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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

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; [...]

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

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