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Good Vibrations: The Hanuman Yoga Festival

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | June 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: boulder, colorado, crow pose, handstand, Hanuman, Hanuman Festival, Kathryn Budig, Kia Miller, scorpion pose, slackline, slacklining, Yoga, yoga community, yoga conference, yoga retreat

Hanuman Festival

Morning practice in the Gaiam TV tent. Photo © Jeff Pistana

It’s been a couple of weeks since the  Hanuman Festival, and the afterglow is still radiating. Hanuman is the first yoga conference I’ve ever attended, so I had no idea what to expect. I anticipated feeling part of a larger yoga community and being pushed out of my yogic comfort zone (in a good way). What I actually received was exponentially more than that.

Yoga & Music in the Mountains: Hanuman Festival, June 8-10, 2012

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 15th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back, Green Living, Yoga | tags: Amy Ippoliti, boulder, charity, classes, colorado, community, concerts, Desert Dwellers, DVDs, foothills, good cause, Hanuman Festival, Hindu mythology, instructors, June, Kathryn Budig, Kia Miller, mats, music, Off the Mat and Into the World, props, Rocky Mountains, summer, teachers, The Wellness Initiative, Tommy Rosen, videos, Yoga, yoga festival, yoga gear

Hanuman Yoga Festival

This June, dust off your travel yoga mat and head to beautiful Boulder, Colo., for the second annual Hanuman Festival! More than your typical yoga retreat, Hanuman combines yoga, music and community, all for some great causes.

When: June 8-10, 2012

Where: Boulder, Colorado, near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

The yoga: The all-star instructor lineup includes classes with Kathryn Budig, Tommy Rosen, Kia Miller, Amy Ippoliti and many more.

The music: Enjoy concerts featuring Desert Dwellers, Jim Beckwith, Ashlee K Thomas, David Newman (Durga Das), Vamadeva Jaya, DJ Drez, The Pushpams,  David “Duke Mushroom” Schommer and many more. Artists will perform during select yoga classes as well as at scheduled concerts.

The causes:

  • Off the Mat and Into the World, a program that “uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change.”
  • The Wellness Initiative, which seeks to “improve the physical health, social and emotional development, and academic performance of low-income youth through yoga-based wellness programs.”
  • Give Back Yoga Foundation supports and fund certified yoga teachers in all traditions to offer the teachings of yoga to under-served and under-resourced socio-economic segments of the community.

Gaiam is especially excited for this event because it’s one of the only yoga festivals to take place right in our own backyard — less than eight miles from our Louisville, Colorado headquarters! Gaiam and Gaiam TV will each have booths at the festival, where participants will be able to check out our newest yoga mats, DVDs and other gear, as well as meet some of your favorite yoga instructors who will be stopping by to say hello or help you perfect your poses.

We chatted with Cara Fogel Ferrick, Hanuman’s sales and marketing director, who gave us the scoop on what sets Hanuman apart (and where that name came from!).

Shakti Fest: A Celebration of the Divine Feminine

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Yoga | tags: ayurveda, Bhakti Fest, Bhava Ram, chanting, Cristi Christenson, Divine Feminine, Govindas, Hemalayaa, Joshua Tree, Kia Miller, kirtan, Kristin Olson, Laura Plumb, meditation, Micheline Berry, Peter Guinosso, Radha, Sara Ivanhoe, Saul David Raye, Shakti Fest, Shiva Rea, Tommy Rosen, Yoga

Shiva Rea at Shakti Fest 2011 ©Elena Ray

Shakti Fest is a celebration of life, of creation, of the Divine Feminine that dwells within each one of us. Shakti Fest is a more intimate version of Bhakti Fest, which has been held in September for the past three years. Thousands have come to be part of a rapidly expanding community of people devoted to following the path of the heart through yoga, kirtan and spontaneous expressions of love, joy and well-being!

What Is Kundalini Yoga?

Kia Miller by Kia Miller | January 23rd, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: alignment, breath, breath awareness, breath-work, breathe, energy, energy flow, hatha, hatha yoga, Kia Miller, kriya, kriyas, kundalini, Kundalini Yoga, transformation, Yoga, yoga breathing techniques

Kundalini yogaI often say to students that you cannot stay the same when you practice Kundalini yoga. The very nature of what we do is to awaken the energy of consciousness, to practice in a way that sheds light on our self-imposed limitations, and invites us to think out of the box and develop our intuitive mind. Being able to live from our intuitive mind is one of the main goals of a Kundalini practitioner.

I practice and teach both Hatha and Kundalini yoga. I see my Hatha practice as daily maintenance — a great way to work out kinks in my body, get grounded and calm. My Kundalini practice is a place of transformation.