2016 The inaugural Year of the Denver Yoga Festival
The Denver Yoga Festival kicked off its inaugural year in 2016.
This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2016 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.
August 4th-7th, 2016 | Downtown Denver
Our greatest mission with the Denver Yoga Festival is to create a community for everyone who is interested in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, while also acting as a springboard for the careers of incredible yoga professionals. We are hosting an inclusive event with an exclusive feel, so participants can expect to mix and mingle with their favorite teachers, enjoy intimate conversations about the big picture of yoga in our society, as well as laugh and cry on their mats with friends and family. We are really excited to be offering experiences that are not a part of a traditional yoga festival, combining our favorite things about city life into our yoga program. Along with asana, lectures and mediation, we have authentic and unique experiences like yoga brunch, tea time and meditation, yoga on Coors Field, FREE kids camp, outdoor adventures, panel discussions on the state of yoga, yoga fashion show, vendor spotlights on health & wellness, live music & dance parties, and three pre-festival workshops including Reiki Certification, Adaptive Yoga Certification and Embody YOU: A Journey into Wholeness.
"I had a life changing experience at this event. There is a deep spiritualism and a number or related philosophies associated with yoga and the rituals surrounding the multifaceted practice. One of the teachers from India was especially interesting, and in a chat with Satra after his lecture he explained his premise that the closer we get to an understanding of our insignificance, the more we will be connected to everything. I had read about this in multiple texts, but remembered one that really inspired me, written by Rev Sale (not a preacher, but a philosopher). His essay, In Search of Nothing, was a collection of ideas including how the ancient philosophers used arguments based on the notion of "nothing" to conclude both the existence and non-existence of God. Satra actually was familiar with this writer and we had a very long discussion of how ideas like "nothing" are directly connected to concepts like "everything" and even to the notion of "existence." I was blown away by this interaction and I'm going back to Baltimore a changed man, with more respect and admiration for cultural differences that inspire me to think outside the box. Yoga can do that for you. This was an amazing event. I learned many new positions and met many like minded yoga enthusiasts. I will never be the same!" Jason Rodriguez, Baltimore
We are supporting several incredible organizations which facilitate, adaptive yoga for those physically disabled and scholarship passes for those who can't otherwise afford to practice. We are also working with other event hosts bringing yoga to the masses, inspiring neighborhood events, and a new take on the dance party. Another unique offering at DYF is a student participation component which engages participants to share their favorite parts of the festival, and teachers throughout the year. We honor presenters with awards like Lifetime Achievement, honoring contributions to yoga in the West and Uniting Yogi, honoring those who collaborate and are inclusive in offerings to the yoga community as a whole.
The festivities take place in the heart of the city at the historic Oxford Hotel and Oxford Club Spa & Salon. As the capital city, we boast an historic downtown, bustling nightlife, and mountain playgrounds at our fingertips with a seamless trip from the airport directly to the festival via our new light rail system. Join us for a world-class event that brings the yoga community as a whole together in our great city.
WHO WE ARE:
Denver Yoga Festival is a vision of Director, Sarah TV Russell, who was nudged to put on the event by her friend and teacher, Mike Matsumura. She owes the entire event's fruition to Mike's faith in her making it become a reality. Sarah is flocked by an incredible team of yogiprenuers.
Nikki Levine: Producer
DesiRae Kraft: Operations Director
Eric Bakst: Media Director
Pamela Lurie: Volunteer & Ambassador Coordinator
Kimberly Haugh: Design & Web
Alexa Giannoni: Social Media
Talle Hogrefe: Administrative
And SchroderHaus Marketing
Find Yourself : In India
- Tue, Sep 27, 20169:00am Sun, Oct 9, 201610:00am
Experience India just as you've imagined.
Witness sunrise over the Ganges River Walk the Halls of Ancient Ashrams
Meditate in Sacred Gardens Explore the Taj Mahal
Experience the colors, the food, the stories, the myths in action as you stroll through ancient markets, temples, and sacred sites. The waves of richness will not fail to inspire you and your studies as a student and / or teacher of yoga. The skills of our teaching staff, our tour resource staff, and our local friends are unparalled and deeply reassuring in a far off land. Sensitive to International travel, accommodations are Western style and double occupancy. Both Shannon and Sarah have travelled extensively in the East and Somher and her husband live locally in Varanasi, to aid in your comfort and confidence in travel.
