We’re almost there! Soon, we’ll be settling into our new, expanded space! Hooray!
Here’s the scoop on what this means for all of us:
- A total of three yoga rooms:
- Room 1 – Rejuvenate
- Room 2 – Refresh
- Room 3 – Replenish
- Sophisticated Heat, Humidity & Flush system in all rooms, with awesome sound system
- Expanded Men’s Changing Room with 5 Showers
- Brand new Women’s Changing Room with 5 Showers with separate Grooming Area (it’s SO nice and roomy!)
- Movie Screen with Video/DVD Projection for “Pod Movie Night” and Teacher Training in Replenish Room
- Spiffed up Lobby area
- More Vinyasa flow (levels 1, 2 and 2/3), Hot, Anusara, Forrest, Yin, Foundations, and many more Beginner classes!
- OVER 90 CLASSES per week!
We’re delighted to continue our commitment to excellent Vinyasa and Hot classes. And the schedule will show a significant increase in Forrest and Yin too. We will dramatically increase our Anusara class offerings, starting with 12 classes on the schedule, per week.
In addition, we’re excited to announce our new Yoga Beginner Basics classes and new Yoga Beginner 101: 3-Week Series to support everyone interested in learning the basics of yoga for the first time!
Check out the new schedule for more details!
We are thrilled to announce the addition of seven amazing new teachers to the Pod Teaching Team!
- Amy Ippoliti
- Jeanie Manchester
- Billy Goldman
- Alison Litchfield
- Livia Shapiro
- Kate Mulheron
- Kendra Horn Trevino
What a blessing they will be to our wonderful Pod family! Check the schedule for details on their classes!
We’re also delighted to announce the return of Alli June Iovin! Alli and her husband Zach have moved back to Boulder and we’re elated that Alli will be back on the schedule teaching for us again!
Our Expansion Celebration Party will be on Saturday, October 1st – Open House from 6pm – 10pm! Refreshments and champagne will be served as we celebrate our growth with the amazing Pod community!
ALL ARE WELCOME, so please bring your family, friends, relatives, neighbors, and associates to celebrate with us and check out our new digs! We can’t begin to express how excited we are! We are so grateful to all of you for being a part of our growth. May we continue to honor and love one another and share the joy we all experience from our yoga practice.
See you all on October 1st!
Here’s to celebrating our sanctuary of peace!
Nicole & Gerry
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Amy travels the globe extensively, helping students bridge the gap between ancient yoga wisdom and modern day life. As a certified Anusara teacher since 2000, Amy is widely recognized for her energetic combination of crystal clear instruction, purposeful personality, offbeat sense of humor and for assisting her students in achieving individual breakthroughs on and off the mat. Amy believes everyone has the capacity to “turn up their own volume.” She inspires excellence in those who are willing to amp up their yoga, boost their leadership skills, and discover a deeper connection to nature, the Divine and one another. She is a pioneer for advanced yoga education, recently founding “90 Minutes to Change the World”, a program that has enhanced the teaching and career skills of hundreds of yoga teachers around the world.
Jeanie Manchester is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor and an avid student of Yoga since 1989. Jeanie has studied extensively with master Yoga instructors: Richard Freeman, John Friend and Douglas Brooks. John Friends’ enthusiasm expertise and guidance has been a catalyst for both Jeanie’s practice and teaching. Jeanie’s classes delightfully weave story with alignment and meditative flow as a means to further our understanding of our lives off the mat. Known as a Teachers’ Teacher, Jeanie travels nationally and internationally to inspire students to become their most jubilant self. As a Culinary Arts graduate, she adores creating meals and great conversation around the kitchen table. She plays joyfully in the Colorado outdoors, swimming, hiking, and back-country skiing with her husband and two children.
Bill Goldman began studying yoga with Richard in 1981, and by the early 90's his yoga practice had grown to be a central focus in his life. Bill's studies with K. Pattabhi Jois, both in India and the United States, have expanded his understanding and appreciation of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. In 1994 Bill began teaching at the Yoga Workshop, and continues to deepen his understanding of yoga and the mind/body connection through advanced study with Richard, senior Iyengar instructor, Gabriella Giubilaro, and the practice itself. Bill's classes are a comfortable mix of sharing the details of alignment in the postures with a visceral understanding of the internal feelings that act as cues to movement within each posture. His classes are an attempt to foster an environment where the student can feel their individual circumstances and work with them directly.
Alison has been practicing yoga since the first time she stumbled into a class with Richard Freeman in 1990. The celebration of embodiment is renewed each time she steps on the mat and remembers who she really is and what she has to offer. Her greatest inspiration is her two sons, a one year old and a five year old, who also consistently remind her of the awe and gratitude of life through the light and joy they bring into the world. As a teacher, Alison provides a space for her students to delve deeper into the promise of their own experience. “I hope to reflect to my students what it means to fully embrace each moment with love and gratitude as challenging as that may be,” says Alison. Her classes are challenging and ever-evolving, and sometimes even feature live music!
Teacher, writer, artist, spiritual activist, body poet, and forever a student, Livia is an Anusara-Inspired™ Yoga teacher with dynamic, soulful, and intelligent instruction. Her classes creatively weave the principles of Anusara® Yoga, with tantric philosophy, concepts of somatic psychology, pieces of poetry, glimmers of art, intriguing pop-culture, and ancient earth-based wisdom. She is passionate about the ongoing conversation of yoga in all its forms- asana, devotion, knowledge, and service- all as invitations of self-inquiry, deep play, and sensual embodiment.
Kendra Horn Trevino:
Kendra’s journey into yoga began with a deep desire for balance. Before transitioning into the world of yoga, Kendra spent years working in government, non-profits, and for private companies in law, communications, government affairs, and marketing. Though Kendra had practiced yoga since 2001, a cross-country move and the challenges of relocation and life changes in 2007 opened space for it to take on a new dimension in her life. Initially attracted to yoga for health and stress-relieving benefits, she began to explore beyond the physical practice, and with her first teacher training she knew she needed to share it with others. After years in the goal-oriented, fast-paced professional world, Kendra shifted gears to a path of learning, self-discovery, and growth. Each day, yoga helps get her a little bit closer to living in a more equanimous state of being.
Kate has practiced many styles of yoga over the years: classical Hatha, Vinyasa flow, Forrest, and Bikram. She completed Hot Yoga Teacher’s Training in December of 2008 and training with Ana Forrest in October of 2009. Her great love for Forrest Yoga has significantly impacted her practice, life, and spirit and has developed in her a greater understanding of the healing power of breath and honoring truth on and off the mat. Kate has experience in many different interests: music, modeling, acting, children and teaching; but the constant love in her life for the past seventeen years has been her yoga mat! No matter what emotion that has flowed in and out of her life; loss, grief of losing loved ones, heartache, joy, contentment or just pure bliss; yoga has always created a place of grounding and clarity. You will always find a smile on her face after she practices time and time again! Kate is truly honored to be able to bring her great passion for this art of healing to all that cross her path at the Yoga Pod!
Welcome Back! Alli June Iovin
Alli and her husband Zach have moved back to Boulder and we’re elated that Alli will be back on the schedule teaching for us again! We love ya, Alli!
Live Music with Jim Beckwith!
We’re delighted to announce that Jim is now our “Resident Pod Musician” and will be blessing us with his amazing talent at regular times throughout the year. Most notably, you can enjoy Jim’s fabulous artistry every Sunday morning at 9:30am for our new Sacred Flow class with Jeanie Manchester & Alison Litchfield. Check out Jim’s website at www.livemusicforyoga.com. Welcome to the Pod Jim!
Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) & the Marvelous Mechanics of Your Pelvis
With Robin Saltonstall, PhD, RYT
Integrative Medicine Health Specialist
Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) & the Marvelous Mechanics of Your Pelvis With Robin Saltonstall, PhD, RYT
Integrative Medicine Health Specialist The splendid design of the sacroiliac joint and the pelvic bones allows us to move omni-directionally in space. Devote two hours learning about how your spine, hips, and sacrum converse with each other to allow you to bend forward, back, side, and around. Do you experience that elusive, intermittent, and migrating SIJ pain on the backside rim of the hip and/or into the groin and/or down the outside of the leg? Come discover whether your SIJ issue is sacro-ilial or ilio-sacral, whether your SIJ is compressed or too mobile, and why it is imperative to understand your unique body-physics in order to keep your SIJ healthy for the long term. Through lecture/discussion and movement, we will explore:
- The mechanics of the SIJ
- Specific techniques to self-correct for (sometimes instant) pain relief,
- Proper position of one’s body in daily life practices and in asana in order to avoid aggravating the SIJ,
- Approaches for getting strong or flexible enough to eliminate SI issues again.
This workshop is appropriate for everyone. No anatomy knowledge other than your own embodied experience is required.
Saturday, October 29
2:30pm – 4:30pm
$30 per person
Instructor: Robin Saltonstall, PhD, is an Integrative Health Medicine Specialist, therapeutic exercise physiologist, medical ethicist, and owner of 40plus Fitness in Boulder. She has studied yoga anatomy extensively with Judith Lasater, PT and Leslie Kaminoff (author of Yoga Anatomy). Her mission is to assist individuals to be “what’s possible.”
Bhagavad Gita Study with Cindy Lusk
Cindy Lusk began practicing yoga in 1985, while pursuing graduate studies in social psychology. She studied Ashtanga Yoga extensively with Richard Freeman and Pattabhi Jois, and began teaching at Richard’s studio in 1994. Cindy met John Friend at that studio in 1992, completed her first teacher training with him in 1999, and became a certified Anusara teacher in 2002. Presently she serves on the Anusara Certification and Mentoring Committees.
Cindy is an avid student of yoga philosophy and has studied extensively with leading tantric scholars Douglas Brooks and Paul Muller-Ortega. She brings these teachings into her classes and workshops, and teaches yoga philosophy courses as well. In addition, Cindy mentors Anusara-Inspired teachers seeking certification.
Friday, October 21
Friday, October 28
Friday, Nov 4
Friday, Nov 11
Friday, Nov 18
7pm - 8:30pm
PRICE - $75 for all 5 sessions.
Pod Expansion Celebration Open House
Join us for a tour of the new space and a fun-filled evening with refreshments and champagne!
Saturday, October 1st Open House from 6pm - 10pm!
Everyone is Welcome! Bring a Friend!
Yoga Pod’s First “Seva” Teacher Training
Coming January 2012! More exciting details coming! Contact us at email@example.com if you’re interested in signing up!
New Thursday Morning Class with Nancy Kate Williams:
Starting Oct. 6th join Nancy Kate on Thursdays from 8:45-10am to explore the seven main chakras, or energy centers that exist within our bodies. Each week for seven weeks, we will engage a vinyasa practice in effort to demystify the energetics of the chakra system through asana, pranayama and meditation. Each week will build upon the previous week as we progress from the stability of the root chakra to finding freedom through interconnection within the crown chakra. Join us!!
New Beginner Classes!
- Yoga Beginner Basics
- Monday 6:45pm
- Tuesday 12:30pm
- Thursday 12:30pm
- Yoga Beginner 101: 3-Week Series on Saturdays at 12noon - $40 per student for the 3-Week Series – to support everyone interested in learning the basics of yoga for the first time!
I am a dedicated believer that the body will do whatever the brain tells it to do. Sometimes this is simple; sometimes it’s very difficult. For me, yoga is as much a mental exercise as it is physical. Staying focused, pushing to the next edge, blocking out distractions, and accepting my performance require my mental fortitude, and leave me feeling fulfilled and renewed at the end of each session at the Yoga Pod.
