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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

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

Meet Rachel DeLong. (Eagle YogaFest Instructor/ Girl PowHER Teacher and Mentor)

 

I began yoga many years ago by going to classes at a local studio.   At the time I was a competitor, I had spent a most of my early adult life competing in triathlon, running, snowboarding, white water kayaking and adventure racing. I was extreme, everything that I took on I pushed to the fullest so that I could to be the best that I could be at it.  In one sense I did it because when I’m passionate about something I go “All In” and on the other side I used it to validate who I was.  In my mind I thought, “If I’m great at something, people will like me, one of those people being myself.” I went to yoga because I heard it would enhance my athletic endeavors. Literally my first couple months of classes people laughed with me as I made my way into what resembled the poses the teacher was calling out.  The first few years of yoga fed my need for perfection and competition.

 

It wasn’t until I had my first son and I began going to Baptiste Power Vinyasa classes that something shifted in a big way for me.  I remember the words the teacher said as I laid in savasana, “Who are you and what is your dharma”?  I left class that day filled with curiosity and knowing there was more to this practice than just the physical and there was definitely more to me than how I was choosing to live.

 

My first son was 8 months old at the time.  Being a mother was something that I had placed in the category of “I’m going to be the best mom”.   I grew up with a mother who […]

By |August 9th, 2013|Categories: Yoga Teachers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Jamie Elmer’s Journey Through Yoga

 

 

My path in yoga began over 15 years ago. I was in college for dance in North Carolina and attended my first yoga class while at the Amercian Dance Festival one summer. At the time, as a dancer and a young person, life wasn’t the easiest. I was dealing with an eating disorder and back pain that made every day difficult. I must admit, attending yoga was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. For my entire life I had trained my body and my mind in a particular way. Yoga challenged my mind and my body in ways that I didn’t expect. It was emotionally and physically confronting.

 

After my summer course in yoga, I did stick with it. It continued to be challenging, but I always felt better emotionally afterwards. I moved to Los Angeles to finish my dance degree and continued to practice yoga just once a week. My back pain was at an all time high, but being as young as I was, I really didn’t know how to deal with it and figured I’d simply be in consistent pain, maybe forever. A typical dancer’s mentality!

 

One weekend my regular teacher was out of town, so I tried a different teacher’s yoga class. This was the first class that focused more on the breathing, and afterwards I felt different. Different than I usually did after yoga. This class was taught my Max Strom – the man I still consider to be my main teacher. By this time I was dancing in a professioanl modern dance company, and after taking Max’s class, began attending yoga classes more than once a week. It was still a physical and mental challenge for me to […]

By |July 29th, 2013|Categories: Yoga Teachers|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment