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Unlimited Yoga Teacher Spotlight: Aly Ballow

Aly is an up-and-coming yoga instructor in the Denver area. She teaches regularly at RiNo Yoga Social, and in June 2017, headlined an International Day of Yoga celebration in City Park.  Aly is also studio director for LoDo Massage Studio, and the mom to a gorgeous fur baby Golden Doodle name Bowie. 

Aly taught her famous "Glow From Your Soul" flow at YOGA + PLANTS: All About Lavender class with Unlimited Yoga.

Here's more about Aly and her teaching practice  >>> 

UY: Where did you did your yoga teacher training, and what drew you to that program?

AB: My training was with Kim Zamoff, a Baron Baptiste instructor, based out of Orlando, Florida in a studio called Warrior One. That studio and all the students/instructors in it became my family. I love that this practice brings community together like that. I think that and the overall health/self-love of a committed yoga practice is what drew me in!

UY: What made you want to become a yoga teacher? 

AB: I competed in gymnastics for 13 years of my life in Tallahassee, Florida. When I discovered yoga in my early 20s, I was reintroduced to the love of postures and challenging myself physically/mentally. Once the meditation aspect of yoga was introduced to me, I knew this practice was going to change my life. I felt the urge to share this knowledge/experience with anybody who may be on the same path... looking for something bigger/brighter within themselves. 

UY: What style(s) of yoga do you teach? 

AB: I enjoy teaching power/hot power classes most! Restorative, meditation, partner, and flow classes are a few others I love to teach. Recently diving more into workshop classes spotlighting arm balances and handstands too.

UY: Where can people find you? (for in-person classes and online) 

AB: Check out the calendar at www.rinoyogasocial.com and follow my FaceBook page - Glow from your Soul Yoga for information on my upcoming classes and events.

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Unlimited Yoga Teacher Spotlight: Tiffany Adams

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Tiffany Adams is founder of Kindred Yogis, a yoga company that aims to create a safe space for beginners, experts and everyone in between to delve into their personal yoga practice. Kindred Yogis wants to provide the space to explore your mind, body, and soul through fun and powerful sequences. 

Tiffany taught YOGA + PLANTS: Indoor Plants & DIY Herbal Incense. 

Here's more about Tiffany and her teaching practice >>> 

UY: Where did you did your yoga teacher training, and what drew you to that program? 

TA: I completed my 200 RYT with Kindness Yoga. I moved to Colorado in September of last year and was asking around about different studios in the area. Kindness was one of two that was recommended to me. After attending a few classes at Kindness, I just knew this is where I wanted to get my training. Their sense of community was obvious and exactly what I was looking for. I also loved that they offer the mentor program after you have graduated which I also completed. It just seems like they really care about their students and community. I truly believe I was fortunate to learn from some of the best yoga teachers! 

UY: What made you want to become a yoga teacher? 

TA: I took my first yoga class in 2012. After a handful of classes I already saw the benefits of the practice. I began to crave the calmness and alone time that yoga provided in my busy lifestyle. The more I did it, the more I needed it. I began to not only feel physically better but emotionally as well. I became aware of just how important it is to take care of yourself. I believe yoga is about challenging yourself, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yoga allows me to be happy with who I am, where I am in my practice, and to see what in life really matters. All the while yoga encourages me to challenge myself to continue to grow and forever evolve. I was excited and energized in a way that I felt the need to share the love I had for yoga with others. This is when I realized the next step was to guide yoga practices. Here I am today doing just that and I am so lucky to be doing/sharing what I love.  This journey really has just begun.

UY: What style(s) of yoga do you teach? 

TA: Vinyasa, Align and Flow, Foundations and Gentle Yoga.

UY: Where can people find you? (in-person classes and online) 

TA: I can be found weekly at RiNo Yoga Social, and Koko Fitclub Denver. I would like to begin hosting yoga classes and events at neighborhood parks in the Aurora and Denver area. More information about me and when/where to find me can all be found at www.KindredYogis.com. Also you can follow me on Instagram at @tiff.yogi.hooper or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KindredYogis

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Unlimited Yoga Teacher Spotlight: Jaclyn Fu

Jaclyn is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and the founder of two companies. CHEERFLOW, an Uplifting Morning Yoga Party for Charity, donates proceeds from each event to organizations like the ACLU and Sierra Club. Jaclyn is also Founder of Pepper Bra, a bra company redefining the perception of small chests with a bra that celebrates the body you got. She met Lynn with Unlimited Yoga at an Off The Mat service event at Urban Peak on a Saturday morning, and the rest is history.

Jaclyn taught YOGA + PLANTS: Floral Arrangements & DIY Frame + Air Plants projects.

Here's more about Jaclyn and her teaching practice >>> 

UY: Where did you did your yoga teacher training, and what drew you to that program? 

JF: I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at QiFlow in spring 2016. I had just moved to Denver around the same time and discovered their Edgewater studio nearby. I was drawn to QiFlow's program because of its unique Entrepreneurship component -- the training included creating our own yoga class series that we had to develop and teach to family and friends. It exposed me to the business side of yoga and started putting teaching experience under my belt very early on in the process.

UY: What made you want to become a yoga teacher?  

JF: I had a huge fear of public speaking and a large part of doing yoga teacher training was to learn how to "own" a room and comfortably hear my own voice for an hour. I didn't intend to start teaching in the beginning but by the end of the program I loved it! I love that yoga is an opportunity to shift and reset your perspectives on how you see yourself and others. Self-awareness is such a powerful thing and I am honored to guide others on the journey.

UY: What style(s) of yoga do you teach? 

JF: Vinyasa yoga, lately with a touch of yin.

UY: Where can people find you? (in-person classes and online) 

JF:  QiFlow on Wednesdays at 4-5pm

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Unlimited Yoga’s YOGA + PLANTS is Cannabis-Infused with Colorado’s Stillwater Brands

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Unlimited Yoga’s YOGA + PLANTS is Cannabis-Infused with Colorado’s Stillwater Brands

YOGA + PLANTS, an Unlimited Yoga co-produced event along with professional gardener, Eric Rooney, and a few local yoga teachers was elevated in the Summer of 2017 with samples for everyone of Stillwater Brands’ cannabis-infused teas.

YOGA + PLANTS attendees got a chance to try or take home a sample of Stillwater Brands tea. 

YOGA + PLANTS attendees got a chance to try or take home a sample of Stillwater Brands tea. 

Stillwater Brands, a cannabis-infused functional foods company based in Commerce City, was an amazing addition to the YOGA + PLANTS experience and we are so lucky to have had their support.

Not at all ironically, their cannabis tea blends (infused with THC and CBD) fit so well into our theme that plants are vital to our existence, and health. Like many other plants, cannabis offers medicinal properties that help with relaxation and anxiety. Not to mention the ways CBD (Cannabidiol) has started to become popular for reasons that have nothing to do with getting a high.

For people who are unsure or scared of consuming too much THC, Stillwater Brands is helping people test the waters with small doses (starting at 2.5mg / serving), with a concept called “micro-dosing.” At 2.5mg THC and 2.5mg CBD, Stillwater Teas are designed to relax and NOT intoxicate. For people with higher tolerances, Stillwater also offers 10mg tea blends. And for people who don’t enjoy tea, Stillwater makes Ripple, a sugar-free, calorie-free, flavorless, dissolvable THC that provides easy dosing and the opportunity to make anything an edible.

If you haven’t tried or are curious about Stillwater Brands, they are sold in over 100 dispensaries across the Front Range. To find out where, visit their website. Cheers!

This post is sponsored by Stillwater Brands.

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Introducing RiNo Yoga Social

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Introducing RiNo Yoga Social

RiNo Yoga Social is not your average yoga studio.

RiNo Yoga Social, located in the River North neighborhood of Denver, is a "shared space yoga studio", born from the desire to empower the brilliant yoga teachers in our community to build their own unique businesses, while fostering fun, creative and powerful yoga practices.

