The River http://weseektheriver.com Power Vinyasa Yoga Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:37:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Yoga on the Rocks Spotlight: Samy Mattei, June 24th, 2017 http://weseektheriver.com/2017/06/23/yotr_samymattei/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:37:13 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=7227

Tell us what led you to The River.

I believe in the euphoric, synchronistic, and beautiful parts of life… because the universe matches that magic. In summer of 2013, I’d completed my 200hr yoga teacher training, yet entirely unsure how I’d possibly turn this newfound passion into a reality. But I made a commitment to myself to put a seed of intention out into the universe, telling as many people as I could that I wanted to teach yoga – specifically working with students with disabilities. Not having any bites or nudges, I decided to throw my sails to the wind and go to Wanderlust Festival by myself. It was a challenging, inspiring, opening weekend and it was coming to an end. The final class wasn’t short of tears, singing and smiles. When I stood to roll up my mat, I recognized an advisor from my university (and the now-owner of The River). She asked me what I was up to, so I told her. She smiled a knowing smile and said, “It’s funny how things shake out. You are exactly who we’re looking for.” And there you have it. What I was trying to give, they were ready to receive. The rest is history. The River is my hOMe and has the biggest place in my heart and has forever changed me.

In your opinion, what does “you are beautiful” mean and what is it’s significance at The River?

“You are beautiful” means not only self-acceptance, but in fact, radical self-love. To be honest, I’ve struggled a lifetime navigating a deeper understanding of internal beauty. Yoga has really helped me discover that beauty and wellness comes from the inside-out, and not the other way around. At The River, people come from all walks of life. We joke about being the “yoga misfits” sometimes, but really, we all “fit” just right because everyone has a hOMe here. To be exactly as and who we’re meant to be, look, do, feel… The River holds space for so many different people, beautiful in our own ways – and I think through that sort of sense of inclusion, community, connection and cherishing of idiosyncrasies, characters and anomalies… that’s actually what makes us realize our oneness. That we are all connected because of who we are in this moment. And that is beautiful.

How will the “you are beautiful” theme this year come through in your class?

The theme “You are beautiful” is going to shine-through in my class this summer through connection. To oneself, yes, but also to each other. Because we should celebrate what makes us unique as individuals, and beautiful in our differences, strengths, and capable bodies… but also in our common threads (sutras) that bind us as human beings. At the end of the day, we are all seeking health, happiness and wholeness. What do I mean by connection, you ask? You’ll just have to come play to find out for yourself 🙂

What have you done to prepare for taking the stage in front of 2,500 yogis this June?

Yikes! What an intimidating and exhilarating question! I’ve planned a sequence and run it through by myself, as well as with friends. I’ve sat down with mentors like Christen Bakken and Jacki Carr to look at how I can stand in presence, confidence, connection, and celebration with my message and my teaching. I have confided in friends about my fears and insecurities – like… how do I recover if I fart on stage?! 😉 You know… the normal human quandaries when you’re living a BHAG (“big, hairy, audacious goal” – prop-tarts to Sara Rice with Lulu Lemon for that acronym). And I am hosting a yoga-music-snack-dance party in the next few weeks with our DJ Japadapa and yoga stage demonstrators to connect and collaborate and see where we may be able to spice things up, slow things down, saturate the experience with the good stuff… I am so excited about that! Beyond the planning, I’ve invited friends and family and am so deeply honored that so many people I care about are showing up to support, but mostly I’m just excited for everyone to be a part of an epic experience, at one of the most beautiful places on earth, participating in one of the most magical practices I’ve come to learn and love so deeply… this experience is so much bigger than myself. And at the end of the day, I think it’s just a matter of getting up on that stage, taking a deep breath, and reminding myself that I am here for a reason. That my teaching is only a conduit to something bigger than myself. And heck, it’s just supposed to be fun 🙂 so by golly, that’s just what I’m gonna DO!

What are you most excited about of the YOTR experience?

Seeing people give the “Yogi’s Choice” of what I like to call, “The Triple H”… meeting a neighbor and offering a handshake, high-five or (my personal favorite) big ol’ hug!

If people want to come see you at The River, what can they expect?

If people want to come see me at The River, you can find me nearly every day, in a myriad of class formats. I teach beginners (River Basics), All-Levels Power Vinyasa, Align & Burn (yoga with weights), Adaptive Yoga (for people with disabilities, injuries, or who want a slower/grounding practice), Children’s Yoga & Teacher Trainings… you want it, I want to teach YOU! In my classes, I’m on a mission to stir souls, spread smiles, and start dance-parties. I’m a hug and high-five enthusiast and I hope when you come to my class, you feel welcomed, supported, happy and balanced by the end of class. Although I’ve never been able to personally “take” my own class, rumor has it, I kick your butt… but leave you with a big smile 🙂

Practice with Samy!

Mondays @ 5:30pm | Power Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesdays @ 2pm | Power Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesdays @ 4pm | Yoga Cross (Collaboration class with our neighbors Fitness in the City)

Tuesdays @ 6pm | Align & Burn (Yoga with Weights)

Wednesdays @ 12pm | Power Vinyasa Yoga

Thursdays @ 6pm | Align & Burn (Yoga with Weights)

Thursdays @ 7:15pm | Yoga Basics

Pre-register for classes here.

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Yoga on the Rocks Spotlight: Joy Wegs, June 17th, 2017 http://weseektheriver.com/2017/06/16/yoga-on-the-rocks_joy-wegs/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:33:03 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=7229

Tell us what led you to The River.

It was the mom in me that found The River. Not even a whole month after the River had opened, I had heard they offered Kid Yoga Classes at the same time as All-Level Classes. So we went. Diligently. Every Wednesday. Myself and my boys. The River became a part of me, my hOMe away from home. A place for my tribe to be honored and recognized.

In your opinion, what does “you are beautiful” mean and what is it’s significance at The River?

To me, “you are beautiful” has so many layers. When I say these three powerful words or think these three powerful words about someone, I am recognizing, and honoring their unique vulnerability and courage to be (or most likely become) exactly and uniquely who they are. We are all truly beautiful and the gift lies in learning how to truly see that. I am beautiful. You are beautiful. We are beautiful.

At The River, we want everyone to feel welcomed and everyone to be able to get courageous, tap into their vulnerabilities and blossom. What I see in me is reflected in you. What I see in you is a reflection of me. How wonderfully freeing it is to begin to understand who we each are. Finding the ability to really land in our own beings and find hOMe.

How will the “you are beautiful” theme this year come through in your class?

This will happen naturally and on it’s own, without a script as each soul lands in the present moment, connected by breath, guided by movement and graced by Mother Nature surrounding us. Together, we will each allow the vast blue sky to embrace us, accept the support of the earth below us and blossom into our own “you are beautiful.”

What have you done to prepare for taking the stage in front of 2,500 yogis this June?

Not a day goes by that I don’t take a deep breath, place my hands over my heart and close my eyes in gratitude for this opportunity. Gratitude is how I prepare. You are not there for me. Instead we are all there for us, the collective us. The collective us that hears the calling and is willing to rise up.

What are you most excited about of the YOTR experience?

I am most excited about seeing 2,500 yogi’s take their own variation of Crow (bakasana pose) and making the ever-so-lovely “CAW-CAAW” sound!

If people want to come see you at The River, what can they expect?

Oh boy – you can expect me, the whole me. My perfectly imperfect self that deeply wants you to LOVE being who YOU are. You can expect an invitation for you to rise to your highest self. You can expect that I will (with a smile) invite you to get out of your own way and G R O W.

Practice with Joy!

Sundays at 10am | Power Vinyasa

Mondays at 5:30pm | Inversions Conditioning

Pre-register for classes here.

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Yoga on the Rocks Spotlight: Kady Lafferty, June 10th, 2017 http://weseektheriver.com/2017/06/08/yotr-kadylafferty/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:56:02 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=7226

Tell us what led you to The River.

The River was the very first studio I ever practiced yoga at. Prior to me coming to The River, I had assumed I was not the right type of person that fit the mold of a “yogi.” I didn’t think I was skinny enough, flexible enough and/or whatever else I told myself a true yogi is. My roommate at the time asked me over and over to go to yoga with her and eventually I caved. After the first class I went to, I was completely hooked! From then on out I had a regular yoga practice and The River was my hOMe away from home. Now, fast forward a few years, I teach yoga and I am Assistant Manager of The River…. so…. I guess I am a “yoga person” 😊

In your opinion, what does “you are beautiful” mean and what is it’s significance at The River?

What “you are beautiful” means to me, especially in context of The River, is starting to see the beauty in yourself that everyone else already sees. I think it’s so easy for us to love other people and then when we start to look inward we can be critical and hateful. It was through my yoga practice at The River that I started to learn how to truly find beauty in myself: my body and my thoughts.

How will the “you are beautiful” theme this year come through in your class?

I am so excited to speak to this theme. For me, finding beauty in myself through yoga has come through being more aware of the thoughts that are going on in the back of my mind at all times. At Yoga on the Rocks I’m going to speak to ‘svadhyaya’, or self study. I hope people in attendance notice when their brain takes them to places that aren’t beneficial and instead can come back to the beauty that is around them and the beauty that I see in them all.

What have you done to prepare for taking the stage in front of 2,500 yogis this June?

That is a really great question… I’ve practiced theming and I have written a sequence that I’ve practiced a few times, without overdoing it. Other than that, I’m going to B R E A T H E, try to focus on a steady foundation and channel a little help from the universe.

What are you most excited about of the YOTR experience?

I think I’m most excited for the energy that that magical place creates. It’s so easy to feed off of the energy in a full yoga room… I can’t wait to feel all of the positive vibes this Saturday at Red Rocks!

If people want to come see you at The River, what can they expect?

I’m pretty much around The River all the time, but if you’re coming to one of my classes you’ll likely laugh, sweat and have some fun!

Practice with Kady!

Tuesdays @ 7pm | Power Vinyasa Yoga

Thursdays @ 9am | Power Vinyasa Yoga

Fridays @ 4pm | Power Vinyasa Yoga

Pre-register for classes here.

And Sundays at 9am and 10:30am The Walnut Room through her Big Booty Yoga brand! Learn more and see upcoming events here. 

Kady is the assistant studio manager at The River and founder of Big Booty Yoga in Denver. Kady was recently featured in 303 Magazine. Read more here.

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Yoga on the Rocks Spotlight: Katy Rowe, June 3rd, 2017 http://weseektheriver.com/2017/06/02/yotr-katyrowe/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 03:16:39 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=7027

Tell us what led you to The River.

I sincerely believe that The River chose me. I had just made a major life change and had left a lot of burned bridges behind me. I serendipitously met the original owner, toured the space while it was still being created and ended up teaching the first public class. Over the past 5 years my old role has continued to expand and this place is my dream job and family.

In your opinion, what does “you are beautiful” mean and what is it’s significance at The River?

“You are beautiful” means that we are all miracles that are connected and to be celebrated right here, right now. The River embodies that yoga is truly for everybody and that we are all the same.

How will the “you are beautiful” theme this year come through in your class?

I hope to remind yogis that beauty is already in their bodies and hearts. We just need to wake up a own it.

What have you done to prepare for taking the stage in front of 2,500 yogis this June?

The River/Yoga on the Rocks teachers are members of the management team and together, we have worked together with several teachers to prepare. We met with sequencing coach, Christen Bakken and legacy leader, Jackie Carr to define and refine the best way to share The River culture and invite everyone at Red Rocks into the heart of our vision.

What are you most excited about of the YOTR experience?

I am most excited to share the gift of yoga at one of the most scared places in Colorado. Yoga and nature are the two things that remind me that we are part of something so much bigger.

If people want to come see you at The River, what can they expect?

Through my teaching I hope to hold a space for people to have their own unique relationship with yoga. I aim to bring a little grit and truth to embracing the light and shadow side, while always remembering to laugh out loud.

Practice with Katy!

Wednesdays at 5:30pm | Power Vinyasa

Thursdays at 4pm | Yoga Cross

Thursdays at 7pm | Power Vinyasa

Fridays at 12pm | Power Vinyasa

Pre-register for classes here.

Katy is the studio manager at The River and a co-lead of the 200 hour teaching training program. A new program begins this summer! See more details here and join us for an information session to learn more.

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December Student of the Month http://weseektheriver.com/2016/12/07/december-student-of-the-month-2/ Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:40:30 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=6813 josh-pic

Joshua G.

What is your profession and what do you love most about it?

