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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.

Last week, I got to spend time with kinder and first grade students at Eagle Valley Elementary School (EVES). Since this was the first time many of the kindergarteners had experienced a UB.U lesson we kicked things off with the basics: mindful listening.

Imagine being five or six years old and sitting mindfully – criss-cross-applesauce – with eyes gently closed, just listening. No moving, no thinking, no giggling, no twitching, itching or tapping. This is a tough exercise for many adults, so you can only imagine how the kids fare. So much for basic, right?

Kids’ bodies are biologically wired to be in motion. And yet we, as adults, ask kids to be still and listen. A lot. I can hear myself ask it of my own children and I cringe. But, in our society, this is sometimes a necessity (in school, for instance). Yet, we haven’t provided our kids with the tools to listen and be still.

UB.U to the rescue…we’ve got the tools!

We begin with mindful listening. First, I taught the kinders and first graders how to put on their mindful bodies (criss- cross-applesauce, straight spine, attentive and peaceful in their seats), which allowed calm and quiet to fill the room. We practiced the difference between mindful bodies and crazy, lazy bodies for a few moments, and then I introduced yoga bells. The kids LOVE the bells. I asked them to put on their mindful bodies and open their ears. And then I rang the bells. The kids listened and let big, bright smiles light up their […]

By |September 11th, 2014|Categories: UB.U, YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

How to Visit Eagle, CO: The Right Way!

Exploring Eagle is like creating a recipe.
You have a main part to the dish, but it’s the little ingredients that really make the creation stand-alone from others that may rival it. Fishing, hiking, and mountain biking make up the bulk of the recipe and they are the things that make Eagle truly unique. The great outdoors is what Eagle is most known for. With access to many different trails that can be enjoyed via mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding, it is certain that these lively activities are the main part of the dish.

However, it’s the little things that Eagle has to offer that makes a visit to Eagle just a little bit sweeter. Just as a touch of cinnamon would add a whole new flavor to an unsuspecting dish, a warm coffee from the folks at Red Canyon Café or a friendly wave from a stranger, or even embracing your inner child at the Brush Creek Park, will all add a little something special to your visit to Eagle.

Everyone knows that a great recipe is not complete without a secret ingredient. And that secret ingredient, my friends, is you. Whether you’re your own secret spice or someone else’s during Eagle YogaFest, it can be certain that without you, this experience would not be the same.

With that being said, make your visit to Eagle, CO and Eagle YogaFest your own recipe. Of course, don’t forget the big things like mountain biking between yoga sessions or trying out fly-fishing for the first time, just remember that the little stuff is just as important.    -Kelly Cassidy

Love Your Self (First) by: R.R. Shakti

[via Elephant Journal February 2011]
Please be sure to secure your own mask, before assisting others.
Lately, I’ve been spending a ton of time in airplanes: to California for school, to Nebraska for Inner Power Yoga Teacher Training, to Africa for Yoga World Reach. Admittedly, I have become one of those passengers who (at the risk of seeming rude or reckless) barely lifts an eye toward the safety instructions at the onset of each flight.

There is, however, one bit of the pre-flight demonstration that catches my attention every time. I guess you could call it my favorite part: “In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the compartment above your head. Please be sure to secure your own mask, before assisting others.”

This phrase strikes an unexpected chord on my heart strings as a sweet gesture of LOVE. Love can be found in the smallest gestures. Love is an action word, after all, a way of BEing. But it is also so much more. I submit, that Love is our True Nature. We allow ourselves to be and experience this Love through our choices and actions. And yet, it is also there, waiting in the stillness, when we quiet our minds and take a breath.

This airline safety instruction reminds me: if I cannot Love my Self first (in that quiet place within), my Love for others has no ground for stability or sustainability. And even the grandest gestures of Love lose their potency. It is easy to get caught up in it—the soaring heights of Loving others and gaining their Love in return. It feels exhilirating. I delight in the AMAZING lift from affirmations on how I spread the Love everyday; as a Sevite Yogini, a daughter, […]

Open hearts, open community – visit Eagle YogaFest!

At Eagle YogaFest, strangers become your friends.
Spirits and hearts beat together as one.
The fall season is certainly a sight to behold in the Rocky Mountains. In Eagle, Colorado, the vibrant colors kiss the hillsides with hues of red, yellow and orange, exuding a unique warm glow throughout the town of Eagle. Aside from the breathtaking views, Eagle offers locals and travelers alike a sanctuary for people to grow as individuals and as a community.

At Eagle YogaFest, handshakes are replaced with hugs, office chairs replaced with yoga mats, and a business agenda replaced with downward dog. Simply put, the environment of Eagle YogaFest is the exact opposite of the workplace, and Eagle provides a haven to escape into a weekend that is truly dedicated to you.

Let the strength of your breath combine with the spirits of others and let the flow of your practice become synchronized with your neighbors as you become bonded to the people surrounding you, a bond that is guaranteed to be unforgettable. Embrace the support from the community behind you and navigate through challenging poses. Because, they are just as determined as you to see the end result.

Visit Eagle for the beautiful fall colors and jagged mountain peaks, but stay for the community that welcomes you with open arms and hearts, ready with a space made just for you.

Welcome home.

-Kelly Cassidy

By |June 18th, 2014|Categories: YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments