The story behind the Rocky Mountain Yoga Conference: by Lauren E. Brand.
“ So,” I asked Waylon, courageous editor of elephant journal, “can you cover the Rocky Mountain Yoga Conference?”
“Sure…,” he said, “…let’s hear about your experience as one of the creators. Yeah: let’s hear from you.”
Honestly, accepting responsibility for the conference initially felt as though someone suddenly handed me her baby, and said: “would you mind holding her?” and then walked away. And with no time to think, to mind or not, I suddenly found myself confronted with a baby who could either scream or smile; it was all dependent on my next move.
Everyone’s peace suddenly depended on me?
Please, oh, please, come take your baby back!
So here I am, director of the Rocky Mountain Yoga Conference. My initial reaction of apprehension and struggle had to go, otherwise nothing would get done. It took some work to shift my mindset to one of confidence and joy. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the work that needed to get done, I learned to immerse myself in play. Everything became easier.
The process of creating this event has put me in touch with a dedicated, dynamic group of people and helped me develop a deeper awareness of the importance of Yoga in every aspect of my life. Getting to know some of the presenters, volunteers, sponsors and vendors inspires me as I look toward the future. It has been said that the people you surround yourself with and the activities you do today influence what you will be doing in five years. Discover for yourself. Come join us to have fun, be inspired, lift your spirits and change the “work” of self-care to the “play” of self-creation.
I am proud to say we have an incredible line up of workshops that make this event different from existing yoga conferences. In addition to fabulous yoga instructors, a variety of talented wellness practitioners, live music, and specialty classes, teach us even more ways to create optimal health. Our goal in creating this conference was to illuminate the resources that make inner power accessible to all.
Ariana Saraha and Megan Yalkut: Live Music
All day: Kids Camp with Erika Hohn and Erin Bowman Watkins
Richard Rosen: Morning Meditation
River Cummings: Intro to Viniyoga
Alison Litchfield: Awaken your Spine
Monica Gully: Peace Within
Annie Richards: Foot Therapy
Shannon Paige Schneider: Prana Flow
Richard Rosen: Modern Energy Channels
Christina Sell: Arm Balances for Everyone
Chanda and Crystal Hinton: Adapting Yoga for People with Disabilities
Brigitte Mars: Food as Medicine
Sue Beck: Withstanding the Pressure of Time
Katyayani Poole: Feeling the Alphabet of the Body
Bear Tobin: Bear Yoga
Dr. Eliza Klearman: Everyday Rituals for a Healthier You
Anthony Bogart: Therapy for Neck and Shoulders (3—6)
r.r. Shakti and Christopher of the Wolves: Gratitude and Grace
Dave Farmar: Introduction to Baptist Power Vinyasa Yoga
Makaan Burt: Restorative Stone Yoga
Cathy Zeeb: Peace amidst Chaos
8:00—10:30pm Rhythm Sanctuary: Live Music and Dancing
Kids Camp all Day with Erika Hohn and Erin Watkins Bowman
Richard Rosen: Morning Meditation
Richard Rosen: Introduction to Pranayama
Dr. Nicolas Bitz: Aryuvedic Self Care For Yogis
Anthony Bogart: Co-Creation Meditation
Noella Roselena: 13 Chakras
Wendi Buick: Yoga with Cancer Treatment
Dave Farmar: Turning Fear Upside Down
Alison Litchfield: Ignite your Inner Fire
Christina Sell: Backbends and Beyond
Lauren Brand: Cleansing Patterns of the Past
Brigitte Mars: Color Therapy
Sue Beck: Yoga for Tolerance
LeeAnn Heinbaugh: Intuition for Everyday
Geri Bleier: Sweat Your Heart Open
Aaron King: King Yoga
Justine Sanchez: Yoga Para Niño and Yoga en Espanol.
All workshops are available à la carte at $40 per class. $165 for all day Saturday and Sunday. Or purchase a day pass for $95. To register go online: www.rockymountainyoga.org
As we get closer to the event, the excitement of the presenters, volunteers, sponsors and vendors builds. The energy of this event rises like a tsunami. As you will see, this conference is a convergence of minds to create opportunities for learning, networking and study; it is also a festival: a community celebration, a gathering of spirit, a lively congregation! Let yourself be carried in its current!-L.E.B
For more information: www.rockymountainyoga.org
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