I am a contract negotiator for The Department of Veterans Affairs, I love the dynamic quality that my career provides me. No two days are the same and I am constantly learning and analyzing both data and personalities in order to successfully complete our mission, which is to serve our countries veterans. I negotiate regional contracts for our department and am very grateful for the position I have.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Favorite pose is a tie between tree pose and warrior three. I enjoy being challenged and these poses 100% challenge me! I have always struggled with balancing poses, and look to improve where I am weak. The adrenaline rush of feeling comfortable in a pose that was once unthinkable is very encouraging and a motivational tool I have used throughout my yoga practice and life in general. I try to confront my challenges in order to grow.

What is “Your Yoga Story”?

I began practicing four years ago when I started dating my now fiancé, Lisa. At first it was a way to spend time with her but it has turned into an activity I cannot imagine going without. I began coming to The River in May of this year, after receiving a job offer from the Department of Veterans Affairs. My fiancé and I moved to Denver from West Los Angeles, and were extremely excited to experience Colorado. I immediately felt comfortable at The River. The professionalism and warmth of The River made me stay. There is a familiar and comfortable atmosphere that The River has engrained in their culture that made me choose this studio.

What do you love about the River that makes it hOMe?

The River is unlike any studio I have been to.  The staff is friendly and inviting. I enjoy the various classes that are offered, especially meditation and advanced flow. Joy does an exceptional job leading advanced flow, which truly showcases the community of The River. Especially, the 60’s-90-‘s playlists. The classes are so challenging and playful.  I also enjoy seeing the various artworks that are featured in the lobby.

What is one thing that makes you unique?

Challenging myself, this may not be unique but it is one of my goals as a person. I am constantly looking to push my self both professionally and personally.  If I am not seeking a challenge then I am not progressing. Analyzing and processing new problems and situations is a continuous goal I hope to achieve.  Namaste…. J

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October Featured Artist – Tim Bachman http://weseektheriver.com/2016/10/10/october-featured-artist-tim-bachman/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:17:03 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=6753 fullsizerender-1Tim Bachman

I am a local native born and raised here in Colorado. I am currently pursuing my bachelors of science in industrial design.

I have always been creative since before I could remember, always drawing making sound effects, while just fascinated with fantasy and odd worlds. I started painting about 6 years ago on a whim after neglecting my creativity for years. I learned all my techniques from Bob Ross, and gained a huge inspiration from Salvador Dali, between the two of them I bring a surrealistic approach to my art. Although I dabble in the abstract world, my passion is in the Scenic imagery, with a dash of surrealism.

Contact: Timothybachman@yahoo.com

 

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October Students of the Month: Lydia, Dena, and Kian! http://weseektheriver.com/2016/10/04/october-students-of-the-month-lydia-dena-and-kian/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:17:55 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=6734 October Student of the Month

Lydia, Dena, and Kian!

What is your profession and what do you love most about it?

Lydia: I run a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to people in cancer treatment – Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation. I love being a part of providing relief to people who are struggling.

Dena: I teach Social Justice Studies for 4th – 8th grade, and I am the Diversity Coordinator at my school. I love talking about the issues of the world with children and listening to the brilliant solutions they have for them.

 

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Lydia: I love airplane because I get to imagine that I’m flying.

Dena: I love chair pose because it’s the only hard pose I am somewhat good at.

 

What is “Your Yoga Story”?

Lydia: After practicing on and off at various studios, I joined the River right after it opened – I remember coming to classes with only 2 or 3 people in them in the early days!  After giving birth I was so excited to get back to the River, but I was also struggling with the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis. The teachers at the River were so helpful and supportive in my post partum recovery and making adjustments for RA. The process has been a great reminder that yoga is a lifelong journey, and can be a huge asset in navigating the unexpected.

Dena: I began practicing 15 years ago at Jivamukti studio in NYC when I worked there. I have been doing it off and on since then (mostly off), but in December I took a few River classes after having taken a few a couple years prior, and everything just finally clicked. I am happy to say that I am dedicated to practicing for as long as I can.

 

What do you love about the River that makes it hOMe?

Lydia: CHILDCARE. I love that my whole family has found a hOME here at the River.

Dena: I love the teachers and all the people who work here. It feels like hOMe to me because it’s hot and humid and that reminds me of NYC.

