Mudita (Be Joy Yoga)
Carrie Coppola’s Mudita Yoga was certainly one of our favorites of the tour so far. Carrie has managed to create a space in which a beautiful yoga community has formed. Her years of experience really shine in her teaching, making each class a moving mediation that truly connects mind and body. Pro tip: Mudita works hard to find ways for their yogis to give back to the community, so check for multiple volunteer opportunities on their website.
Centered City Yoga
For anyone intimidated or unsure about going to yoga for the first time, Centered City is the place for you. CCY emphasizes teachers who are “first and foremost regular people” and steers away from a guru mentality. The beautiful, sunlight-filled studio only adds to the welcoming feeling that the founder and staff provide. Pro tip: Take a class upstairs in the Crown Room, and enjoy an incredible view of the mountains as you practice.
Root to Rise Yoga
With a full roster of yoga classes including acro yoga, aerial yoga, Handstands, and acrobatic dance, Root To Rise invites you to come get your circus fix! Bryan’s energetic classes are injected with a full-body flow as well as plenty of playtime to practice whatever balance poses you may be working on. Pro tip: Root To Rise offers a heavily discounted family rate, so make sure you bring everyone!
When Ruth Evans hauled an old Salt Lake City Trolley car up Immigration Canyon in order to relocate her hamburger restaurant, she had no idea it would become a local institution that would outlast even her. Operating in the same picturesque location since 1949, Ruth’s Diner is a must-visit for newcomers and old-timers alike in SLC. Relax in the spacious back patio and allow the servers to regale you with stories about Ruth’s wild years. Pro tip: Try the green chili on anything!
Thank you to Salt Lake City-born Hugger Mugger for sponsoring the 2017 Live Be Yoga Tour! It was so nice to meet the team behind the company and hear more about what makes this great company tick. Thank you for making a product we will be proud to use for the tour and beyond!
Three Pines Coffee
With the perfect ambiance for working or people-watching, this beautiful, cozy coffee shop in downtown SLC also has the best coffee we tried in the city. A simple menu keeps things easy and moving quickly, letting the baristas concentrate on quality and craftsmanship. Pro tip: Both the vanilla flavor and the almond milk are house-made, so don’t be afraid to branch out from your usual black cuppa!
Just Organic Juice
Just Organic Juice is a Salt Lake native with roots in the local community. Specializing in juice cleanses, JOJ uses all certified organic, non-GMO fruits and produce. Both of the Salt Lake City locations offer either fresh-made or cold-pressed bottled juice to go. Pro tip: While the juice is delicious, the healthy smoothies are what kept me coming back. Try the Powerful Paleo.
What started as a single sandwich shop born in Salt Lake City has now become a charitable powerhouse with nearly 20 locations. And they still serve delicious sandwiches. Their catchphrase, “A sandwich shop with a cause,” sums up Even Steven’s mission succinctly: To bring attention to hunger in local communities and see what can be done about it. Even Steven’s donates thousands of sandwiches (and dollars) a year to local non-profits, allowing them to spend their own budgets on what they’re made to do: helping people. Pro tip: The Cubano is incredible: perfect bread, melty cheese, and flavorful, roasted pork.
Not long after the Mormons founded what would become Salt Lake City, the Church of Latter Day Saints began planning and constructing Temple Square. An incredibly beautiful 10-acre section of downtown SLC houses some of the church’s most important and impressive buildings and gardens. With the exception of the gorgeous Mormon Temple, the buildings and grounds are open to the public, and roaming volunteers are knowledgable and happy to give tours. Pro tip: Ask to see the rooftop of the Conference Center for sweeping views of the surrounding mountains alongside a garden of native Utah plants and trees.
This short but steep hike just above the Capitol Building in downtown Salt Lake is a perfect way to get the lay of the land while getting your blood moving at the same time. Just over a mile round trip, the summit of Ensign Peak is the perfect spot to watch the sunset on a warm Utah night. Pro tip: In the summer, keep an eye out for tarantulas around dusk—I met a big one coming down the trail to my car. Don’t worry, they’re not harmful to humans!
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Certainly one of the greatest aspects of Salt Lake City is its proximity to world-class hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. Just a quick 30-minute drive from the center of town takes you to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Any outdoor activity you can think of is just steps away from the trailhead here. Stunning views of the mountains dotted with Aspen groves are your reward for making this trek. Pro tip: Lake Blanche is a difficult, but well worth it 7-mile out and back hike with some of the best views in the West from the top!
The Live Be Yoga Tour team would like to extend a shout-out of gratitude to the Ford Motor Company for supporting the tour. You can’t have a road trip without a car, and we’re lucky and proud to be driving across country in a 2017 Ford Fusion. Ford has a commitment to not only creating innovative and reliable cars and trucks, but also to sustainability and environmental consciousness, both of which make us proud to have them on board!