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How We Keep Aerial Yogis Safe at Atherial

How We Keep Aerial Yogis Safe at Atherial

Atherial Aerial Yoga

Is this hammock safe? Will it support me?  These are some of the questions we hear at Atherial and we want to assure you that, yes, our setup will definitely support you! Aerial Yoga is safe for yogis of all sizes and this article will explain why we are certain of that.  

1. Our rigging points have been tested and certified for aerial yoga. Before Atherial opened its doors, all of the rigging points on the ceiling were tested and certified by a structural engineer and an architect. Each rigging point was certified to hold up to 950 pounds! You may also notice that our aerial yoga setup is attached at two points – one for each pole of the fabric. Both poles are certified to hold 950 pounds so the aerial yoga setup as a whole can support 1,900 pounds!

2. Our fabric is 40 Denier Polyester Tricot which supports over 2,000 pounds of moving weight.  Plus we use figure 8 knots which are used in many rescue operations. Firefighters use figure 8 knots and so do climbers.  Figure 8 knots are designed in such a way that when you pull on them, they become tighter.

3. Daisy Chains are another part of our rigging set up.  They are the black straps that we hook each carabiner to. You’ll notice that each daisy chain has several loops.  Each loop can hold 3,000 pounds and the overall daisy chain supports 5,000 pounds.  If your daisy chain loop did happen to break open, which is highly unlikely, the next rung on the chain would catch the carabiner and stop the fall – this is also why you’ll never see Atherial staff hang the carabiner on the last loop. We purchase our equipment from Aerial Essentials, the same company that supplies some of the well-known aerial professionals in the industry.

4. Spansets are the black tube that hangs from the rigging point for each of our Dancefly and Sling rigging setups. Spansets are certified to hold even more weight than daisy chains. This extra support allows for more dynamic movement which you may have the opportunity to practice in Atherial’s Sling & DanceFly classes. The spansets are certified to hold up to 5,300 pounds of moving weight.

5. We use a variety of carabiners in our set up.  At Atherial, you’ll see steel auto-lock carabiners which hold up to 5,620 pounds, aluminum carabiners which hold up to 5,395 pounds, and swivels which hold over 8,000 pounds. The swivels are used exclusively for our DanceFly and Sling rigging setups.

6. Atherial also utilizes safety mats and they have a variety of sizes available.  The smaller safely mats are used in Aerial Yoga classes when trying inversions. Atherial also uses large safety mats, the same kind that are used for rock climbing, in Sling and DanceFly classes where you’ll have the chance to get higher off the ground.

7. Despite all of this, injuries can still occur when flyers fall out of their hammock. This is why it’s important to listen to your instructor and watch demonstrations before attempting things on your own. Ask your instructor if you’re confused or want additional help. Our instructors are trained in spotting techniques and can help you get where you want to go.  Always practice within your own limits and don’t push yourself further than you’re ready to go.  Trust with the hammock is developed in time. And when you’re ready to try those new moves, we have a variety of safety mats to support you.

If anything ever did happen, all of our instructors have been trained and certified in providing first aid.

We hope this information gives you the space to find trust in your rigging set up so you can feel safe while practicing at Atherial.  If you ever have questions about your rigging set up or practice, ask your instructor!

About the author: Jen Callahan is a Denver-based yoga instructor.  She teaches aerial yoga and aerial restore classes at Atherial and also serves as the Community Marketing Manager for the studio. Connect with her on Instagram at @jendoesaerial.

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Magnify Your New Year’s Resolution

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Magnify Your New Year’s Resolution

Eating a Plant-based Diet to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

VEEP Denver

Have you considered your resolutions for 2019? Perhaps you wish to bring more awareness and compassion into your daily life. Or maybe you want to improve your health. Perhaps you want to reduce your environmental footprint, world hunger or contribute to world peace. What if you could do them all without a significant investment of time or money?

In addition to your regular yoga practice, following a plant-based, vegan lifestyle can help align your ethics with Ahimsa. Ahimsa is a key virtue of yoga philosophy to do no harm in thought, words or actions. It is a precursor to Asanas, or the physical postures of yoga, implying success in our physical practice can only be achieved upon implementing compassion in our daily living.   

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, following a plant-based, vegan lifestyle has many health benefits and is suitable for all stages of life, including athletes, older adults, pregnant and breastfeeding individuals. Health benefits of vegetarian or vegan diets include achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight, improving modifiable heart disease risk factors, decreasing inflammation markers, reducing risk of type 2 diabetes (and improving glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes), and reducing risk for cancer.

An incredible 18% of greenhouse gas emissions is estimated to come from the production of livestock (vs. 15% from all transportation). Livestock production is also the single largest driver of habitat loss. Producing animal protein requires 18 times the amount of land in comparison to plant-based protein (not to mention the health benefits of plant-based protein). Diets containing less animal products require less water, energy, fertilizer and pesticides. Want an easy way to nurture Mother Nature? Go (and stay) vegan.

Reducing world hunger is a complicated issue. While following a plant-based, vegan lifestyle may not affect it directly, we could theoretically feed another 350 million people if the U.S. population replaced animal products with plant-based alternatives (comparable in calories and protein content). With the world population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, it is imperative we develop ways to increase food production. Growing plant-based foods in place of producing livestock is an effective and inexpensive solution.

How, you ask, does following a vegan lifestyle contribute to world peace? According to Alex Hershaft, founder of Farm Animal Rights Movement and Holocaust survivor, “it’s not about the animals”. It’s about ‘the oppressors’ or the power humans have and what we are capable of doing with it. And it’s not just the perpetrators who are responsible. We take responsibility as bystanders as well. As Hershaft states, “It’s about us. It’s about who we are, how we treat the least defensible, the most oppressed, the weakest in our society. What does it say about us?” It is imperative we treat all living beings with compassion to lay the foundation for peace. Additionally, reducing meat processing plants may directly reduce violence.

So, if you want to have a significant impact this year, try a plant-based, vegan lifestyle. Sure, it takes a little courage, an open-mind and time to acquire a taste for new foods and cruelty-free products, but the rewards are magnificent. Plus, we’re here to help! Come join us at Rino Yoga Social on Tuesday @ Noon (including New Year’s Day!) for a creative, challenging, donation-based workout; friendly community and plant-based expertise to help you navigate a vegan lifestyle.  

This post is sponsored by RiNo Yoga Social as a part of the 2018 Unlimited Yoga Studio Partner Program.

Author: Lorin Harik is the founder of VHEEP (Vegan for Health, Ethics, Environment & Peace). She has a M.S. in Health & Exercise Science with a specialization in Nutrition from CSU along with a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan. She has worked and consulted for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Lorin loves teaching yoga and fitness classes and has been doing it for over 15 years. She has been plant-based for 18 years, including her tenure as a professional dancer and through two pregnancies, and is currently raising two vegan children. She is dedicated to supporting others on their plant-based journeys.



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5 Ways Aerial Yoga Can Lead to Gains in Your Mat Practice

5 Ways Aerial Yoga Can Lead to Gains in Your Mat Practice

If you’re looking for a new way to take your mat practice to the next level, consider aerial yoga. Aerial yoga gives you the space needed to challenge balance and strength in a new way.  The fabric is used as a prop, just like a strap or block, and will help you gain the skills needed to make progress on your yogic journey.  Read on for five ways aerial yoga can lead to gains in your mat practice.

5. Gain Confidence in Your Own Ability

One of the first things you’ll learn in an Aerial Basics class are the various locks which keep you safe and secure in your hammock.  Even with this new knowledge, it will still take time until you feel comfortable in the fabric and begin to trust your new skills. Many new students are amazed at their ability to get into a pose for the first time and it’s always a great moment to see people go from “I could never do that” to “I can’t believe I’m doing it!”  This newfound trust and confidence in your own abilities carries over to the mat practice, too.  Soon you’ll have the confidence to attempt (and nail!l) difficult poses, like Scale or Bird of Paradise.

4. Improved Balance

Aerial yoga is a major balance challenge. Tree pose, for example, can be done standing entirely in the hammock. While you’re completely secure in your locks, the hammock still moves around and can throw you off center.  This will challenge your balance in new ways. As you become more stable in moving, aerial variations of poses, you’ll notice greater stability in the mat version, too.

3. Gain Strength for Better Chaturangas

During an aerial yoga class, you’ll use the fabric to explore different variations of exercises like fabric-assisted pull-ups and planks.  Other aerial movements will require you to pull yourself up to get into the full expression of the pose.  All of this work will challenge your muscles in a new way and help you to become stronger overall.  After a few aerial yoga classes, you’ll notice mat postures like downward-facing dog and chataranga are easier to maintain.

2. Difficult Poses are More Accessible

Handstand, Scorpion, and Standing Splits are all difficult postures that become more accessible in aerial yoga. All of these poses are done with the hammock secured around the waist and legs.  Through this secure lock, you are able to enter the pose with the knowledge that the hammock will catch you and stop you from falling in all directions.  By practicing the postures in this way, you are able to build the foundation needed to nail the pose on your mat.

