The River http://weseektheriver.com Power Vinyasa Yoga Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:03:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 300 Hour Alumni Feature: Cam Boman Talks with Alaina Isbouts About his Yoga Practice and his Focus on Baptiste Yoga http://weseektheriver.com/2018/02/21/300-hour-alumni-feature-cam-boman-talks-with-alaina-isbouts-about-his-yoga-practice-and-his-focus-on-baptiste-yoga/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:55 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=7759 Ahead of our next 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training, we’re catching up with some of our previous graduates to hear how completing the training has advanced their careers, deepened their practices, and led their lives in new directions. As part of their training, each student completes a research project on a subject of interest relating to yoga.Here, 300 Hour Graduate Cameron Boman talks with writer Alaina Isbouts about his yoga practice and his focus on Baptiste yoga.

Tell me how yoga came to be such an important part of your life.

Yoga came into my life after my transition from high school in Colorado to college in Minnesota. Growing up, I was continuously in art programs: local theater productions, high school musicals, community choirs, as well as art classes. Once I began college, my body began to need to feel those creative energies throughout myself. I started taking classes via video blogs. Once I took my first hot yoga class, I was hooked and immediately devoted time and energy to the practice of yoga. Not only was I beginning to feel alive in what was once my mysterious body, but it also provided me a safe space where I could move myself without fear of being made fun of. The connections that were made in my first classes and training have developed into life long friendships.

How did the idea of focusing on Baptiste yoga come to you?

My background is in Baptiste yoga, having completed multiple teacher trainings and levels. I studied under Baron Baptiste. The Baptiste community is very tight knit and across the globe; they founded the Africa Yoga Project. People travel from all over theworld just to get trained from Baron Baptiste and learn from him. Baptiste is very strict about staying to the sequence. I wanted to learn how to create my own flows as well as sequences. My first Baptiste class was in my training training. We were doing ten rounds of wheel pose and there was no music. It was so difficult! We are in a place where we have loud music, loud noises constantly around us. But having no musicbrings the focus internally instead of what’s going on around us.

What makes Baptiste yoga different from vinyasa or other types of yoga?

Baptiste is a kind of power Vinyasa that focuses on a set sequence. With Baptiste, there is no music, and you sit in poses longer. It’s an alignment-based practice. For example,we’ll sit in chair pose for five breaths, then warrior one for five breaths, and so on. You feel grounded and safe in each pose. Once you feel that, you flow with your breath as a class, as a community. It’s a nice uniform class — it’s an all-levels practice.

What is the appeal of Baptiste yoga to you?

I like the community aspect. I went to CorePower for years and felt like it was very robotic. Then I talked to a friend who went through the Baptise program and she made it sound amazing. I signed up for the program before actually taking a class, and instantly
fell in love with it.

What made you specifically pick The River?

as a meeting place where people of all backgrounds, shapes, sizes, sexual preferences, etc. are welcomed with open arms. For years I did not live close to The River, but somehow I would always gravitate there to practice and get to know people.

What do you think it means to be a yoga teacher in your community?

To be a yoga teacher means to be a guide to help bodies feel alive and empowered. A yoga teacher is someone that is welcoming, someone that guides classes through the lens of alignment and safety, as well as a cool cat that I just want to get to know.

For more information on The River’s upcoming Advanced 300 Hour Training beginning February 28th, visit us here.

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300 Hour Alumni Feature: Kady Lafferty talks with Alaina Isbouts About her Yoga Practice and her Focus on Body Positivity http://weseektheriver.com/2018/02/07/300-hour-alumni-feature-kady-lafferty-talks-with-alaina-isbouts-about-her-yoga-practice-and-her-focus-on-body-positivity/ Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:55:50 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=7735 Ahead of our next 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training, we’re catching up with some of our previous graduates to hear how completing the training has advanced their careers, deepened their practices, and led their lives in new directions. As part of their training, each student completes a research project on a subject of interest relating to yoga. Here, 300 Hour Graduate Kady Lafferty talks with writer Alaina Isbouts about her yoga practice and her focus on body positivity.

Tell me how yoga came to be such an important part of your life.

My first ever yoga class was at The River. I was a social worker who was burnt out, struggling with anxiety and depression. I stepped into the studio, not knowing it was heated, and thought, Oh boy, what did I get myself in to? I spent the next hour having no idea what was going on. I watched everyone and mimicked the shapes they made with their bodies, focused on breathing (because I thought I was going to pass out!), and worked harder than I could remember. At the time, I was stepping away from my role as a social worker, one of the biggest transitions of my life, and the teachers dharma happened to be about transitions. It felt like fate. I laid in savasana at the end of class covered in sweat, just crying. It felt like such a release. As I rolled up my mat I realized it was the first time I could remember in my adult life that I was completely
present and my mind was still. From then on I had a regular yoga practice and became a daily visitor to The River. Little did I know that was only the beginning.

How did the idea of focusing on body positivity in the yoga industry come to you?

As a plus size yogi, I always felt a bit out of place in the yoga world by the way it had been popularized in media and our culture. I didn’t think I (quite literally) fit the mold. It’s what kept me away from trying yoga for many years. After practicing yoga for a while I realized I had completely shifted the relationship I had with my body from one of hate and dislike to one of love and acceptance. It was a natural decision for me to examine the intersection of body positivity and yoga.

How do you feel yoga can help people be more accepting and loving of their bodies?

Yoga often tends to lean into self study, and noticing the patterns of our mind. In yoga, you start to dissect the way you talk to yourself. It’s a self-inquisitive practice that naturally helps us become aware of the way we talk to ourselves, and often times that self talk comes from a place of criticism, like what our worth is based on what we look like in warrior two. Often times when people start yoga, they start taking care of themselves in other ways as well. In yoga, you learn that if something doesn’t serve you, see if you can shift it. I noticed the way I talked to myself wasn’t the way I talked to people I cared about or loved, and it often times came from a place of hate. If we choose to shift the way we talk to ourselves, it can allow us to become more self accepting and loving.

What words of encouragement would you have for people who want to start yoga but may feel out of place?

Allow yourself to just try. Try to take the way you will be seen out of the equation. Just take the leap, go to your first class. Each time you do it, it gets easier.

Do you feel that body positivity in the yoga community has become more common?

There are so many body positivity activists in the yoga world. It’s becoming more and more common, which is really cool. I’ve been personally inspired by Jessamyn Stanley and Dana Falsetti. There’s hashtags like #plussizeyoga, or #yogaforeverybody, and is becoming more common. It’s no longer unusual to have plus size people in class — there’s at least one in every class now, when 6 years ago I used to be the only one in a class.

What made you specifically pick The River?

The River is my hOMe. The teachers have impacted my life in so many amazing ways; all of my self-work was done there and the community has made me feel so incredibly accepted. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

What do you think it means to be a yoga teacher in your community?

Being a yoga teacher in my community means sharing all of the lessons of the practice passed along for thousands of years. It means creating space for yogis to grow and feel accepted. More than anything, it means sharing the gift of yoga.

For more information on The River’s upcoming Advanced 300 Hour Training beginning February 28th, visit us here.

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300 Hour Alumni Feature: Jessie Rogers talks about her yoga practice and her focus on breath work, or pranayama. http://weseektheriver.com/2018/01/16/300-hour-alumni-feature-jessie-rogers-talks-about-her-yoga-practice-and-her-focus-on-breath-work-or-pranayama/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:22:51 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=7708 Ahead of our next 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training, we’re catching up with some of our previous graduates to hear how completing the training has advanced their careers, deepened their practices, and led their lives in new directions. As part of their training, each student completes a research project on a subject of interest relating to yoga.

Here, 300 Hour Graduate Jessie Rogers talks with writer Alaina Isbouts about her yoga practice and her focus on breath work, or pranayama.

Tell me how yoga came to be such an important part of your life.

In 2011, I graduated from the University of Denver and immediately experienced an identity crises. Up until that point, the course of my life had always had a clear path. I knew exactly what I needed to do to excel both academically in the classroom and competitively on the soccer field. I found comfort in sharing my story through the lens of a hard-working student-athlete.

After spending a year of boredom in a corporate job, I felt the need to redefine myself and invigorate more meaning back into my life. In search for my next academic and physical challenge, I turned to yoga. Taking my first dive into subtle body awareness, I healed from things that I did not know needed healing. The scope for how I viewed the world and my relation to it shifted and expanded.

How did the idea of using pranayama in everyday life come to you? 

I will never forget the first time I learned about the breathing technique of Nadi Shodana (Alternate Nostril Breathing). While my instructor was breaking down the basics of how to do it, he also explained how our nostrils fluctuate throughout the day from being predominately active to more blocked off. Since that day, I never stopped being intrigued by pranayama. It has been my guiding force into subtle body awareness and I am always intrigued to learn more. So, for my project, I opted to dive deeper and learn more about how breath work affects the internal landscape of the body. I posed the following question: “Can the use of pranayama help bring extreme states of energetic imbalances (i.e. when a person is experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, lethargy, sorrow, anger, etc.) back to a state of equilibrium?”

In short, my findings led me to conclude that yes, through various forms of intentional breathing, we can change our current state of being.

How do you suggest people start practicing pranayama everyday?

I suggest people start with three minutes of conscious breathing every single day. Set a timer if you need to. Sit down, check in to how you are feeling, and according to those emotions, try some breath work.

    • To help bring mindfulness into your day, try a Three-Part Breath. Take a deep inhale through the nose, pause at the top of your breath, exhale through the nose, and release chest and diaphragm down to the belly. To help reduce stress, you can opt to lengthen the exhale. This will help tap into your parasympathetic nervous system activating your “rest and digest” senses.
    • To clear and energize the mind, try Breath of Fire. This breath work focuses on a quick, sharp and forceful exhale out through the nose as the naval snaps in towards the spine follow by a passive intake of air through the nostril as the naval releases back out. 
    • To calm and awaken both sides of the brain, try Alternate Nostril Breathing. Use the right thumb to close off the right nostril and the right ring finger to close off the left nostril. Alternate blocking off the right nostril and breathing in through the left and then blocking off the left nostril and exhaling out right. Then inhale through the right nostril and exhale out the left. Repeat.

What made you specifically pick The River?

I had heard about The River through several friends over the course of a year. Feeling ready to reboot my practice and shake things up, I finally checked the studio out, and several teachers kept me coming back for more. Eventually I sat down with Christen Bakken after one of her classes to learn more about the 300-HR YTT training. The timing and materials were just what I was looking for, so I signed up and am so happy that I did!

What do you think it means to be a yoga teacher in your community?

To be a yoga teacher is to hold space for self-growth and change. Whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual pursuits, yoga practitioners step onto their mats for an array of reasons. Through sharing the ancient teachings of yoga through movement of the body and breath, yoga teachers can offer a space for practitioners to safely heal and improve their lives both on and off the mat.

For more information on The River’s upcoming Advanced 300 Hour Training beginning February 28th, visit us here.

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300 Hour Alumni Feature: Danica Kempinski shares about her yoga practice and her focus on sustainability http://weseektheriver.com/2017/12/19/300-hour-alumni-feature-danica-kempinski-shares-about-her-yoga-practice-and-her-focus-on-sustainability/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 03:43:32 +0000 http://weseektheriver.com/?p=7642 Ahead of our next 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training, we’re catching up with some of our previous graduates to hear how completing the training has advanced their careers, deepened their practices, and led their lives in new directions. As part of their training, each student completes a research project on a subject of interest relating to yoga. Here, 300 Hour Graduate Danica Kempinski talks with writer Alaina Isbouts about her yoga practice and her focus on sustainability.

Tell me how yoga came to be such an important part of your life.

I originally attended my first yoga class for the physical aspect, but it was something deeper that kept me coming back. I walked into The River one day, for the first time, and they announced that teacher training was starting that night and it wasn’t too late to sign up. Five hundred hours of training later, here I am, still wanting to learn more and with a practice that is as strong as ever. Yoga and training provided me with so much more than I ever thought it would. It helped give me the courage and confidence to leave a career path I wasn’t happy with to pursue my passions and live a life I love, every day.

How did the idea of focusing on sustainability in the yoga industry come to you?

My three passions are yoga, crafting, and fashion. I wanted to do something that I knew I would love and would want to spend a lot of time diving into, but also something I could continue to pursue after training. The yoga industry is a billion-dollar industry, with a large chunk of that being the purchasing of material items, like what we wear to class or the mats we practice on, which can be wasteful and disposable. There is this idea in our culture that the brands we wear define us, and we must have the hot new prop even when our old one works just fine, which strays so far from the foundations of the yogic principles and practice. I decided to merge my love of getting crafty with yoga, and dive into how to weave the ancient practice and principals of yoga in today’s culture, focusing on sustainability, and asked the question of, “Are the roots of Yoga sustainable in a Culture of Consumerism?” I made yoga blocks out of recycled cardboard boxes, eye pillows from scrap fabric, and mat bags from old pants and belts. My goal was to show others how easily we could weave together two totally different worlds and, perhaps also preserve the practice and the planet.

With the holiday season upon us, how do you recommend people remember the importance of sustainability?

One of the hardest times of year to practice sustainability is the holiday season, but it is also one of the best times to remember the Yamas and the Niyamas to build more sustainable practices. Recognizing the need for sustainability in our culture will allow us to let go of the idea that consuming material things, and gifting them, equals success and happiness. We can practice aparigraha, which is to be free from hoarding and the desire to stockpile wealth. In line with this, if you must purchase something, why not chose an experience over material gifts? Not only do you get to spend quality time with your loved ones, but also make lasting memories.

I tend to make 95% of gifts that I give which I find very fulfilling. I love to get crafty and enjoy the process of making things, and people tend to appreciate the gifts more when they know they have come from your heart and hands. There are so many easy DIY projects that are useful to the person you are giving them to, and can use things you may already have. One year I made all the ladies in my family a mala, a few years ago I made scarves with recycled fabric, and this year I’m going to make personalized zipper bags for toiletries from scrap fabric!

What steps do you recommend people take to incorporate sustainability into their yoga practice?

  1. Be being mindful of what we consume and how much we consume of it. By practicing svadhyaya, or self-study, and simply recognizing and acknowledging our current practices, we can rewrite harmful practices we may currently be stuck in.
  2. Research the companies you purchase from, and ensure they have environmentally-friendly practices in place.
  3. Ask yourself if you really need whatever it is you’re considering purchasing. Practicing santosa, contentment, is to be happy with what you have.
  4. Be true to your purpose. Practice satya. As yogis, we can lead by example and live a life of truthfulness and live true to our purpose; to help others and make the world a better place and while treading lightly doing so.
  5. Lastly, conserve energy. I am not talking only to the physical conservation of energy like turning off the lights as you leave, walking instead of driving to practice, reusing water bottles, recycling, etc. I’m also talking to the conservation of our personal energy. To not only to have a sustainable physical practice, but to also have energy to focus on our efforts, we must be mindful of how we use energy and allow ourselves time to rest and rejuvenate when needed. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of the world!

What made you specifically pick The River?

Honestly, I think the River chose me. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed and seen. The River is a place where you are encouraged to be 100% uniquely you, and are loved for all of it. Becoming a part of the team here has changed my life in ways I could have never imagined.

What do you think it means to be a yoga teacher in your community?

To be a teacher is to also be a student, a friend, a good listener, and a selfless servant. Being a teacher has taught me so much about the necessity of a connection with myself, a connection with other humans, and a connection to your world and community. I also think a large part of being a teacher is leading by example: caring and giving back to your community, showing self-love, and valuing each and every human as a unique, equal body, and realizing that we are all in it together.

For more information on The River’s upcoming Advanced 300 Hour Training beginning February 28th, visit us here.

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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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