Estes Park
YMCA of the Rockies
September 22-25, 2016
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Yoga Conference

Special Events

Community classes, inspired talks, morning meditation, acro-yoga demos, happy hours and much more.

Thursday, September 22



Thursday | 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Happy Hour in the Yoga Market

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Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Thursday | 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Breathing Peace - An Evening of Meditation for All: Honoring Fall Equinox * UN International Peace Day * Global Mala Project Hosted by Shiva Rea

Hosted by Shiva Rea with Meditations by Judith Hanson Lasater, Sianna Sherman, Sally Kempton and additional presenters

Join us as we open the conference in a unique experiential way as we gather in a circle with Yoga Journal teachers and participants to experience forms of meditation - from breath awareness to mudra and mantra that are healing and beneficial to all. At this time of the Fall Equinox of equal light and dark, we will open to the power of meditation to connect, awaken and inspire us to breathe and live with a deeper level of awareness and to embody peace as a practical offering to the world.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday, September 23



Friday | 7:00am - 7:30am
Morning Walking Meditation with Diana Laughlin

Morning Walking Meditation with Diana Laughlin Drop back into nature and breathe in the beauty of the Rockies with gratitude. We'll walk together at a contemplative pace, so please dress warmly for a cool fall morning and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday | 10:15am - 10:45am
Intro to Hoop Dance By Hoopologie

The hoop is a tool. It strengthens and opens the body, but it also teaches us where we hold fear and resistance. And our hoops teach us to breathe, and approach these places with compassion and patience and a desire to understand. Your dance with the hoop is an external manifestation of a process that's happening inside. It's the way you use the hoop to awaken your body, your heart, and mind. This class teaches the foundations of movement and dance with a hoop. Hoops will be provided.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday | 11:00am - 12:00pm
Reset & Replenish

We always have the opportunity to reset & replenish ourselves physically and energetically, moment by moment. The inclusion of both yin and yang, strong and supple postures will cultivate a balance in our body, mind, and soul. Using the Baptiste Methodology we will focus on wringing out and massaging the digestive & lymphatic system while creating a steadiness and presence to remind us to turn inward, reflect, and consciously prepare to renew and balance.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday | 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Victory Dance Thru Movement and Music with Bibi McGill

Early civilizations danced as a method of healing and creative expression, but over time we have been conditioned to shut down or detach from our feelings. Our modern day culture persuades us to dance in a way that is “cool” or “hip,” rather than free and uninhibited. Come experience a victory dance—movement that radiates liberation, rather than self¬consciousness. Similar to the flow of a yoga class, we will gradually rise into an ecstatic state before gently winding down to savasana's state of rest and rejuvenation. Breath and movement will flow in a web of ambient, hypnotic, world, mantra, electronic, glitch hop, dance beats that facilitate the exploration of higher levels of consciousness.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Heart of Things: Align and Flow

Ellen Kaye (GM and Teacher Development Director at Kindness Yoga) has a way of going straight for the heart of things. With pranyama, psoas release and potent alignment, she will bring you into the heart of what matters most.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Practicing the Yoga Sutra with Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater

How do we take the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra and embody it in our practice and our lives? How do we live and practice these ancient truths? Join mother-daughter yoga teachers Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater for a discussion and Q&A.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday | 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Veda Balance Bowl - Cooking Demo

See how the 6 Tastes combine easily to create a simple and nutritious dish that will support vitality and a balanced diet. This yummy culinary collaboration between Gina Caputo and Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts will have you balancing your time off the mat inside of your kitchen.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday | 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Power Vinyasa with Brooke Taylor

Power Vinyasa flow yoga is a powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements.

Free and open to all. Sign up here.


Friday | 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Kulae Yoga Presents The Real Karmic Connection: A Community Practice

Join Denelle Numis, E-RYT 500, founder of Après Yoga and Kulae Yoga DiploMAT, for an all levels practice dedicated to building real connections within our yoga community and beyond. Let's come together as a kula, or tribe, and connect! Join us Après Yoga for the YJ Live Happy Hour!

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Friday | 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Yoga Market Happy Hour Hoopologie Demo and Fashion Show

naturaThe fashion show will showcase new products and styles from Yoga Market partners and exhibitors! Then, enjoy hooping tricks, techniques, and flow with Hoopologie. Wine provided by Natura.


Friday | 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Live Be Yoga Film Festival at Yoga Journal LIVE Colorado

Join Gaia and Yoga Journal for the official culmination of the 2016 Live Be Yoga Tour! After 6 months of travel, shooting documentary content on the culture of yoga, the Film Festival is a chance to distill what’s happening with yoga in America today.