1. Reminds You Not to Take Yourself Too Seriously

Aerial yoga classes carry a different vibe then mat yoga classes. In a mat class, the room is laser-focused on the flow and yogis rarely make a sound outside of the Ujayi breath. This isn’t the case in an aerial yoga class where sounds include cheering (as other students support your efforts to get into a challenging pose for the first time) and giggling (as you find joy in movements you probably haven’t done since you were a kid).  We can bring this lighter energy back to our mat to remind ourselves that it’s ok if we aren’t where we want to be today.  Each day is different and we improve our lives and our practice when we remember to honor where we are in each moment.

 If you want to try aerial yoga and live in the Denver area, try out Unlimited Yoga partner, Atherial Fitness! Their supportive community and amazing instructors earned them the Best Place to Learn to Fly award from Westword this year. As an added bonus, all Unlimited Yoga subscribers get $12 classes at Atherial (40% off!). Use the code “UYFALL2018” when you sign up for class to get your discount. 

About the author: Jen Callahan is a Denver-based yoga instructor, Marketing Manager for Atherial Fitness, and aerial aficionada.  She currently teaches yoga to climbers at the Denver Bouldering Club and will soon be certified to teach aerial yoga. Connect with her on Instagram at @jendoesaerial

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How Yoga Helps Us Relax (And Why We Need To)

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How Yoga Helps Us Relax (And Why We Need To)

How Yoga Helps Us Relax (And Why We Need To)

Authored by: Annie Martens, Teacher at RiNo Yoga Social and Owner of Cosmic Kundalini 

RiNo Yoga Social

Whether you’re new to yoga or not, you’re probably familiar with that blissful state of peace after a deep practice. Why is that? And how is it that we often lose that relaxed feeling within hours, or for some, even minutes? Read on to discover what it is about yoga that actually makes us so relaxed, and why it is terribly important to be relaxed.

 Part of the basic truth of why we feel so darned relaxed after yoga practice is that the space and time it sets up for us allows us the freedom to rest. In a society heavily dominated by the need to “get more done,” work harder, make more money, get more followers, subscribers, clients, whatever — there is rarely a moment to rest just for the sake of relaxation. Rather, we reward ourselves with time to rest only after we accomplish said tasks. Haven’t you ever said something like, “if I can just get the last two things on my to-do-list done, then I can relax!” Oddly, in the name of relaxation, our life becomes about doing more. (1) In a yoga or meditation practice, the mind is stimulated in a way where it is allowed and advised to focus on only one thing — the breath or  bodily sensations — and suddenly all of that other mind-stuff gets to sit on the back burner.

When that happens, the brain changes. We can look at sleep as an example, because sleep is perhaps the most relaxed state you ever enter on a regular basis. During the deeper states of sleep, the brain enters what is called the Theta (deep) or Delta (deepest) brainwave state. In these states, the brainwaves rest somewhere in between 7 and 0.5 cycles per minute. That is extremely slow compared to the cycles in normal waking life, the state you are likely in right now, where Beta brainwaves can reach 100 cycles per minute. Unlike Beta, the slower states allow the body a chance to restore. It releases human growth hormones that maintain healthy metabolism and reduces cortisol levels, a stress-inducing chemical that accelerates the aging process. (Stay away!)

Can you imagine what it would be like if we didnt enter these slow, deep brainwaves states that occur during sleep?! Life would be so stressful, we’d be tired all the time, and don’t even get me started on insomnia. We absolutely need to enter these slower brainwave states that are vital to our ability to relax, heal, rejuvenate, and some even say to experience empathy and compassion. (1)

But what about when we are not asleep? In a meditative yoga practice like yoga nidra, seated meditation, or a very mindful asana sequence, the brainwaves can slow down enough to reach Alpha, (8-12 cycles), or perhaps even Theta (4-7 cycles), allowing the body to restore in similar ways that it does in sleep. And ta-da! You leave feeling AH-MAZING! You just gave your whole body a beautiful gift, the chance to do what it is designed to do — to take care of itself, something it certainly cannot do when it is put under stress or is sleep deprived.