This is a space for teachers to materialize their vision - whether that is a weekly mindful vinyasa class, monthly gatherings combining yoga with dance, an inversion workshop, or even a teacher training. We embrace all forms of wellness practices, welcoming not only yoga into the space, but fitness, dance, meditation, hooping, acro and aerial practices as well.

Our mission is to cultivate positive change in the community and hold a space for growth and abundance. 

The building where RYS is located has a lot of history. It constructed to be a church in 1921 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 for it's unique Renaissance architecture. The yoga studio is located in the basement of this building with exposed piping and bricks giving it a very industrial and earthy feel.

To decorate the walls, we had Robin Munro, owner of Colorado Crush graffiti street festival, and his team tag glow in the dark chakra's on the brick walls.

He also created a beautiful Tibetan mural in the back room exposing rolling mountains and enchanting waterfalls and rivers.

The entire studio floor is covered in Zebra Yoga Tiles as well! This flooring is made from recycled materials, and has the perfect amount of give for any style of class. Also making it much more supportive on the muscles and joints. The space is equipped with an excellent sound system and is completely sound proof allowing instructors to play their music without disturbing surrounding businesses. This space is also equipped with yoga mats, blocks, straps, blankets, dressing rooms, and restrooms for everyone's convenience.

Come practice with us! Click here to find out about all the upcoming classes.

For pricing, every instructor creates their own method of payment and packages for their classes. (We don't sell monthly memberships or packages like most yoga studios/gyms)

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GIVEAWAY WITH WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT MICROCREDIT LOANS

GIVEAWAY: WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT MICROCREDIT LOANS

This week’s post is sponsored by Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market nonprofit organization. The Foundation funds microcredit loans to stimulate economies in 68 countries, including the United States. Since 2005, Whole Planet Foundation has given 1.5 million loans to mostly women entrepreneurs. 

***To enter to win a Whole Planet Foundation re-useable bag and their Liberation Soup cookbook, scroll down to the bottom and enter your name info the form***

There are a lot of different organizations that work to alleviate poverty in countries around the world, and Whole Planet Foundation is one of them. 

I’m really excited to share about the work Whole Planet Foundation is doing, which you may have heard about when checking out at Whole Foods Market stores.

Whole Planet Foundation is a nonprofit 501c(3), that raises money through partnerships, individual donations, and the sale of their Liberation Soup cookbook to provide loan capital to microfinance partner companies. These partner companies work on the ground to loan money and provide resources to entrepreneurs to help start and grow businesses. (100% of Whole Planet Foundation’s overhead costs are covered by Whole Foods Market, allowing 100% of donations to go to loans.)

In a world where so many organizations, from the goodness of their hearts, try to fix issues related to poverty by coming in and giving food or clothing away for free, I think it’s good to highlight programs that work to stimulate economies from the ground up. By loaning money to motivated people who lack access to capital, we can foster an environment for people to step into their own power, contribute to society in a meaningful way, and provide for their families in a way that makes them proud.

Whole Planet Foundation’s work, often referred to as ‘microfinance’, is super important because in developing countries it’s very common for people to face huge barriers to obtain even the smallest of loans that would help them get started in growing a business. (If you’re unfamiliar with microfinance, perhaps you’re familiar with Kiva, Kickstarter, Indiegogo or GoFundMe which are also platforms for people to raise money to fund their projects).

To date, Whole Planet Foundation, along with their partners, have supplied 58 million dollars in microloans to over 1.5 million families – 87% of clients are female, with an unprecedented repayment rate of 97%.  For individual stories about the entrepreneurs who they are helping, visit their Who We Support page.  

What’s even cooler is that every dollar re-paid is loaned out again and again, so you’re gift keeps on giving.

And because I love what WPF has to offer – I am thrilled to announce a giveaway! Enter your name in the form below for a chance to win a copy of Liberation Soup and a Whole Planet Foundation re-useable grocery bag.

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No purchase necessary to enter this giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random on December 10th, 2016. Colorado residents 18 and older only. 

If you want to get involved, you can also give online or create a Facebook fundraiser.

