Yoga studio helps community set intentions at one-year anniversary party

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“I never intended to open a yoga studio, or even to live in Golden, but now I see myself growing old here. I want YourAshtanga to be a lasting pillar here,” says Elsasser, YourAshtanga (YA) owner and graduate student at DU. Yoga has been a part of her life since she was a young athlete, and when the opportunity to teach in Golden arose, Elsasser took it and started YourAshtanga in 2018.

“Teaching in this community has been magical. Our students are at all stages of life, from athletes to spiritual seekers to people with tight backs. But in our studio, we come together. That’s why we wanted to have an open house. It’s our one year anniversary and we want to give back,” says Elsasser.

YourAshtanga is located in the yellow historic house on 10th Ave at Ford Street. The homey setting has inspired Elsasser to offer special workshops, daily classes, and events that cater to all parts of a yogi’s life — from early morning flow classes to nutrition to dance. In addition to classes in ashtanga, vinyasa flow, and gentle-style, YA even offers Sleepy-time Yoga one evening a week, complete with tea.

Elsasser and her instructors created the One Year Anniversary with the community in mind. “It’s our anniversary, but it’s their new year,” says instructor and YA manager Annie Martens. “Yogis talk in terms of setting intentions, rather than ‘resolutions’ which allows room for a little more flexibility as we ride the changing waves of life. I’m excited about this event because in addition to a fun time, it gives people the opportunity to set themselves up for a successful 2019, ” says Martens.

Elsasser is looking forward to YA’s second year, welcoming students old and new, and deepening the studio’s ties to Golden. “There is no community here without our students; they hem our curtains, they donate gifts, they help us figure out what non-profit we are going to sponsor next, and that’s a beautiful thing,” says Elsasser. “There is a lot of animosity going on in this world today, and I believe it’s essential for us as a global community to give more and more to each other, even if it’s just a smile, handshake, or hug.”

YourAshtanga Anniversary Open House Details & Schedule:

January 12th, 2019

YourAshtanga Yoga Studio, 612 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401

7:00-8:00 AM — Yoga & Mantra

8:15-9:45 AM — Coffee, pastries, mini-astrology readings, today only membership discounts

10:00-11:15 AM — Yoga for Everyone with Live Music

11:30-12:00 PM —New Year Intentions Mini Workshop

12:00-1:00 PM — Live music and free catered food from Sherpa House

1:00 PM — Closing gratitude ceremony

Attendees can register for the event at


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