Join Shannon Paige, Sarah Russell and Sohmer Gautam on this trip of a lifetime to the birthplace of yoga's spiritual practice. Your retreat is complete with daily yoga classes, Ayurvedic massage and treatments, participation with local communities, delicious and healthy food, guided tours and luxurious accommodations. Join us on an unforgettable adventure to some of the most beloved, spiritual places on earth.
We begin in Delhi visiting unique sites, enjoying beautiful gardens and delicious food, while staying in a quiet and intimate B&B. In Varanasi you enjoy daily yoga, spa treatments, walking tours and customized menus. You experience the details that make Sarnath and Varanasi the most holy cities for Hindus and Buddhists first hand. 'Sahayog' means 'collaboration' in Hindi. We incorporate active participation with the group. Activities include working in a local school for underprivileged children and holding a tree planting ceremony along the banks of the holy river Ganga. This retreat culminates with a trip to Agra to witness the Taj Mahal in all it's glory.
Scholar Shannon Paige will be weaving in the stories and traditions of this ancient culture, alongside Sohmer Gautam's intimate knowledge of our locale after years of living in Varanasi with her husband, native to the area.
This retreat offers:
- Two meals daily
- Ayurvedic massage treatments in Varanasi every other day
- Premium Rooms at Hotel Surya Varanasi
- Double occupancy in guest house in Delhi
Sample Itinerary (subject to change): Date: Sept 27-October 9, 2016
Day 1: Arrive/Delhi; contemplation and intention
Day 2: Delhi tour; beautiful gardens, spiritual sites and historical places that are
less visited; yoga practice, meditation & contemplation
Day 3: Night Train to Vns
Day 4: Vns - Sunrise on the Ganges river in a boat
Day 5: Vns - Sarnath (holy Buddhist site). This includes lunch at a beautiful
Buddhist centre/monastery for Tibetan monks where we can have a
class and meditation led by the monks
Day 6: Vns - Walking tour of the North side of the old city, including the spice
market and local markets
Day 7: Vns - Ashram in the village on the river. Lunch and class at the Ashram
Day 8: Vns - Walking tour of the South side of the old city
Day 9: Vns - Arti evening ceremony on the river by boat
Day 10: Night Train to Agra
Day 11: Agra - Taj Mahal
Day 12: Charter bus to Delhi, overnight in Delhi
Day 13: Depart
Investment: Rates based on double occupancy
- $3995 for early bird by August 1, 2016
- $4495 thereafter
- $995 Rishikesh Optional Add-On
- $1000 additional for single occupancy
A Balinese Adventure: Practice & Play
- Tue, Nov 1, 20162:00pm Tue, Nov 8, 20162:00pm
Join us for a transformational trip of a lifetime on our annual retreat to one of the most magnificent places on this earth.
Enjoy 10 days in the small island's cultural capital, Ubud, eating delicious food, enjoying the beautiful traditional art, meeting healers, and soaking up the traditions and heritage of this spiritual land. Daily excursions to temples, coffee farms, rice paddies, bone carving village, batik factory, the elephant sanctuary and more. You also have options to be a little more adventurous with mountain bike rides through the jungle down the island's volcano and surfing the Indian ocean with local surf guides we know and trust. We will have one evening where we'll attend a traditional Kecak ...dance, a spiritual fire ceremony for you to be in awe and wonder of this incredible place. Each day you also have the option of slowing things down to relax poolside and receive a healing massage next to the Ubud river where all your worries just melt away.
Each day consists of meditation, journal contemplations, vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga and home-cooked, traditional meals twice daily. Lunches are always up to you so you can get out and enjoy the local restaurants as you shop for the perfect keepsakes and gifts for friends back home.
Our retreat center is locally run and has all the Western amenities you could wish for including AC, wifi, flushing toilets, and daily traditional Balinese breakfast. :-) Our island guide, Gusti, is a local Balinese who has been working with us each year. His intimate knowledge and love of the island and rituals make this an even richer experience than any other.
Your yoga facilitators are Sarah TV Russell and Talle Hogrefe, who both came to Bali several years ago and fell in love with everything the island had to offer. Sarah has been teaching yoga for a decade and practicing for twice as long. Talle originally came to yoga as a student of Sarah's and has been teaching and assisting on retreats for several years.
Payment plans are available: $500 Deposit gets you set up for this fabulous trip
Prices based on double occupancy (those traveling solo are paired with a roommate) Single occupancy rooms are an additional $1000 for booking. Investment: $1495
The Gods & Goddesses Chronicles
- Tue, Nov 8, 20169:00am Sun, Nov 13, 20169:00am
Join DYF Presenter Shannon Paige and DYF Director Sarah TV Russell for this rare chance to immerse yourself in training and deepen your yoga practice. And in such a fitting place to experience this module as you reside in a deeply spiritual heart of Bali's Hindu culture. This module qualifies for continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance and is eligible as a 500 hour elective course through Shannon Paige Yoga as well as Samadhi Center for Yoga.