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September Teacher Feature- Paige Butkus http://weseektheriver.com/2016/09/14/september-teacher-feature-paige-butkus/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:05:37 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=6694 200 hr Power Vinyasa Yoga – CPY in 2007

BA in Human Nutrition | Minor in Holistic Health

Five Words to Describe Paige’s Teaching Style:

  • Lighthearted
  • Unexpected
  • Energetic
  • Fluid
  • Empowering

“When I got out of the U.S. Army in 2005 and then moved to Colorado in 2006, I was on a quest to improve myself from the inside out. I enrolled in a wellness program that included nutrition, yoga, and kick boxing. I instantly fell in love with yoga and signed up for a yoga teacher training. I finished my training in 2007 and I still find so much inspiration through my yoga practice and teaching.”

What is your favorite yoga pose? Why?

I love so many poses, but you can’t go wrong with downward facing dog. When I do not have much time to practice I love holding down dog because it lengthens my spine, aligns my chakras, opens up the back of my legs, and is an inversion.

What is your favorite song/band right now?

I love any music that makes me dance especially EDM. Right now I love “Don’t Let Me Down” by the Chainsmokers and Daya.

Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled?

Jamaica was amazing! The energy of the people changed my soul.

What do you like to do for fun (when you’re not on your mat)?

I love cooking! I will be cooking for the River retreat coming up September 30th!

What would you do if you could not fail?

I would open my own yoga studio that has a vegetarian cafe attached which serves food I grow in a greenhouse and locally source.

Be sure to check out Paige’s classes on Wednesdays 8:15p, Fridays 9a, & Saturdays 12p.

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September Student of the Month – Nick W. http://weseektheriver.com/2016/08/29/september-student-of-the-month-2/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:13:19 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=6517 Nick W.

What is your profession and what do you love most about it?

I am the General Manager at Automotive Imports, which is an independent auto dealership that specializes European luxury brands.  We have both sales and service and source cars from all over the country to bring into Denver to be sold or leased. Aside from getting to work with some of the coolest cars on the planet, I love it because I run the company with together with my childhood best friend and we make it a point to always maintain a fun and relaxed, yet energetic atmosphere.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Most of the time I enjoy the challenge of a headstand; however, on Mondays it seems as thought my favorite pose is child’s pose.  I just recently added headstand to my abilities and am really excited about it because the its something that I have always struggled with.  One thing I love about yoga is that it is an ever evolving practice, so I doubt if this hold for long, but for now thats my jam!
What is “Your Yoga Story”

I have longtime been a distance runner. A few years back I was traveling to the east coast a lot for work and the sub zero winter mornings weren’t exactly prime conditions for the morning run.  I needed something that would allow me to get a workout in at anytime, and anywhere so my wife, Allyn, turned me on to Yoga Download and it all began from there.   It wasn’t long before I was hooked! I found yoga had the ability to create a zen like state similar to that achieved during long runs.  Allyn started practicing at The River in 2015, and soon there after, I followed suit. Practicing at The River really allowed me to experience and understand yoga on deeper level than any video could ever provide, and ultimately,  that is what has brought me back over and over again.

What do you love about the River that makes it hOMe?

You can usually find me at the river at least four out of the seven days of every week and I must say,while every day is a blessing,  those four are usually better than the other three. 😉

What is one thing that makes you UNIQUE?

I am an absolute electronic music nerd!  A great deal of my free time is spent searching for new tunes or in my home studio tinkering with synthesizers and drum machines while attempting to make music of my own.

 

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August Artist of the Month http://weseektheriver.com/2016/08/17/august-artist-of-the-month/ Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:06:56 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=6409 Alex DeBenedictis

Alex is a 5 foot 2 inch, 23 year-old powerhouse of a woman. Being born and raised in this beautiful state Colorado, she has had the opportunity to study art and be a part of such a great art community. She currently studies at Metro State University of Denver working towards a Bachelor of the Fine Arts with a concentration in Drawing, and a further degree in Art Therapy. Alex wants to help people, and give people a space to be creative and feel free. That is what art is about, the opportunity to grow within yourself and feel relief. Most of her other work is very feminine, and I myself am a feminist, not the throw your burning bra in the street kind of feminist, but the one that believes women are just as capable of doing anything, and deserve equality in every aspect. She also does work that is very vivid in color, detail, and design.

These dream catchers are some of my favorite and most inspiring series. I have been working on these for over a year; each one of them means something different and is made uniquely from the one next to it. A few other things about myself, I love music and the way that is brings people together. I love my boyfriend and my dog, who have always stayed by my side, and stayed many last nights up with me while I work on my dream.

@alyaldebenedictis

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