Saturday, September 24



Saturday | 5:00am - 7:00am
Raise Your Vibe: Kundalini Sadhana with Carol Dimopoulos

Sadhana, a practice throughout various forms of yoga and spiritual traditions, is a powerful practice used to achieve your life’s purpose, clearing negative vibrations and karma so we can reach our highest potential. Through a powerful combination of movement, meditation, and mantras (chanting) Sadhana prepares our psyches to excel in the new environments and coming decades.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 7:00am - 7:30am
Morning Meditation with Ryan Hader

We are often bombarded in daily life by things that weaken our natural flow and mood leaving us feeling ungrounded. Join Ryan Hader for a morning meditation session utilizing kinesiology and guided imagery to feel energized, balanced, and grounded.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 10:15am - 10:45am
Malas & Mantras

Experience 30 minutes of breathing meditation using your mala beads with Rana Nader, learn how to use your mala beads, why there are 108 beads, what is the right mantra for you and how to engage your mala beads with your yoga and meditation practice!

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 11:00am - 12:00pm
Stress Happens: Adapt and Flow with Herbs and Asana

Join health coach Stepfanie Romine to learn how to identify your stress— and adapt to it — then find out how adaptogenic herbs can be a part of your overall wellbeing. All levels vinyasa flow and lecture.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Pure and Potent: Powerful Flow

Ignite your fire and connect to your soul with Desiree Grobstein. This class will strengthen, purify and open you up to the infinite potential that resides within you. Get ready to move, shake and sweat!

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 12:30pm - 1:00pm
The Ancient Wisdom of Ayurvedic Plants

mega foodsJoin Erin Stokes, ND, as she discusses Holy Basil, Turmeric and Ashwagandha. We'll explore how the modern yogi/ yogini can include these ancient plants in daily life.


Saturday | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
CorePower Yoga 2 - Collective Power with Lara Gobins

Based on the foundation of a CorePower Yoga 2 class, this class will strengthen, balance and detoxify your entire body and mind with challenging postures and connected breath. Inspired by the story of Hanuman and surrounding yourself with a strong community, be ready to power up your yoga practice like never before.

Lara believes that we were all born with extraordinary abilities and power, it’s that sometimes we need the encouragement of the collective, our Sangha, just to remind us how powerful we are. On the Leadership team at CorePower Yoga since 2012, she is praised for her ability to inspire her students through an intelligent sequencing, intentional theme, powerful playlist, and her ability to remind us that we are all truly in this together. You can find her holding down the fort at our first CorePower Yoga as General Manager of Grant St, or motivating the CPY community in the class.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
My Best Playlist - Yoga Music Workshop

Join DJ Taz Rashid for a workshop on how to build a yoga music playlist. Learn how to breakdown your classes in a simple way, and easily build your favorite music into any practice whether it's a high intensity vinyasa, or a mellow yin, or restorative class. DJ Taz will show you how to hone basic listening and intuitive skills to mix beats and make smooth transitions in your classes. You will walk away feeling more confident about your music selections, how to expand and use your music library efficiently and make your best playlists yet. Highly recommended for teachers but anyone can attend.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 2:45pm - 3:15pm
AcroYoga with Kindness Yoga

AcroYoga is a playful and creative partner practice that enhances your balance, strength and flexibility. Learn the fun partner acro flying poses and Thai massage and connect with likeminded yogis! No partner needed.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Power Vinyasa with Brooke Taylor

Power Vinyasa flow yoga is a powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements.

Free and open to all. Sign up here.


Saturday | 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Yoga Market Happy Hour with Kindness Yoga AcroYoga Demo

naturaDemonstration by experienced AcroYogis. Come be entertained by the graceful and powerful flow and witness the strong connection we cultivate through the practice. FUN is what we create! Wine provided by Natura.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Saturday | 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Special Intention Burning Ceremony

gaiaSend your intention to the sky. Join Gaia and Yoga Journal for a special intention burning ceremony at the YMCA fire pit.


Saturday | 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Rock Your Soul: Free Concert at Yoga Journal LIVE with Sadie Nardini, Justin Michael Williams, Bibi McGill

Join us for a transformative, energetic, and soulful musical performance by two fast-rising artists, Sadie Nardini with her band Salt & Bone, and Justin Michael Williams. Featuring special guest, guitarist Bibi McGill, who recently toured with Beyoncé. After touring music festivals across the country, they are bringing their performance to Yoga Journal LIVE for the first time. Whether you’re joining the YJ Event or coming for the tunes alone, you won't want miss this epic tribal indie rock and urban pop experience.

Opening and closing DJ sets by DJ Taz Rashid

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Sunday, September 25



Sunday | 7:00am - 7:30am
Morning Meditation - Simple Steps to Make So with Sarah Russell

This class will offer up some subtle wisdom that we already inherently have in ourselves. Through our experiences in our own lives we have the ability to harness our attention, access the inaccessible and find the seat that's been there all along. Come get your OM on as we greet the sun with joy and find a new way to wander into meditation.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.


Sunday | 10:30am - 11:15am
Closing Circle: Ceremonial Magic with Sianna Sherman & Masood Ali Khan

Gather in ceremony and embodied prayer to craft your highest vibration intention as you return to the world. Ceremonial Magic is a soulful infusion of yoga and ritual to connect you to the earth and all living beings. Together in the Alchemy of Love, Sianna & Masood will call in the directions, offer Spirit Songs, global healing meditation and a closing prayer for the Benefit of All Beings.

Free and open to all.  Sign up here.