The Gods & Goddesses Chronicles
The nature of myth and story. Applying the nature of the unseen into the caliber and connection of richer classes. Explore the skill-set of sourcing inspiration, making it your own, applying it to well connected and sound sequencing. Building on the skill-sets of the previous weekends, we will leverage social connection and sound principles of teaching into the secreted, “rahasya” technique of being just unclear enough to be universally compelling. Learn to amplify your verbal efficacy, theme integration, cuing, dharma talks, and sign offs.
Our guiding texts for this module will be: KA – Stories of the Mind and Gods of India, Roberto Calasso
$1535 early bird before August 15
Combined with the 8 day retreat pricing is as follows:
$3100 for the full 13 days
$2995 early bird before Aug 15
$1000 additional for single occupancy
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The first ever Denver Yoga Festival presented by Pogamat will take place Aug. 4-7, 2016, and tickets are now on sale. Founded by Sarah Russell, a local yoga teacher and international presenter, the Denver Yoga Festival’s mission is to bring people together through yoga, mindfulness and meditation. The festival is unique in its offerings in that it was created for the whole family, offers certification options for yoga professionals, allows for interaction among festivalgoers and their favorite yoga teachers, and will utilize Denver’s urban environment rather than escape it.
Colorado is already the home to three of the top 10 yoga festivals in the world, those festivals all take place in the mountains or other remote areas of the state. The Denver Yoga Festival is meeting the needs of Denver’s growing and engaged yoga community by hosting a festival right in the heart of downtown.
“The mission of the Denver Yoga Festival is to create a community for everyone interested in yoga, while also acting as a springboard for the careers of incredible yoga professionals,” said Russell, director of Denver Yoga Festival.
The majority of classes and workshops will be held at Denver’s Union Station and The Oxford Hotel downtown, with some remote classes taking place around the greater metro area. Denver Yoga Festival will feel more akin to a film festival than to other yoga festivals and will incorporate numerous activities that will educate and entertain festivalgoers. The festival hopes to draw families, yoga teachers and yoga lovers of all kinds. Highlights of the festival include:
Authentic Experiences: Brunch with Yogini on the Loose, Gina Caputo; Yoga Day on Coors Field; panel discussions on the State of Yoga; a Yoga Fashion Show; Dance Parties; a Yoga Hike at Red Rocks; Meditation & Tea Time with Dr. Lorin Roche; and EMBODY YOU, a workshop designed around body awareness and empowerment.
Certification: Pre-festival workshops include Reiki Certification and Adaptive Yoga Certification for those looking to enhance their yoga career or develop in depth knowledge from our city’s leading teachers.
Kids Yoga Guide Camp: Denver Yoga Festival will offer free kids camp courtesy of Flex Yoga + Barre with the purchase of an adult ticket. The camp will teach kids confidence and creativity through games and music, peace through yoga, and self- expression through dance.
Options for Disabled: Denver Yoga Festival will offer classes for those in wheel chairs or those with physical issues and special needs. The festival supports several organizations, which facilitate yoga for veterans, adaptive yoga for those physically disabled, and scholarship passes for those who can’t otherwise afford it.
The Denver Yoga Festival will host some of the most spirited and influential yoga teachers from Colorado and the surrounding regions. Headliners include Mackenzie Miller, a certified personal trainer and international yoga instructor; Dr. Lorin Roche, the foremost scholar, teacher and author on meditation and the ancient Tantra Yoga text, the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra; and Christina Sell, a master teacher of international acclaim. See the full roster of presenters on the Denver Yoga Festival website.
Tickets are on sale now with a variety of convenient prices and packages allowing festivalgoers to customize their experience. Select early bird pricing for all ticket options is available now through Friday, April 30. Ticket options include the following three- and four-day options and more details can be found online here:
VIP Festival Pass ($319) – Unlimited classes including Thursday morning’s Kleen Denver event and EMBODY YOU workshop, Thursday evening VIP Meet & Greet, and Yoga Day at Coors Field.
DYF 4 Day Festival Pass ($299) – This pass includes events Thursday – Sunday as well as Thursday’s pre-festival celebrations.
