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SALT LAKE CITY—The beauty of yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere in the world. From basements to gyms to offices to resorts to meadows, there’s a setting for everyone. The adventure comes in finding which most inspires you.
“The setting truly sets the mood for your practice,” said Mallory King, a registered certified vinyasa yoga instructor in the Salt Lake Valley. “One isn’t necessarily better than the other. Each has their place, and I always encourage my students to try new settings, teachers and styles.”
According to King, studio settings can be ideal for growing your practice on physical, emotional and mental levels. Exotic locations, on the other hand, can help to transcend the strict feelings found in certain yoga practices. They evoke stronger connections with your fellow yogis because of the uniqueness of the journey you go through together.
“You never know what practice will have a profound impact on you until you try,” adds King. “Be open to change and embrace the unknown.”
That being said, here are five of the most unique places to practice yoga in Utah. This list is just a sampling of what’s available, and we’d love to hear in the comments what locations are your favorite.
The hour-long sessions at the aquarium add elements not often associated with yoga, such as sharks and rainforest birds. For $25 (member price is just $20), you can choose to do yoga next to the shark tank or in the rainforest exhibit.
The opportunity to do yoga in Goblin Valley is part of the Utah State Park Yoga Series, a partnership between gear company Granogi and the Utah Department of Natural Resources. Four other state parks will also host events as part of the series. Prices usually range between $25-$35.
Yoga classes are held Monday through Thursday at this scenic temple in Utah County. While there’s no official price to participate, it’s recommended you donate $5-$20 per class to help pay the teachers.
What’s 55 feet tall, shaped like a volcano and filled with 90-degree water? The Homestead Crater, that’s what. And Park City Yoga Adventures rents the crater for paddleboard yoga classes that are so otherworldly beautiful, they’ve been featured on the Travel Channel. Due to the premium nature of the venue, the prices start around $80.
Done in partnership with Corepower Yoga, these classes get attendees right up close to some of the zoo’s most iconic animals. The classes start in June and, as an added bonus, include a visit from one of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. The cost is $20 per session.
Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." You can contact him at www.grant-olsen.com.