted with a new White Lotus employee who came from years of working in the restaurant industry, and she laughed and told us that the switch has been something like recovery. I couldn’t agree more.
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