DYF 3 Day Festival Pass ($209) – This pass includes all events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“As a teacher, I felt a calling to provide other teachers an opportunity to shine and students an opportunity to truly connect with their mentors,” said Russell. “The festival will be an inclusive event with an exclusive feel. Participants can expect to mix and mingle with their favorite teachers, enjoy intimate conversations about the impact big picture of yoga has in our society, as well as laugh and cry on their mats with friends and family. “
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2016 VENDORS!
- Free Flying Fish
- Gaia Body Works
- Junky Funk Designs
- Life Springs Family Chiropractic
- Rana Nader Yoga Jewelry
- Share the Beautiful
- Solei Yoga
- WishGarden Herbs
- Yoga Anatomy
- Evey K Fashionliner - Mobile Truck on street
- Thriveology LLC
- Colorado School of Yoga
- Zen Planner
- Colorado Threads
- Foursee Apparel
- Rad Roller
- Conscious Real Estate
- Mandi Felici
- Define Body & Mind
- Kathmandu Yogi
- Angel Blessings and Clearings
- Carrie Varela Healing Arts
Yoga goes urban at Union Station with first Denver Yoga Festival
By COLLEEN O'CONNOR | email@example.com | The Denver Post
August 3, 2016 at 10:35 am
The first Denver Yoga Festival is capitalizing on the growing popularity of the city, which recently topped U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2016 Best Places to Live.
Unlike many other yoga festivals held in remote wilderness destinations, the Denver Yoga Festival is showing off its urban chic in a four-day extravaganza Aug. 4-7 that takes yoga to the streets with a morning yoga class on Union Station Plaza and a yoga flash mob in front of the fountains at Union Station.
Models also will show off the latest in yoga gear, walking around the plaza in a free yoga fashion show that features mostly small, local companies.
“Denver is a very big yoga market,” said festival founder Sarah Russell , a yoga entrepreneur who launched the Breathe Yoga & Cycling studios in Denver. “There are a lot of studios, and a lot of people moving to Denver right now, so the pie just keeps getting bigger.”
She designed the festival to unite all the different yoga communities, from business owners to fashion designers and yoga teachers.
As part of the festival, yoga events will also be held at the historic Oxford Hotel, including meditation and tea with renowned meditation teacher Lorin Roche.
Yoga classes range from Vinyasa and yin to Sacred Movement Flow with live music.
“There’s also a yoga class in a brewery, and I can’t think of anything more Colorado because breweries got really big here,” said Russell.
Local yogi Tyrone Beverly, founder of Im’Unique, will lead Yoga Day at the Rockies in Coors Field, and Boulder teacher Gina Caputo will lead “BrunchAsana” that incorporates a yoga class with brunch.
There’s also a free kids’ camp, a panel of yoga business owners, and a Saturday night dance party with live music by Mental Physix & Kiyoshi.
Single-day tickets range from $75 to $95, and a four-day pass is $299.
Your Hub | Denver Post
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR INAUGURAL DENVER YOGA FESTIVAL TAKING PLACE DOWNTOWN THIS AUGUST
(DENVER) – April 26, 2016 – The first ever Denver Yoga Festival presented by Pogamat will take place Aug. 4-7, 2016, and tickets are now on sale. Founded by Sarah Russell, a local yoga teacher and international presenter, the Denver Yoga Festival’s mission is to bring people together through yoga, mindfulness and meditation. The festival is unique in its offerings in that it was created for the whole family, offers certification options for yoga professionals, allows for interaction among festivalgoers and their favorite yoga teachers, and will utilize Denver’s urban environment rather than escape it.
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Festival season is upon us, and you know what that means: warm weather, comfy colorful clothes, playful jewelry, and music that flows through your bones. There’s a way to attend a festival that doesn’t include hangovers and PPD (post-party depression). Attending these yoga-friendly festivals encourages healthy living, yoga practice, and meeting new people all while wearing your fun clothes and being a part of something powerful.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2016 PRESENTERS!
MacKenzie is a certified personal trainer, international yoga instructor and lover of travel. Her teaching combines the thorough understanding of alignment and anatomy with the joy of balance and movement.
Benjamin Randall Pred
Ben claims to have been into yoga since before he was born and as an Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast has been known to throw a Frisbee from a modified downward dog position. He often reaches nirvana in the kitchen by singing The Lions Sleeps Tonight while peeling lima beans. He feels yoga harmonizes his inner attorney with his jogging shoes permitting his essence to express itself via bodily functions. He is a serious man who projects an enviable sensitivity even while sleeping.
