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Getting to Know Karen Anderson

Meet Karen Anderson! Karen has been teaching yoga in Vail for many years and has devoted a great deal of time to developing her meditation practice, studying with some of today’s renowned teachers and taking several month long silent meditation retreats. Our Creative Manager Julia Clarke caught up with Karen recently to chat yoga, Vail, meditation and Thai massage!   JC: You've been teaching in Vail for a long time! What's it been like to be a part of yoga's evolution in a mountain town? KA: It has been so much fun!  We started out as a small group with the same practice, and slowly everyone sought out the various training and teachers that spoke to them, and brought this wisdom back to the valley.  Now we have so much diversity of knowledge, but we have retained the small town sense of community that keeps us all connected.  We are very lucky. JC: You started out as an economist. How did you make the shift to teaching yoga? KA: Teaching yoga was a bit of an accident.  My first teacher Argie Ligeros was leading a teacher training when I was only a couple of years into my practice with her at the VAC.  I did her training with the intention of being able to practice alone at home, but within weeks was teaching at the Racquet Club because the one teacher in East Vail moved away.  It was so fun to share the practice.  I was a full-time economist, but continued teaching on the side for 8 years.  Every year I would do more trainings, and fall more in love with yoga and teaching, and add more classes.  Then in 2007 I ended up- again [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:45+00:00 June 27th, 2016|Categories: YogaFest 2014|0 Comments

Getting to Know Jessica Jollie…

Jessica Jollie was raised on a sweet little farm in the southeast and has been practicing and studying yoga for 20 years. A snowboarding accident in Northern Tahoe left her with a bulging disc in her lumbar spine and fractured bones in her arm. the event turned out to be a blessing in disguise as she learned how to heal her back with the therapeutic powers of yoga. she has been a teacher for 15 years and her Masters degree in Counseling additionally influences her classes to be introspective physically, psychologically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually. She teaches Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga and she is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Her teaching style is often described as patient, knowledgeable, and kind, with a childlike sense of humor. She has created and directed two studios in the south and cherishes her Yoga community in Chattanooga, Tennessee at Yoga Landing. She is the creator/director of Yoga Landings 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training and embraces opportunities to travel and teach as much as possible! Our Creative Manager Julia Clarke caught up with Jessica here to find out what we can expect for Jessica’s return to Eagle YogaFest this year!   JC: How is it teaching yoga in Chattanooga? What is your favorite thing about your community there? JJ: Teaching in Chattanooga is dear to my heart. My classes are often attended by students that I have been growing with for years and I love walking into a room of familiar faces where a foundation of trust has already been laid. As a community we genuinely welcome new students to practice with us as well. I encourage my students to create a warm, safe and inclusive environment JC: Like [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Categories: YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Getting to Know Carson Efrid…

  Carson Efird, MFA, E-RYT 500, is a dancing yogini from South Carolina living between Raleigh, NC and Los Angeles, CA. An enthusiastic student and teacher of Prana Flow, Carson is inspired by evolutionary Vinyasa, contemporary dance techniques, Tantra, Ayurveda and her teacher, Shiva Rea, creatress of Prana Vinyasa. Since completing her 300-hour Prana Flow certification in 2008, she joyfully serves as an assistant and mentor in Shiva’s Samudra: Global School for Living Yoga. Carson directs affiliate Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training programs for EVOLVE Movement in Raleigh, NC, and, UCLA Summer Institutes in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA in Dance in 2013 from UCLA where she taught yoga in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Carson is stoked to return to EVOLVE, her hOMe base, as Yoga Program Director.   Our Creative Manager Julia Clarke caught up with Carson back in Raleigh last month over avocado and pea toast on Bolted Bread to talk over some of the big questions in life like…..   JC: What is your favorite snack?   CE: Avocado and pea toast on bolted bread! I’m not really a snacker honestly I love eating big, hearty meals.   JC: What is your favorite yoga pose?   CE: Oh lord…I really love the process of moving through asanas, when I’m in my practice by myself or in my groove in a class I don’t feel like it’s about any one asana but the movement between the asanas. But thinking about my victory of healing my broken foot, Vashistasana is a pose that I will rock out any chance I get, because it has all components to me, it’s grounding because your hand is on the earth and [...]

