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What if you could do all three?
The River Yoga has partnered up with Red Rocks to offer Yoga on the Rocks—an outdoor yoga experience at the amphitheater where you can breathe and make shapes in the great wide open. Finished with your flow? Bring a fanny pack and hike the many trails through Red Rocks Park! Hello Colorado summer, we see you.
We chatted with Danielle Barbeau, yoga instructor, and owner of The River Yoga, to learn more about Yoga on the Rocks, how the partnership came to be, and what to expect from a peaceful practice at the incredible Red Rocks:
Collectively, our mission at The River Yoga is "to provide exceptional yoga experiences, excellent educational programs, intentional partnerships, and a hOMe where community and individuals are encouraged to live into their fullest potential." My mission as a studio owner is to always keep people—students, teachers, and staff—at the center of all we do. I am beyond grateful to have such an incredible group of humans to learn from (and with), and I care deeply about providing opportunities for growth and development for my team. We place a lot of emphasis on personal development and continuing education at The River. I know that most of my staff members will eventually go on to do other great things in the yoga world and beyond. My greatest hope is that my team always feels seen, heard, and lovingly challenged in striving for their most audacious dreams and goals.
Denver is such a collaborative city filled to the brim with active, creative people. My absolute favorite part of being a studio owner and leader in the Denver community is the opportunity to tap into that energy and collaborate with other studio owners, entrepreneurs, and yogis. I've always believed in collaboration over competition, but in Denver, I've been able to put that belief into practice with tremendous results. We have been collaborating with Fitness in the City since the early days of The River and have been fortunate to expand that collaboration and membership reciprocation to include High Ride Cycle, Bar Method, and most recently The Spot Bouldering Gym.
Despite how it might look, I didn't initially set out to own a yoga studio. That's a much longer story, but I like to think that The River found me. Every day since, I've said yes to possibility and opportunity while also working hard to ensure we have a strong foundation to build from. When I tell people I own a yoga studio, I think they often imagine me practicing yoga all day and meditating. In reality, running a yoga studio is like running any other business. In the early days, I was the teacher, manager, HR department, accountant, marking team, sales, and often the handy gal all in one! Growing the studio and community has challenged me to hone my leadership skills and live my mission, vision, and values. I credit so much of our success to my staff and to the yoga students who call The River their yoga home. Each time I’m faced with a new challenge, it's the people who keep me going.
I believe the greatest teachers also see themselves as forever students. For me, teaching yoga keeps me accountable to the practice in all forms, from asana and pranayama to the restraint, discipline, and mindfulness I strive to incorporate in my life off the mat. I feel truly honored each time I'm able to guide others through a yoga practice, and to learn along with my students.
The magic of Yoga on the Rocks would not be possible without the incredible vision and wonderful team at Denver Arts and Venues (DAV). We were fortunate to be selected by DAV as a yoga studio partner way back in 2016. We are now in our fourth year of leading classes Yoga on the Rocks, but I'm still blown away every time I step on the stage at Red Rocks. It's such an honor to work with DAV and lead classes in such a beautiful, iconic location.
1. Arrive earlier than you think you need to so you can get a great spot, soak in the beautiful view and good vibes, and visit the vendor village. I would recommend parking no later than 6 am.
2. Yes, Yoga on the Rocks is early, but it's so worth it. There's nothing like moving and breathing in unison with over 2,000 people, followed by savasana to the sound of birds, while laying under the big blue Colorado sky and those gorgeous red rocks.
3. Your ticket gets you a free week at The River, so be sure to see us before September 30th at our studios in Five Points and The Golden Triangle. If you're a member, pass your ticket off to a loved one so they can come practice with you!
Ready to step up your savasana? See you on the mat this summer at Yoga on the Rocks!
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.