And the scary thing is, the less time we spend in a relaxed state, the harder it is for us to enter it. This relates to what we call in yoga philosophy samskaras — or deeply engrained habit patterns. Unhelpful samskaras (tendencies) are difficult to dissolve, but it can be done. The good news is, helpful samskaras become just as engrained, and once part of your regular lifestyle, they are easy to maintain. For example, the more time you spend meditating, the easier it is to do again. The more time you spend in a relaxed state, the easier it is to maintain even in a stressful situation. It is possible to stay calm and at ease in a high-energy, fast paced world. All it takes is practice and the ability to recognize just how important it is for your health.

Yoga is not just about flexibility or having a fit body, it is about your ability to experience the external world with a calm, relaxed internal state of mind. The more we engage in yoga practices that slow down the brainwaves, the more easily we are able to enter a deeply relaxed state of mind at any time! Not just in a yoga-setting… So, do you want to live a healthy and happy life? Then you better relax, my yogi loves.

1. Desai, Kamini. Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep. Lotus Press, 2017.

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FitLo Passport Class: RiNo Yoga Social with Unlimited Yoga

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We excited to announce that Unlimited Yoga in collaboration with RiNo Yoga Social will be featured on FitLo Denver's Passport program on October 26th at 5:30 p.m.

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Join us for a 60-minute vinyasa flow class in one of the coolest spots to practice yoga in Denver: RiNo Yoga Social, a shared yoga space where independent teachers can create their own classes and build a business. Every yoga class is innovational, inspirited and created by the yoga teacher's desire to share their journey. 

The October 26th Passport class will be co-taught by RiNo Yoga Instructor, Aly Ballow, and founder of Unlimited Yoga, Lynn Koves. 

The cost: FREE to FitLo Passport members, and $10 for non-FitLo members. 

So what is FitLo, you might ask? 

FitLo Denver, founded by Tricia Olson, is the lowdown on where to get fit in Denver, complete with gym and yoga studio reviews, an ever changing calendar of events, and most recently - the FitLo Passport program.  FitLo is all about sharing the authentic experience of the local Denver fitness and yoga community to help people find their home fitness studio or gym.

FitLo's Passport program takes members on a tour of the best gyms, yoga studios, and fitness events around town to assist in the process. For $30 for 3 months, or $52.80 for 6 months, Passport offers members VIP access to two guaranteed classes per month, a buddy pass, plus other discounts to local fitness events.  

If you are uninspired by your current workout routine, interested in trying new places but haven't taken the leap, or are new to the Denver area and looking to connect with new people through a healthful activity, FitLo Denver's Passport program may be for you!

Get in an awesome workout, try something new, and join a welcome community of  like-minded health conscious individuals.

FitLo Founder, Tricia Olson and the FitLo AmBADASSadors will be joining so you don’t have to go to the party alone. Of course your friends are welcome to join, too! 

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Experiencing ARISE Festival in Loveland, Colorado

Experiencing ARISE Festival in Loveland, Colorado

ARISE Festival 2017

Big thank you to ARISE Festival for the awesome August weekend. It was our first ARISE, and we were sorely impressed by the organization, thought provoking content, eco-activism, yoga experiences, musicians, local vendors, food options, and more. 

Here are just a few of our favorite parts of ARISE Festival: 

- Not usually campers, we were pleasantly surprised how easy it was to pull everything we needed together for the weekend. When we didn't have all the gear, a friend loaned us her tent, and we found Outdoors Geek in Denver to rent us the rest of what we needed at an affordable price. When we arrived at Sunrise Ranch in the dark, we were so relieved to set up our tent under a light. (phewww.) 

- Waking up to beautiful Colorado scenery never gets old. Sunrise Ranch is nestled in Loveland, CO with naturally expansive views of the landscape, including a nearby lake. Walking around the campgrounds before sunrise yoga, we enjoyed our morning coffee and checking out people's camp set ups and festival gear, the Acro yoga tent, Wisdom Village, and observing other festival art we came across. 

- Sunrise yoga with headliner Shiva Rea included some free form movement for self-expression, and finished with a dance party. Not your typical yoga class, but we still got in all the pranayama (breath) we needed and even a hug with a couple of neighbors. 

- The art installations placed around the campground and festival space reminded us of pictures from Burning Man. With ARISE's mission as a leave-no-trace event, some of the art focused on sustainability and things like recycling - which we love. Our favorite > "Your small actions add up to big change. For better or worse." #Truth 

- Last but not at all least, we value and honor ARISE's focus on eco-activism, the notion of living and staying AWAKE, and conversation to better understand one another and spread ideas. On Saturday we partook in a group discussion with the Permaculture Action Network about sustainable farming and regenerative systems. And at night we attended a panel discussion about the Resistance Movement, highlighting the types of action we can take in our own communities to create positive change. (Show up. Vote with your dollars. Support the marginalized.)

