Yoga festival comes to Copper |

Yoga festival comes to Copper

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News

Feeling flexy? If so, grab a mat and some tight pants and get ready for four days of educational workshops, lectures, classes and music at The Mountain Pose Yoga Festival, coming to Copper Mountain July 7 – 10.

The 40-plus festival workshops and classes center around yoga as medicine, and aim to lead participants to a better understanding of the types of yoga, appropriate postures and questions patients should ask and be aware of before and during practice. Classes include yoga for brain rejuvenation, yoga to aid depression and anxiety, and basic back-care yoga.

“It’s not just for the medical community, it’s also for yoga enthusiasts” said David Roth, Copper public relations guru. “Some of the biggest names in yoga will be there.”

The event kicks off with a welcoming address by Rodney Yee, who helped create Gaiam’s online yoga club and is featured in numerous tutorial videos. He teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings worldwide. Yee will also be teaching various classes at the festival, including yoga for stress and restorative yoga.

Kris Carr, the New York Times best-selling author of the “Crazy Sexy Cancer” book series and “Crazy Sexy Diet,” will talk about her journey with cancer and then on to wellness.

Other talks and workshops explore using yoga as a health remedy, the consequences of toxicity, nutrition as the future of medicine, and yoga and its relationship with altitude.

Anyone interested in the practice, both experienced and novice, is invited to attend. There will also be artists, food, a fresh juice bar, chair massages and live music.

“This is really the epitome of yoga in the mountains,” Roth said. “Some sessions will actually be outside.”

The retreat has been approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians for up to 6.5 CME credits.

Organizers recommend participants bring a yoga mat, water bottle, relaxed and comfortable clothing, layers and a raincoat, sunscreen and an open mind.

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