Christina Sell has been practicing yoga since 1991. Masterful at synthesis, she combines fundamental precepts and techniques from her many years of study in various yoga schools into an intelligent and inspiring experience for students of all ages and abilities. She is passionate about basic yoga postures as a way to open the doors to a greater depth of understanding, increased awareness and more vital physical expression.
Dr. Lorin Roche
Dr. Lorin Roche is the author of The Radiance Sutras, a fresh version of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a classic yoga text describing 112 doorways into meditation. With his dancer wife Camille Maurine, he is co-author of Meditation Secrets for Women. Lorin has been teaching meditation for over 45 years and has a PhD from the University of California for his research into the language of meditative experience.
Anton believes yoga is a transformational practice that encourages us to look inward to create a deeper connection to our soul, leading to a more healthy and happy life. His classes are a challenging blend of feminine flow with masculine power, infused with light-hearted spirituality designed to inspire students to be their highest selves.
Dr. Melody Moore
Melody is a Clinical Psychologist, yoga instructor & the founder of the Embody Love Movement Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to empower girls & women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world. Dr. Moore is a social entrepreneur who trains facilitators how to teach programs to prevent negative body image & remind girls and women of their inherent worth. Her work has been featured in numerous publications.
Gina’s passionate & inspirational style of teaching is a balanced fusion of informed, vinyasa flow yoga w/attention to holistic alignment, personal evolution & humor. She came to the mat from the office chair so has a keen ability to really speak to the modern-day householder yogi and encourage the dissolution of the self-construed storylines that do nothing but hinder our continued growth. Gina is the Founder/Director of The Colorado School of Yoga.
Nancy Alder is a mom, 500H-RYT Yoga Teacher and writer based in Connecticut. She teaches yogis to find their wings with ease through anatomy, acceptance and humor whether instructing arm balances or Savasana. Nancy has been featured in and writes for both Origin Magazine and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, the latter of which she is also an editor. She is a contributor to actress Carrie-Anne Moss’s Annapurna Living. Her projects have been highlighted by Yoga Journal online and many yoga websites.
Angie’s teaching and practice truly took shape under the guidance and direction of Schuyler Grant at Kula Yoga Project, in New York City where she taught from 2009-2012. There she discovered her own deep reservoir of strength, teaching perspective, and an amazing community that gave her refuge from the day-to-day impact of NYC. Angie has lead retreats to upstate Vermont, Costa Rica, Spain, and her latest pilgrimage, Nepal. Angie's Yoga recipe requires One Part Creative and Thoughtful planning for all moving parts of the practice, two Parts Intelligent sequencing and Alignment for safe sustainable movement, three Parts Breath synchronized vigorous movement to steady the mind & calm the nervous system. Expect something different every time! It is with gratitude that she meets you on the mat, atha yoga-anuÅ›Äsanam, now let us begin the study of yoga.
Founder and Executive Director of Im'Unique, Tyrone Beverly is one of Denver's leading advocate for inclusivity in yoga. His extreme passion for equality, humans rights, unity, and physical and social health has kickstarted a wellness movement that utilizes yoga as a means to unite communities and foster healthy lifestyles across the nation. Both internationally and nationally known, Tyrone has touched global communities by successfully taking his health initiative to locations such as the Ragamuffin Summer Camp in Settlement Jamaica, Asheville NC, New York, Philadelphia and many more. His efforts supersede stereotypes and create avenues that permeate social and cultural barriers from a health framework.
Learning that she and we are more capable than we give ourselves credit for, Meredith Cameron creates space for students to reach out, dig deeper, and not take themselves too seriously. An advocate for creating the life we live, Meredith is influenced by her teachers, Shannon Paige and Nancy Kate Rau, what the world throws on her lap, her travels, and her daily interactions with others. All of this, infuses freedom into her teachings, allowing students to feel their own sense of empowerment.
Co-founder of Hanuman Festival, Life Coach, Yoga teacher, and Fiery Spirit, Valerie D’Ambrosio’s passion lies in guiding individuals to connect with the emotional, physical and spiritual body. By blending movement, meditation, and pranayama, she feels it is a doorway for the practitioner to deepen their intuition and develop a stronger connection to their core truth. Valerie holds retreats and intensives throughout the year locally and globally.
Born on the stage and alive on his mat, Reace brings yoga to the movement of breath and life through your body. As a professional choreographer and entertainer he is fluent with the needs of the physical and energetic body as well as rocks out to rockin' tunes! Teaching yoga through out the greater Denver area, and at yoga/music festivals across Colorado, Reace brings all the knowledge of life, love and the pursuit of expression to his mat and meets others where they are at in their journey.
Maria De Noda
Maria De Noda, a 20 year practitioner, is a yoga teacher & wellness advocate who loves to lead fun and rockin' yoga classes. She has trained in many styles, and is influenced by many teachers but her biggest influences in body movement, alignment and anatomy have been Sadie Nardini, Leslie Kaminoff and Tom Myers. She has studied extensively under the guidance of Sadie in Core Strength Vinyasa and is part of a small but growing number of Core Strength Vinyasa Teachers.
Cheryl Deer, ERYT 500, Forrest Yoga Guardian, has taught yoga since 1996. Cheryl’s classes and workshops are joyful and motivating, designed to leave you awakened and inspired. Cheryl’s teaching is deeply rooted in the Forrest Yoga philosophy; an approach designed to address the stresses and challenges of our daily lives and support our journey toward physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Dr. Tiffany Denny has a passion for anatomy and sequencing. She began her foray into yoga practice around age 15 when her mom began teaching yoga in their community. Yoga has been a guiding presence in Tiffany’s life since then, and she began teaching while studying exercise science at the University of South Carolina, continuing throughout her doctoral program in physical therapy. Her yoga training is eclectic, and she loves to explore and blend styles, but has always been drawn to yoga emphasizing alignment, technique, and intelligent but creative sequencing. And most importantly, she believes yoga fosters improved self-image, increased overall wellness, and transformation through self-exploration.
Tiffany teaches public and private yoga out of her studio, 3Tree Yoga, in Fort Worth,TX, and especially enjoys leading workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs, in addition to traveling and adventuring as much as possible. Tiffany is a licensed physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic specialist, and her teaching style is uniquely informed by a strong understanding of anatomy and movement science. She believes that building awareness of these concepts through asana provides great insight into personal practice and growth, and can help those who teach yoga serve their students well. Tiffany loves to integrate the technical aspects of her physical therapy training with the wisdom of yoga in classes that empower people to accept and celebrate not only their bodies, but the full scope of that which they presently and potentially offer in this life.
Casey Feicht the creator of Kids Yoga Guide is passionate about teaching kids yoga, training others to teach kids yoga and serving the next generation in living a peaceful and healthy lifestyles. Casey’s passion for kids yoga grew out of her love for yoga and for her daughter Grace, now 10 years young. Casey has been teaching yoga since 1998 and has experienced tremendous personal and spiritual transformation, so much that she couldn’t help but share it with kids. She has been teaching yoga to Babies, New Moms, Toddler and Kids for years, and loves seeing the joy and happiness that it brings to them. In 2015, Casey's Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training, became the first Yoga Alliance 95 hour Registered Children's Yoga Teacher Training in Denver. As Casey likes to say, Namaste and Play!
Gary Fishman became interested in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism 40 years ago. He received a degree in philosophy at the University of Colorado. He practiced Ashtanga and Power Yoga for twelve years and Kundalini Yoga for nine years. Gary first became interested in the healing arts 15 years ago when he was introduced to aromatherapy, which helped him heal a long illness of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Since then he has studied and become certified in Crystal Healing with Luna and Karen Kuk-Nagle. He is also certified in all three levels of Reiki, Kundalini Reiki, and Himalayan Vibrational Healing under the teachings of Richard Rudis. Gary has been playing the didgeridoo for fourteen years with the help of many excellent teachers. He also studied tabla and Dholak, and has been involved in drum circles playing hand made native style drums of internationally acclaimed drum maker Scott Schumacher of YuWani Drums for many years.
A sought after teacher, educator & innovator in the field of yoga + ayurveda, Maria delivers a practical and inspirational information that is accessible to all. She brings together over 20 years of experience in biomedical sciences, philosophy, yoga and ayurveda to not only train practitioners world-wide, but to also lead workshops and rejuvenating retreats. She has been on faculty for the world renowned Ayurvedic Institute & has devoted 10+ years with Vasand Lad and Shiva Rea.
Tom discovered yoga 6 and 1/2 years ago. Tom is Yoga YTT Certified, he has completed Level 1 training with the founder of Adaptive Yoga, Matthew Sanford in Minnesota. He has done 5 workshops in Colorado with Matthew Sanford; he has 6 years of training with Crystal Hinton, 6 weeks immersion with Madhuri Martin. In the summer of 2012 Tom has completed YTT. Tom has done many workshops…
Tom’s passion for yoga comes from the idea of him being told he would plateau at a certain level. After he reached that plateau level he would only be able to maintain his physical ability. At that point and time Tom’s passion grew to better himself. He was invited to a yoga workshop and that is where he saw the potential in yoga. A month later the progression of his physical ability sky rocketed to the point of him wanting to share this with the world. In his teaching you will work on meditation, foundation, grounding, and finding your center line and also when achieving your pose making sure you are in proper alignment.
