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My Guru is 4 ft Tall

Working with children is a bomb proof, no fail way of learning the art of presence, the truth of acceptance, and the idea of unconditional love! While swinging at the park with my son, a conversation blossoms with a twelve year old girl. She is authentically charming, and exudes admirable comfort in her own skin. We begin a sway of back and forth on the chain link swings. She starts talking about her life- relationships with her friends and the dramas that follow. For a minute I half tune in, think about how hot it is on this summer day, and pump my legs a few times to catch a breeze. I forget the fact that I'm neglecting to offer a listening ear to this young girl who keeps talking about such an intimate part of her life- relationships. Relationships - the glue that holds all of life's projects together. I immediately tune way back in, realizing this girl has something to teach me. My new park friend continues to talk about how some of her friends don't respect her for who she is and how she is learning to deal with it. Speak louder! - I silently say to myself. Dear young one, what do you have to teach me on this hot summers day about learning to let go? She continues to tell me with beautiful, fresh, keen eyes that she is working on creating space from these girl friends in her life who don't respect her for who she is. Uh, do I hear the practice of non-attachment here? This twelve year old has figured out how to make herself unattached to people, feelings, and situations that don't serve her anymore? She then [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 August 12th, 2013|Categories: YogaFest 2014|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 [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:46+00:00 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 [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:47+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Categories: Yoga Teachers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Why Girl PowHER Yoga?

Middle School…do you remember? For many teen girls middle school is a time of self doubt and endless struggles to fit in. The pressure of school and friends leaves many girls feeling drained and mislead. Could you imagine if you had the opportunity as a middle school student to practice yoga? What skills would you have been given? How could these skills have shaped you at an age that is so difficult for so many? According to research from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty’s 2005 Global Study, “Beyond Stereotypes: Rebuilding the Foundation of Beauty Beliefs,” 70% of teenage girls who feel bad about their looks respond by withdrawing from life. They avoid school, cancel doctor visits and feel afraid to speak up in class. So why yoga? Most teenage girls have at least one thing about themselves that they would like to change. Yoga teaches people to connect with their “true self”. The self that lies beyond the stress to fit in, the pressures of school and work, and family expectations. The practice emphasizes a mind-body connection and gives the girls the opportunity to develop self-confidence as they develop a new skill. The practice of yoga will encourage a positive body image allowing the girls to focus on the strength and flexibility of their bodies. Each week the Girl PowHER Yoga Program meets at several middle schools in Eagle County. In each practice local yoga instructors lead a group yoga practice of middle school girls as we explore key elements to finding our authentic self. Yoga teaches each of us to become more in tune with our body. It pushes the girls out of their comfort zone as they try new poses, inversions, balancing, [...]

By | 2016-11-11T14:31:47+00:00 June 27th, 2013|Categories: Girl PowHER|0 Comments