Colorado is a Yoga Festival Mecca, Including Mountain Pose Yoga Festival at Copper Mountain, July 7 to 10

June 8, 2011


Colorado is a Yoga Festival Mecca

Including Mountain Pose Yoga Festival at Copper Mountain, July 7-10

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado...June 8, 2011...With an inspiring mountain setting and some of the country's most active and wellness focused communities, it is hardly surprising that Colorado has become home to four of the nation's leading yoga gatherings. Each summer, a cast of yogis, instructors, musicians, motivational speakers and wellness enthusiasts alike gather to celebrate the rewarding practice of yoga at Colorado's unique festivals. In general, these festivals offer participants the opportunity to take classes from distinguished instructors and enjoy the best in yoga music. Interestingly, each festival is as different in focus as the towns that will host them. For instance, a new addition to this year's lineup is Copper Mountain Resort, offering physicians and health practitioners the opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education credits by attending the Mountain Pose Yoga Festival.

Colorado's season of yoga festival begins at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with the Hanuman Festivalin Boulder, from June 16-19. Boulder boasts a thriving community of health conscious, outdoor enthusiasts. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Boulder is "home to the happiest, healthiest people in the United States". Perhaps this is the perfect setting for yogis looking to enjoy Hanuman's "world-class yoga instruct[ion], mind-blowing music, inspirational experiences and a nourishing community". Festival participants are encouraged to learn and practice SEVA, the "selfless service on behalf of, and for the betterment of a community", by attending Saturday night's benefit DJ Dance Party. The Desert Dwellers and GlobeSonic DJ Alsultany join to raise funding for Off the Mat and Into the World, an organization that "uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism, and to ignite grass roots social change". The festivals founders invite all levels of yoga practitioners to this event, where they wish to "bring yoga to the masses and unite in breath, movement and community."

A little over an hour's drive west from Denver, the Copper Chamber introduces the Mountain Pose Yoga Festival, Colorado's second major yoga event this season. From July 7 -10, healthcare providers and wellness enthusiasts will gather at Copper Mountain to enjoy educational workshops, lectures, classes and music. Perfect for anyone who works in the healthcare industry, this weekend retreat has been approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians for up to 6.5 CME credits, and all levels of yoga practice and experience are welcome. Copper Mountain boasts both a perfect natural environment as well as exceptional conference facilities, making it the perfect host for this much anticipated event.

'Yoga as medicine' is an emerging trend among health care providers and extensive research shows the positive results of yoga as part of a treatment program for numerous health conditions. In one recent study, doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital found that regular yoga practice may reduce episodes of irregular heartbeat by up to 50% in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Other studies have found yoga to be beneficial for everything from eating disorders and depression to spinal cord injuries and orthopedic rehab. The workshops offered at this festival will move beyond simply "prescribing yoga", but will lead participants to a better understanding of the types of yoga, appropriate postures, questions patients should ask and things patients should be aware of before beginning and continuing practice. A sampling of the classes offered include Yoga for Brain Rejuvenation, Yoga to Aid Depression and Anxiety and Basic Back Care Yoga presented by Rodney Yee.

While the Mountain Pose Yoga Festival will certainly educate the medical community, everyone interested in yoga, both experienced and novice, are invited to attend. The Village at Copper will be alive with artists, delicious food, a fresh juice bar, chair massages and live music for all to enjoy. For more information check out the full schedule of presenters and event activities.

In the summer of 2008, Telluride welcomed the vision of local resident and yogini Aubrey Hackmen, who imagined a unique yoga gathering that would incorporate the rewarding practice of yoga with "the opportunity to have a positive impact on the world." Four summers later, the annual Telluride Yoga Festival returns July 14 - 17, a welcomed event for this quintessential mountain town. This festival brings together world-class yoga instructors and yogis for a weekend of workshops and events against the breathtaking backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.

Unique to this festival is the incorporation of environmental consciousness into the yogi lifestyle. One noteworthy goal - the festival strives to be a zero-waste event and will provide purified drinking water stations and reusable shopping bags free of charge! Additionally, 25% of the net proceeds will be donated to Sheep Mountain Alliance, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment in the local region. This yoga festival is perfect for those who share an appreciation and respect for Colorado's environment and would like to spend a weekend practicing yoga in the peaceful setting of Telluride.

Colorado's season of yoga festivals concludes with the Yoga Journal's Conference from September 17 - 25 in Estes Park. As one of the first organizations to host such an event for the yoga community, Yoga Journal prides their conferences on having the very best in yoga instructors, many of whom have been featured in their nationwide publication. One yoga instructor remarks, "What I love about the Yoga Journal Conference is that it allows students and teachers, {and} studio owners, to all be under one space. And in that we really get to feel and see the evolutionary pulse of yoga in America." Those who gather for this conference will also unite in enjoying Estes Park and the "majestic scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park." A visit to Estes Park is a "dream vacation in paradise" offering guests world class hiking and climbing, fishing, golfing, wildlife watching and more!

Colorado's yoga events are impressive in their ability to bring together the yoga community, while supporting our local and global communities, health and environment. Past participants explain that Colorado offers a uniquely inspiring setting that enhances the already pleasing practice of yoga. It can only be assumed that the Colorado towns hosting these events eagerly await sharing their communities with yogis, newcomers, physicians and all others who currently practice or wish to learn yoga. Upon leaving a past Yoga Journal conference, instructor Sianna Sherman describes, "I leave here different, I leave here better. And I think the students who come, leave here expanded."

 

About Copper Mountain

Copper gives guests the freedom to define their own vacation experience. Easy access to several 14,000 ft. peaks, hundreds of miles of Colorado Scenic Byways, an 18-hole championship golf course and long stretches of celebrated fishing waters make Copper a premier summer destination. That access, combined with an intimate resort village that produces world-class events and entertainment, is especially appealing to hikers, road bikers, runners, anglers and others seeking personal growth and wellness through their mountain experience. To see more, visit www.coppercolorado.com/summer.

 

Contact

Erin Woods

Office: 970.968.2318 ext. 39811

ewoods@copperchamber.com

 

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