Richii Jai is a Colorado native and a true yoga enthusiast. He has been studying yoga asana and the 8 Limbs of yoga (Raja Yoga), sharing what he discovers with his students. He has written Yoga Teacher Trainings, Advanced Yoga Workshops, and coached groups of Yogis in Training. Richii Jai has taught more than 6,000 asana classes in Colorado, meeting many like minded folks, and sharing this ancient experience of yoga and self discovery, enlightenment.
Blake is full of passion and life. He spent 4 year backpacking around the world learning and teaching yoga to all the who wanted to learn. He moved to NYC in 2014 to build his yoga business and take his teaching career to the next level. He now spends the winter months in Los Angeles and is the author of the best selling book "Yoga Business Essentials". His classes are accessible to all and believes yoga is more than being able to touch your toes. You will smile, feel good, and be inspired after taking his class!!
A world premier visionary Hip-Hop vocalist, Kiyoshi has a deep passion for inspiring and empowering humanity. His mission is to actualize social change through the collective power of music, dance and community while restoring balance, inspiration and respect to the Hip-Hop and global arenas. Today, with over 15 years of creating rhythms and rhymes, Kiyoshi has toured internationally to perform at socially conscious events, festivals, and venues.
Adri travels the globe leading yoga classes, retreats & teacher trainings giving her the opportunity to expand her teaching approach and connecting with her students. She has been featured in online and printed ads for Athleta, Ahnu Footwear and Manduka. Her work has also been featured in Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, Origin Magazine and Yoga Journal. Adri also offers amazing on-line classes at YogaVibes.com.
The former editor of Yoga International and Yoga Journal magazines, Linda has been teaching, talking and writing about yoga for more than 20 years. Certified at the 500-hour level through OM Yoga in New York City, she specializes in yoga for women's health issues and in bringing the deeper teachings of yoga to bear on our everyday lives. She honors the many teachers who have had a profound influence on her life and her teaching including Cyndi Lee, Sarah Powers, Patricia Walden, Sharon Gannon, Vanda Scaravelli, and Stephen Cope. Featured as a leading expert on yoga in the film YogaWoman, Linda is the author of several books, including A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health, and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book.
Shanti & Scott Medina
Scott and Shanti Medina, CYT CNSF are a dynamic husband-and-wife duo on a mission to uplift humanity by empowering self-realization. Their very popular sacred sound workshops, ecstatic community kirtans, and inspiring retreats offer a sweet and deep dive into the vibration where the soma, or body, and mantra are One. They recently released their double-CD project SoMAntra®.
Mental Physix is a DJ/Producer duo, consisting of Crisanto Santa Ana (Santosha) & Dru Ali (Hyphen-Select). You can find them creating sonic soundscapes with Yogi Tunes for yoga & meditation classes + dropping conscious hip-hop & electronic world fusion with Black Swan Sounds for music festivals & ecstatic dance parties. The third eye is the invisible brow chakra thought to provide perception into esoteric, mystical domains. If there was a third ear, it would hear sounds similar to Mental Physix.
Denelle composes an authentic experience on the mat where each student can immediately connect with the rhythm of their body and breath. With a background in modern dance, Denelle builds her Vinyasa classes through a progression of dynamic sequences to stimulate energy and vitality throughout the body. She infuses her classes with eclectic music and inspiring peak postures. Denelle’s vibrant and gregarious personality motivates her students to stay playful in their practice.
Living wholeheartedly as co-founder of Earth Yoga Studio in Boulder, CO, author, teacher and mentor of yoga teachers around the world, Shannon is a spoken word artist, poet, sacred storyteller and TedX speaker. Shannon infuses her bodies of work, practices, yoga trainings, webinars and speeches with a fullness of artful living and passion for life and experiences on and off the yoga mat. She is described, by many who have experienced her, as “confidently vulnerable” and, as a result is one who inspires positive change in the lives of others.
Canadian born & international "no bullshit" yoga teacher, Becca Pati, has helped create a beautiful community of yogis, fitness peeps & massage addicts. She's a Registered Massage Therapist, Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), an Ayurvedic Nutritionist, & published blogger (yogayikyak.com) Becca teaches dynamic & edgy yoga classes. As a gypsy, she gains inspiration from her travels; she offers yoga/meditation retreats in exotic places.
