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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: 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

Local Love!

Local Love: Gina Caputo Oh Colorado! I don’t think I ever really felt the full power of LOCAL until I moved to Colorado. What a state full of great ideas and inspired people who act on those ideas! I am blown away by the number of independent restaurants and small businesses in Boulder and beyond. I am continually in awe of the spirit of entrepreneurship that runs strong in this state and the commitment by consumers to support local businesses with their choices. Now I look at labels and always choose the ones made in CO whenever possible (gotta figure out how we can grow avocados here though!). […]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 September 25th, 2014|Categories: Yoga Teachers, YogaFest 2014|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The World is Your Runway…

-Shannon Patterson will be selling Liquido Yoga Pants at this year’s Eagle YogaFest. Coco Chanel was once quoted as saying – “Every day is a fashion show, and the world is your runway.” Somehow, in 2013 I woke up and realized that not only was my yoga practice in a rut, but so was who I had always wanted to be. After more than a decade of strict dress codes in Corporate America and barely finding time in my busy schedule for yoga; I realized my world and look needed some shaking up. […]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 September 25th, 2014|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