Photo taken by Mike Schirf
People flock to Park City for the nearly endless adventures in the surrounding mountains. But when you need a break from the slopes — or just want to start your day in a relaxing way — Park City’s yoga studios offer a wonderful way to restore your energy, center your mind, and strengthen your body.
Yoga provides the perfect complement to outdoor activities, like skiing, biking, and hiking, says Tiffany Harrison, owner and instructor of Enlighten Wellness. “A regular practice can prepare and protect the body,” she says. “Yoga helps create a body-to-breath connection, improve cardio endurance, and work muscles used while carving turns or riding bumps in the powder.”
Plus, yoga does more than simply strengthen and stretch your muscles — your mood and mental health will also benefit. Research shows that yoga provides a science-backed, practical way to manage stress and anxiety. In fact, one study found that just a single class can lower tension, depression, and fatigue. Yoga has also been shown to improve your immune system, reduce inflammation, help you sleep better, and even strengthen your bones.
While each class differs depending on the instructor, most yoga practiced in the United States is a form of hatha yoga. This style of yoga includes physical poses called asanas, controlled breathing that aligns with the poses, and a final relaxation period at the end of class, known as savasana.
Whether you do yoga occasionally, have a regular practice, or have never tried it before, there’s a yoga studio in Park City that’s right for you. Ranging from heated power yoga classes to gentle and restorative yin yoga, you’ll find the type of yoga your body and mind are craving in the list below.
1912 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, UT 84060
A newcomer to the Park City yoga scene, Enlighten Wellness opened its doors in October 2018. The bright and airy studio welcomes you in with a peaceful hand-painted mountain scene on the back wall and plenty of room to spread out. Class options are nearly endless, and include heated vinyasa yoga, kundalini yoga, and even combo classes that start with spinning or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and end with a yoga-inspired stretch. Feeling adventurous? Be sure check out Backcountry Yogis, the studio’s year-round outdoor yoga experience.
Cost: $18 for drop-in; packages available
Park City Yoga Adventures
Photo taken by Mike Schirf
Expand your yoga practice beyond the four walls of a studio with Park City Yoga Adventures. This company offers unique outdoor experiences, all capped off with a custom yoga class in a cozy (and warm!) location. This winter, take a snowshoe trek through Utah’s Greatest Snow on Earth® to a backcountry cabin or yurt, where you’ll practice yoga and enjoy warm tea and snacks to sustain you on the return trek. They also offer a yoga adventure that ends at Blue Sky Ranch, High West’s new distillery. Year-round, Park City Yoga Adventures offers stand-up paddleboard yoga sessions in the steamy and invigorating mineral water of the Homestead Crater — an otherworldly experience to remember.
Cost: $150 per person for snowshoe yoga; Check ParkCityYogaAdventures.com for Homestead Crater rates.
The Shop Yoga Studio
1167 Woodside Ave, Park City, UT 84060
Open since 1997, The Shop Yoga Studio has become well-known in Park City for its wide variety of offerings — from yoga classes to weekend workshop and community events. With tall vaulted ceilings, tons of windows, and friendly vibes, the studio makes visitors and locals alike feel at home. The Shop’s highly trained instructors teach classes based on Anusara yoga, a yoga system that focuses on principles of alignment (think less flowy and more structured sequences). No matter your level, you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for proper alignment and positioning after your class.
Cost: Donation-based ($7 minimum; $10-$20 recommended)
Yoga Kula Project
3000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City, UT 84098
Tucked away in the Westgate resort, Yoga Kula Project is well worth the few extra minutes you may need to find it for the first time. “Kula” loosely translates to community — and that’s just what you’ll find here. Owner Trudee Sanbonmatsu has developed a devoted following of locals and visitors thanks to her effective workouts, knowledgeable instruction, and infectious sense of humor. Choose from hot yoga, hot Pilates, Bikram yoga, Pilates-yoga fusion classes, restorative Yin yoga, and more. Bonus: You’re welcome to use the Westgate’s spa facilities after class, including the gym, locker rooms, and peaceful relaxation pool.
Cost: $17 drop-in; packages available