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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!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.