Chai Break with Corina Benner

Corina Benner is a long time, devoted student and teacher of yoga based in Philadelphia, where she founded Wake Up Yoga in 2002 following a stint working on Wall Street. Wake Up Yoga continues to thrive as a vibrant community today, and Corina has earned the distinction of being a renowned Yin Yoga teacher in addition to teaching Vinyasa which she has studied under some of today’s most influential teachers. Our own Creative Manager Julia Clarke met Corina at a Yin Yoga training in Virginia Beach in 2014 and we were thrilled to welcome her to last’s year’s Eagle Yoga Fest. Her classes were so well-received we can’t wait to have her back this year. Julia was teaching at Wake Up Yoga recently and took a few minutes to sit down and get to know Corina a bit better:   JC: If you could only take one sutra from the Yoga Sutras with you to a desert island, which one would you take?   CB: The 36th sutra in the first chapter, vishoka va jyotishmati or ‘to calm the mind, contemplate the effulgent sorrowless light that is already within,’ contemplate the light that is already within you.   JC: I knew you would have an answer!   CB: There are so many to choose from but that one is probably my absolute favorite.   JC: If you only have five minutes to practice yoga, what to do you do?   CB: Heart Bench! Oh my gosh heart bench.   JC: What’s your favorite food?   CB: Brown rice. Raspberries.Yeah, I love grains, greens and legumes. And I like the one pot meal. So whether it’s a stew, a soup, a salad, or a stiry fry, [...]

Meet Jeremy Wolf…

  Meet Jeremy Wolf! Since childhood, Jeremy Wolf has pursued the growth and development of both mind and body in what started with a deep interest in the martial arts. After reaching a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, he went on to teach as an assistant and many years later found Capoeira where he trained and taught with the American Capoeira Association in Boulder/Denver, Colorado. His yoga and meditation classes seek to incorporate the holistic practice of yoga illuminating the transcendental element of yoga’s deeply spiritual origin. His time off the mat is usually spent immersed in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains or in his musical passions of djing/producing ethnic-electronic music and the exploration of trance-dance as a method for healing, expression, and self-realization.   Our Creative Manager Julia Clarke caught up with Jeremy recently. Read on to get to know him better...   JC: You have a long history with martial arts. Do you feel those practices have shaped how you teach and practice yoga?   JW: Most definitely, although not so much in the way people might expect.  Since I have a history with capoeira, I think some people come to my classes expecting more acrobatic and complicated poses.  While I do very much enjoy and always include some more advanced postures, they're not what shape my intention in designing a class or how I practice personally.  Martial arts taught me a lot about mental focus and stability as well as discipline.  I feel that those principles are what most come through in my yoga teaching and practice which tend to have an orientation toward "mental posture" as much as physical posture.   JC: In a time when yoga is increasingly [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Kick Off to Eagle YogaFest at Bighorn Toyota Glenwood Springs!

Join us on Monday, May 9th from 6:15-7:15pm for a Free Eagle YogaFest practice at Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood Springs! Yvonne Schwartz (director of Eagle YogaFest) will present an all levels practice designed to bring you into balance and increase your vitality this spring season! Come a little early and be sure to check out Bighorn Toyota's eco-friendly car options or schedule a test drive. Everyone who joins us will be entered to win a FREE Weekend Pass to Eagle YogaFest! *(bring a mat if you have one. we will have limited mats on site to borrow). This is the Official Kickoff to our countdown to the 2016 Eagle YogaFest! Bighorn Toyota is a sponsor of the 2016 Eagle YogaFest. If you or your company is interested in supporting our 4th annual event please email us at: eagleyogafest@gmail.com for more information.

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 April 16th, 2016|Categories: YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

NEW Free Community Events at This Year’s Eagle YogaFest!