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Donation-based Classes to Support Boulder's Give Back Yoga Foundation

This month I'm really happy to be spreading the word about the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a nationally recognized non-profit based out of Boulder. GBYF does great work supporting and funding yoga teachers of all traditions to bring yoga and mindfulness techniques to underserved populations such as veterans, cancer survivors, people in recovery from substance abuse and eating disorders, in addition to people in prison. 

During the entire month of November, studios around the country are hosting donation-based yoga classes to raise money for Give Back Yoga Foundation. In Colorado, please consider attending one of the classes below and supporting this awesome local non-profit. 

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Oprah & Deepak's Free 21-Day Meditation Experience Starts 10/31

If you been meaning to try meditation or are wanting to get back into it, Oprah & Deepak Chopra's 21-Day series is definitely the way to go. 

This next series of theirs is called "Creating Peace From the Inside Out: The Power of Connection". 

For 21 days, you'll get an email with a link to an audio recording that lasts about 15 minutes. I really like it, and think you will too! 

Sign up at https://chopracentermeditation.com/

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This is #WhyIYoga

A few of the reasons I Practice yoga

Create your own #WhyIYoga images to share @ https://www.corepoweryoga.com/whyiyoga

Create your own #WhyIYoga images to share @ https://www.corepoweryoga.com/whyiyoga

Yoga, for me, is an incredible de-stressor. Going to class allows me to leave my worries at the door, relax and breathe.  I'm also routinely inspired by teachers' positive words and stories, a couple of times even to tears. 

Fortunately, I'm not a very stressed out person. But I still love yoga's ability calm my internal chatter and allow me to think more clearly and happily. 

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Yoga is a great full-body workout, in my opinion. In part because local teachers are really good at putting together sequences that address muscles groups throughout your body, including those that don't often get stretched when you run, bike, etc. 

Personally, one of my favorite kinds of yoga is hot yoga, where the room is roughly 95 degrees. Especially hot yoga gives me a really deep sweat. 

Create your own #WhyIYoga with the CorePower Yoga photo tool. If you share to Instagram, tag @unlimitedyoga and #WhyIYoga of course :)

Create your own #WhyIYoga with the CorePower Yoga photo tool. If you share to Instagram, tag @unlimitedyoga and #WhyIYoga of course :)

I've had an incredible time going to all different types of free, donation, donation for a cause, and paid yoga classes in the Denver area. And you can too! We are #blessed to live in a city with a very lively yoga scene that provide a ton of different experiences. 

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Work Exchange Programs for Free & Discounted Yoga in Denver and Boulder

Something that's not always broadcasted at yoga studios is that if you wanted to get more involved and attend more classes at a particular studio for free or at a discounted rate -- it's common for studios to offer work exchange programs. Basically, you would clean or run the front desk for a couple of hours a week in exchange for free yoga or a discounted unlimited pass (the exchange varies studio to studio). It's a really good option for people that face financial challenges but would love to maintain a practice at a certain place. 

A couple of places in Denver / Boulder that I found offer this option are: CorePower Yoga, Yoga Pod, One Yoga Denver, and Denver Bikram Yoga

If you think someone you know would like this option, please pass this on. 

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Shout Out to Mile High on the Cheap

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Shout Out to Mile High on the Cheap

If you are on a budget or just want to save a few dollars, Mile High on the Cheap is a website that you should definitely bookmark. For Denver and Boulder residents, Mile High on the Cheap is arguably the BEST resource for freebies, cheap things to do, and other deals around town. They maintain an impressive list of local deals and other super helpful information to live life large for less in Colorado. 

A few of my favorite pages on Mile High on the Cheap are...

- A weekly list of Free & Cheap Things to do in Denver This Weekend

- A comprehensive list of farmers markets in Denver and Boulder

- Info on all of the free days at the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Garden, local museums and more

Half price and cheap tickets to some of the best events around town, including Rockies games, comedy clubs, and The Yoga Expo. 

If you subscribe to their list, you'll get a summary of the top deals happening that day.  

Definitely check em' out!  

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