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Yoga on the Rocks Denver MINDBODY
Local
Published Tuesday Jul 09, 2019 by Jacki Carr

Find Your Om at Yoga on the Rocks 

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice
Meditation

If you were to create a bucket list for Colorado, a trip to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater would be high up on the list. Plus, a daily yoga class and a hike in the Rockies, of course. 

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:

 

What is your mission as the owner of one of Denver's best yoga studios?

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.

 

What’s your favorite part about being involved in the Denver wellness community?

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.

 

What has been your biggest challenge of owning a studio, and how did you overcome it?

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.

- Danielle Barbeau

 
How has teaching yoga benefited your wellness and lifestyle?

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.  

 

How did you get involved with teaching at Yoga on the Rocks?

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. 

 

What are three things we should know about Yoga on the Rocks? Ready, go!

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! 
 

Jacki Carr
Written by
Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.