Bringing together communities through yoga has always been an important focus of Eagle YogaFest! This year we have added some special community events to celebrate the 4th annual Eagle YogaFest. We hope you will join us in a celebration of mindful movement in the mountains of Eagle, CO this October 14-16th! Purchase your tickets soon as class sizes are limited. See you this fall!   Glow Yoga Family Yoga Join us for an all levels, all ages, flow under the black lights! Wear your neon and bring your face paint. This class will be a celebratory opening of the Eagle YogaFest weekend. Honey Flow Glow Yoga with Julia Clarke and DJ Kirby K Join Julia Clarke and DJ Kirby K for a glow inspired Honey Flow. A delicious 45-minute serving of fire-stoking Vinyasa to ignite your Agni (fire) followed by 45 minutes of yin yoga, meditation, pranayama and deep relaxation. This class is for 18+ please.   SoapBox with Scotty Stoughton New at this year’s Eagle YogaFest!!! On Saturday, October 15th from 4:45-6:45 pm. Come experience The SoapBox featuring Scotty Stoughton of Bonfire Dub performing live. Stoughton will deliver an acoustic set of songs stories from his recent two hundred seventy seven mile Grand Canyon river trip on a stand up paddle board and his 5 weeks trekking and paddling across Turkey. Enjoy craft beer samples from Bonfire Brewing and artisan pizza from Pickups Pizza while Scotty takes you on a journey of his travels though music. This will be a unique experience you don’t want to miss! AND it’s Free for Eagle YogaFest ticket holders. The Yoga Pants After Party at Bonfire Brewing As if you needed an excuse to drink beer in spandex... Put on your [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Categories: YogaFest 2014|0 Comments


Emily McCormack, Founding Partner UB.U The beginning of the new school year also was the start of our UB.U pilot program for 2014-2015. It’s been a whirlwind and we’re thrilled to be teaching mindfulness, movement and relaxation in 17 classrooms in Eagle County, from kindergarten through high school. […]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 September 11th, 2014|Categories: UB.U, YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Eagle YogaFest…The Yoga Festival for EVERY Body!

Are you a yoga festival virgin?? Considering coming to Eagle YogaFest, but aren't sure if you can handle 4 classes a day? Maybe you are a little nervous about spending the weekend with a bunch of "experienced yogis"? Eagle YogaFest is the yoga festival for Every Body. Experienced festival goers and festival virgins a like, Eagle YogaFest is a great place to have your first yoga festival experience. First time festival goers may enjoy classes like Intro to Baptise Yoga with Dave Farmar while experienced yogis should check out AcroYoga with the YogaSlackers. When Yvonne first came up with the concept of Eagle YogaFest she wanted to host a yoga festival that anyone could feel comfortable attending. Experienced yogis to yoga novices, she wanted all her students to get the opportunity to take classes from a line up of great teachers while having a great time! We hope you will join us at this year's event.  To make the best of this year's festival here are some suggestions for attending this year's Eagle YogaFest:   1. Vary your schedule! Sometimes we get so excited about the opportunity to take 6 classes in one weekend about getting upside down that we forget that isn't the best idea for most of our bodies. Be sure to provide some variety to your schedule so you aren't exhausted before your first day of classes is even finished. Schedule a restorative yoga class, participate in the Better Together meeting, take a lecture! Give your body opportunity to rest!     2. Speaking of rest... Participate fully in class, but remember to take it easy. Drink lots of water. Take breaks in class. Treat your body with kindness. If [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Categories: YogaFest 2014|0 Comments

Being Present Makes a Difference…

At UB.U, We BELIEVE:   ~Being present makes a difference and sparks connection~   Let’s face it, whether you are 40 or 14 being present is something that we seem to be moving further and further away from at this time on the planet.  All the new technology; texting, twitter, facebook, instagram, video games and so on, is a distraction from being in the present moment and connecting human to human and heart to heart. The more I look around these days at teens, it seems that one of the most valuable connections they have is with their smart phones.  I had an experience in the not so distant past with a family member and his friend, both in high school.  We went out to Sylvan Lake for a night to stay in the cabins enjoying nature and connecting with one another, at least that was my intention.  As soon as we arrived the boys immediately discovered the weren’t able to get cell service and the were not happy about it.  I hoped they’d move past it and we spend some much needed quality time together.  After weather moved in and we were forced inside the boys started getting ancy and bored because they couldn’t use their phones.  Let me just say it was a BIG deal for them.   So, we spent the next couple of hours attempting to reel the boys in by playing games and talking, however what keep showing up was their boredom due not being able to get on their phones and see what was going on.  There seemed to be an awkwardness in the boys attempts to spend time with one another.  Finally my brother couldn’t take it anymore and [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 August 26th, 2014|Categories: UB.U|0 Comments