A multi-passionate yogini entrepreneur, author, TV Host, and founder/publisher of Yoga + Life Magazines. Juli has been a part of the yoga and wellness industry since teaching her first class in 1992. She began her career as a national fitness presenter and was the resident fitness expert for FOX’s morning show. She moved into her yoga studies shortly thereafter blending ancient yoga lineage with modern day sciences and has been practicing “Juli-Asana” ever since. She has a very light-hearted humor-based teaching style and enjoys reading the energy of the room and boasts a killer playlist. (Thanks to her DJ son, DJ Daboco.) Juli sits on the faculty for Meta Yoga School’s YTT program, reports for Outside Television, founded GOYO Adventures - a global retreat company, is a yoga & business mentor, and is often found presenting as an inspirational figure at conferences like CampExperience.
Sarah TV Russell
Sarah is a wanderer, dreamer and doer. A lover of all things you can paddle, pedal & practice, she has a firm belief in the power of moving meditation to heal. Sarah is the proud co-founder of Kula Creative Group and also the founder and director of the Denver Yoga Festival. In addition, she is a published yoga lifestyle writer, motivational speaker, and leads adventure and yoga retreats and trainings worldwide under her teaching brand Paddle. Pedal. Practice. Sarah also sits on the board of the National Yoga Association. She believes that by building up the yoga industry, supporting teachers and forging creative partnerships across the globe, yoga truly will have the power to change the course of how our world is run. In her spare time she can be found in her garden, shredding single track, atop her horse or catching some waves.
David spent his years living as a wilderness guide, Peace Corps volunteer, & math teacher before encountering yoga as a means to integrate life lessons and heal from past trauma. Wilderness education has been David’s passion since 1996. David’s mindfulness training began when he started practicing meditation from a book at the age of 15. Since then he's practiced Tai Chi, Yoga & Soulful Breathwork. He is currently an ERYT-200 and David teaches yoga in the Denver area.
Chrispy Singh Bhagat
Chrispy is a Yoga Educator and a Mystic - a 500-hour level instructor trained in Vinyasa Ashtanga, Heath and Kundalini Yoga. Blessed to have studied with world-renowned masters of the crafts in Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, Asana, Philosophy, Tantra, Ayurveda, Jyotish, the Chakras, the Five Elements, as well as both Eastern subtle anatomy and a deep concentration in Western anatomy. Chrispy is an explorer of Sacred Traditions, a conduit for teachings, an enthusiologist & studied in entheogens.
Carrie is a yogi, Reiki Master, mystic, lover, kindness junkie, world traveler and a modern day healer. She is passionate about helping people find good energy. Good energy happens when we are in the flow, connected, inspired, filled with purpose. Carrie has been a avid practitioner of yoga for over eleven years. Her path as a yoga enthusiast and as a yoga teacher has been a path of self-discovery, healing, integration and liberation. She believes in the power of yoga to lead an individual toward a life more abundant, peaceful, harmonious and free. Carrie is a Reiki Master in the Usui Mikao lineage and is a Professional level member of the International Center of Reiki Training (ICRT). In 2014, she received the Master Level of Holy Fire Reiki®, a new type of Reiki energy developed by the ICRT.
Kimberly Roecker Soults
A former professional ballet dancer, Kimberly was drawn to yoga’s therapeutic properties over 10 years ago when she rediscovered her relationship with her body through yoga. She has been teaching in the Denver area since 2012 and has quickly skyrocketed as an emerging teacher leading public workshops & trainings for yoga teachers and health professionals in studios and festivals across Colorado. Kimberly specializes in Adaptive Yoga as trained by Matthew Sanford, which has influenced all her offerings.
Sarah is the owner and founder of Maitri Yoga in Fayetteville, Arkansas. When she stepped onto her mat for the first time in Houston, Texas, she had no idea where it would lead her; but, she knew it was the beginning of a life-long journey and practice. She quickly found that it wasn't about simply being led through a series of poses. This practice became a vehicle leading her back to her heart, her roots and most of all back to herself. Sarah truly believes that through this practice, we get out of our own way and if we let it, it becomes a vehicle always leading us back to ourselves. Through sharing the practice, Sarah's intention is to offer up what her teachers have passed down to her, a safe space to move towards our humanness. Sarah is registered as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and is currently working on her 500-hour ParaYoga Master Certification with Rod Stryker. Sarah has trained with many wonderful teachers including Seane Corn, Amy Ippoliti and others. She is also a graduate of the Integrative Institute of Nutrition and is a student in the progress of getting her Master's Degree in Counseling. She is a facilitator of the Embody Love Movement.