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 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.
- 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!).
Q. What makes Hanuman Festival special?
A. Hanuman Festival is about bringing the yoga community together to uplift each other and our communities. It doesn’t matter to us what studio you practice at, what style of yoga you practice or who your favorite teacher is.
Q. Where does the name “Hanuman” come from?
A. In the Hindu mythology, Hanuman was a devotee of Rama. When Rama’s brother was injured in a battle, Hanuman leaped over the Himalayas to retrieve a healing herb that only grew on a certain mountaintop. This superhuman act of power and devotion is memorialized in the pose Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose), which challenges you to stretch and reach further than you ever thought possible, both physically and emotionally. That’s what we’re trying to do with this festival.
Q. Why did you choose Boulder, Colo., as the location?
A. Boulder is such a conscious community and already boasts a strong base of devoted yogis and yoginis. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to do Mountain Pose right next to the mountains!
Q. This festival combines yoga and music. What’s the connection between those two things?
A. There is absolutely a connection between yoga and music. Both yoga and music help you raise your vibration and turn inward. Both speak to you at your core and help you through tough times. Both are creative expressions of your unique self. And both make you feel good.
Q. Why do you think that Gaiam and Hanuman Festival are a good fit?
A. Gaiam and Hanuman Festival are a great fit because both are dedicated to healthy, conscious living and both are right here in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We both want to make a positive difference in this world and we both want to make people smile through our efforts.
While you’re in town for the festival, make sure to visit Gaiam Living, our flagship retail store on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall!
Learn more and register at hanumanfestival.com.