We can't wait to see what next year has in store. Thank you ARISE Festival for the great time! We'll for sure be back.

This post is sponsored by ARISE Festival. However, all opinions are authentically our own. Namaste.

 

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Yoga on the Rocks - An Iconic Colorado Yoga Experience

Yoga on the Rocks 2017

As always, Yoga on the Rocks this season did not disappoint. 

If you've never been, it's a gorgeous start to the day at one of Colorado's treasures - Red Rocks Amphitheater. The natural surroundings of Red Rocks, and the view of the Front Range from Morrison will give you a perma-smile, I guarantee it. (Tickets go on sale each Spring and sell out quickly as a heads up for next year) 

Typically a 45-minute class, Yoga on the Rocks is also known for their awesome freebies and goodies, as well as inspiration from some of Denver's best yoga instructors. This year CorePower Yoga gave away sunglasses, and participants also got bottles of Propel water, Lara Bars, Silk yogurt and Caribou Coffee samples.

The finale class for the 2017 season was co-taught by two of CorePower's finest teachers - Sara Palecki and Melissa Schacht.

With the theme of #SummerWarrior, they beautifully weaved in empowering statements about living with a warrior mindset. How the heart of a warrior is brave and courageous in the face of fear, but at the same time accepts that you can't win every battle. However, "you are more powerful than you know." 

The class was tied together with a quote by Marianne Williamson - "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." 

Until next year Yoga on the Rocks! (In the mean time I'll continue to hike your terrain and climb your stairs.) 

Big thank you to CorePower Yoga for tickets to the season finale of Yoga on the Rocks. 

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Unlimited Yoga Teacher Spotlight: Emily Tella

CoAsana Yoga At Sloans Lake

Emily is an up-and-coming yoga instructor in the Denver area. Emily, along with three other teachers co-founded CO Asana Yoga Collective, a group of certified Vinyasa yoga teachers who joined together in pursuit of a common goal: to create a cOMmUNITY where yogis of any stage can practice their art of expression, and to offer a welcoming environment for those looking to try yoga for the first time. They bring innovative and accessible yoga to Denver via donation based classes held throughout the city.

Emily taught YOGA + PLANTS: Saving the Bees - Pollinator Plant Project class with Unlimited Yoga in the Summer of 2017.  Her classes are also frequently included on Unlimited Yoga Denver's page for free & donation-based yoga in the Denver area. 

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

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

ET: I completed a 200 hour intensive Yoga Teacher Training program at Kindness under the amazing guidance of Ginny Biddle, Lindsay Gonzalez and Elle Beau. I had been feeling restless in my routine and was desperate to do something more empowering. Kindness became my home studio when I moved to Denver almost three years ago and I knew some friends who loved the YTT program. I met Ginny before one of her classes in the South Broadway studio and asked her a million questions. After class I asked her to put me on the list and resigned from my full time job the next morning. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

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

ET: Teaching yoga is the best way to deepen my personal practice. By communicating poses to others, it helps me understand them better myself. Yoga is so special because it’s an incredibly personal practice surrounded by an aggressively supportive community. My goal as a teacher is to showcase those benefits to those who may not be comfortable enough to visit a traditional studio, so my friends and I founded CO Asana Yoga to give ourselves opportunities to practice teaching classes in spaces like schools, apartment buildings and city parks. We began almost a year ago and haven’t stopped since!

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

ET: Vinyasa and Align & Flow

UY: Where can people find you? 

ET: Sloan’s Lake Yoga classes are every Sunday morning (8:30 & 10 AM) and Wednesday evening (6 PM) through the end of September. Find out more at coasanayoga.com/schedule/

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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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Introducing RiNo Yoga Social

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Introducing RiNo Yoga Social

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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This is #WhyIYoga with CorePower Yoga

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 other yoga events and 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

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One way to get involved with yoga studios on a part-time basis, and also earn free or discounted yoga classes, is to help out studios with what is commonly referred to as a karma yoga program.  

Karma Yoga is known as the path of 'action',  or the path of 'self-less service'. According to The Art of Living, it is also "of putting in 100 percent effort, without being attached to the outcome. " 

Most often, karma yogis help out with front desk activities or help clean the studio for a couple of hours a week or month in exchange for the ability to participate in studio offerings. 

It is a really good option for people that face financial challenges, that would love to maintain a practice at a certain place. 

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

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