My Summer Adventure with the Denver Yoga Community

With Thanksgiving this week and the holiday season in full approach, it’s only natural to think more often about gratitude. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the usual, like family and friends, but lately I’ve been looking beyond to the other things I may take for granted – like my health. I, we, are so lucky to have a supportive yoga community that is thriving. Everywhere I look, there’s yoga happening, reminding me how thankful I am to be part of the Denver Yoga Community.

Adventure with the Denver Yoga Community Outside the Studio

When I review the list of activities I enjoyed this last spring and summer, it reads like a resume of yoga adventure.  I knew I experienced a lot of yoga play time and when I wrote it all out on paper, I was surprised at how full my summer yoga actually was. Thanks to FitLo Denver, I broadened myyoga experience outside the studio and got to play, a lot on and off my mat indoors and out with the Denver Yoga Community.

Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrision, Denver, CO Denver Yoga Community
Yoga on the Rocks 2016. Photo by Josephine Virginia Photography

Yoga on the Rocks

The adventure began with The River Yoga Studio at Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks. I felt like I was the only one on my mat even though I was surrounded by thousands of yogis. The power of Mother Nature in a beautiful setting like Red Rocks was felt in the palms of my hands as I placed them at my heart, took a deep inhale from the Red Rocks and then breathed out my intention. I was surprised at how intimate the experience was in such a big venue. It just goes to show that yoga really is wherever you are.

Fitness on the Rocks

I went back to ‘The Rocks’ to experience a taste of Fitness on the Rocks, and though I didn’t participate in the hundreds of push-ups, box jumps and burpees that were being thrown down in the blazing sun (I am good with my chaturanga challenge as it is), I was impressed by the hunger for fitness in our Denver community.

Yoga Rocks the Park Denver

Yoga Rocks the Park was easily accessible and a fun way to experience the playfulness of taking yoga out of the studio. I loved feeling the cool grass under my toes and the warmth of the sun on my back. My favorite class was with Gina Caputo. She really has a nice way of keeping it real. Yoga can be simple and classic and it doesn’t have to be about the latest power pose or inversion.

Yoga Practice Dance Party at StapletOM Yoga Festival Denver Yoga Community
Yoga Dance Party at StapletOM 2016. Photo by Frameless Photography by Jennifer.

StapletOM Yoga Festival

StapletOM was my favorite community yoga experience because it felt like a neighborhood block party, with some yoga mixed in. The ladies did a great job putting the event together and highlighting local yoga instructors. I was humbled to co-teach with Tricia and rock out the chakras with Jay on the Drums.

I am always impressed with the heart of the Denver yoga community when a group of strangers come together to do a little dance, share a little love and get down (dog) tonight.

More Denver Yoga Community Adventures This Winter

As my summer becomes fall and winter it’s been lovely to return back to the studio with Friday Night Yoga club and see different venues and teachers bring the community back together.  Denver is a thriving fitness community and I don’t know that I can keep up with all the different studios, classes, formats, teachers. Then again, I guess I don’t have to keep up with it all because we are lucky there’s so much out there, everyone can find their own groove on the mat and off the mat. I look forward to many more yoga adventures this winter. I appreciate FitLo Denver for providing more opportunity to learn about all the choices out there. It’s good to mix things up and try something new.


 

Find an Upcoming Denver Yoga Event and Go!

The FitLo Calendar is filled with Denver Yoga Community events. Check em out! Find one you’re interested and go! P.S. Even if you don’t know anyone, just show up and say hello to the person next you.  I promise they will welcome you!

Friday Night Yoga Club and Yogiapproved.com on FitLo Denver Fitness Chat Facebook Live
FitLo Fitness Chat with Erik Vienneau, Tricia Olson and Ashton August

Watch the FitLo Fitness Chat interview with the founder of  FitLo Denver, Tricia Olson, YogiApproved.com, Ashton August, and the producer of Yoga Rocks the Park Denver and Friday Night Yoga Club Denver, Erik Vienneau. They chat about Denver Yoga Community events. You are likely to run into any of us at local yoga events. Come say hi if you see us!

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