This hard work on the mat pays off later in my professional and personal pursuits. I work as a coordinator for the Outdoor Program at the University of Colorado, where I have the pleasure of guiding rock climbing and ice climbing courses to students. Guiding demands a safety-conscious, highly attentive, and patient mindset to keep participants happy, comfortable, and open to learning. Likewise, my personal passion for endurance sports necessitates a clear and focused mind. On the last leg of a triathlon, I am always glad I have spent the time on my mat at the Yoga Pod for the physical and mental stamina, helping me to push it through the finish line. Whether I’m high in the air picking my way up a frozen waterfall, carving through the snow on telemark skis, or 4 hours into a half-Ironman, clarity and vigor from yoga keep me going.
I have been practicing yoga for 5 years, but it was the Yoga Pod classes, teachers, and community that have encouraged me to make yoga a consistent element of my workout routine. Working as a Karma Yogi has also given me the opportunity to give back to the community that supports me. Besides, working out should be fun, and the Yoga Pod is certainly a good time! Each time I walk into the Pod, I know I will be welcomed warmly; and each time I step onto my mat, I know my mind will fire up, and I’ll see just what I can stimulate my body to do.
1. Why are you passionate about yoga? How has your practice impacted your life?
In the early 2000s, I was spending a lot of time hunched over a keyboard. I started doing yoga because of a sharp pain that I was having between my shoulder blades. The computer work was also making my upper body curl up into itself, like a fist. For example, when I lay down on my back with my arms extended like a cross, the backs of my hands wouldn’t touch the floor. After a few classes the pain between my shoulder blades disappeared and I was hooked. Now the backs of my hands touch the floor and I can almost reach my toes without bending my knees too much.
I started yoga because of body pain, but after a while I started to discover the spiritual benefits of yoga. I used to be that guy who kept looking at his watch while he was talking to you. I was so goal-oriented and out of balance that too often I was unable to be present with other people. Yoga, particularly the concentration on the breath, has taught me about the importance of paying attention to the present moment. It’s helped me to become a much better, more generous, person to be around. I hope.
2. What attracted you to the Yoga Pod?
I moved to Boulder from Salt Lake City. One of my yoga teachers there, Gentry Watson, is from Boulder. She recommended Yoga Pod.
3. How long have you been a Prema Member at the Pod?
Since January 2011.
4. Tell us a little about yourself and your family?
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I have a Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. Since graduate school, my scholarship has focused on Hollywood film. My first book was published in 2009 and is an analysis of interracial buddy movies like Lethal Weapon and Trading Places.
5. What is your life's calling/career/current professional position?
I’m a faculty member in the Ethnic Studies Department at CU.
6. What do you like most about the Yoga Pod?
Everybody is super friendly and welcoming. Gerry and Nicole do a great job of creating an ethos of kindness and respect. All of the teachers are excellent.
Pod Teacher Profile
1) What class do you teach at Yoga Pod?
2) Why do you practice yoga?
Mind, Body & Life Balance... We all need "quiet time" each day, now more than ever. Yoga allows for that peace and at the same time, moving myself and others forward.
3) What do you love about teaching yoga?
The blissed out smiles on Hot Yogi's faces after practice... The first time Hot Yogi.
4) What motivates you to practice today?
Simply staying healthy, Yoga was the first thing that gave me the same level of workout in 60-90minutes that took hours on the bike to produce. While I expected Yoga to "fix" what the bike "messed" up, I was amazed at how it prevented further injury and allowed me to be in a group but still on my own.
5) What do you love about Yoga Pod?
Community, passion for what's right and the sense of calm that prevails once inside it's doors.
Hi, I’m Laura. You may have seen me parading around the Yoga Pod studio, casting a smile or a wink in your direction. No, I'm not a stalker. No, I'm not medicated. Yes, I'm happy to be here.
My husband and I just moved to Boulder from Fayetteville, Arkansas – like, a month ago. For the first couple of weeks, I was floundering around town, trying to figure out how and where I belong. Although I'm still doing my fair share of floundering, I am super excited to say that I've recently been dubbed as the Social Media Ambassador for Yoga Pod. You'll be reading plenty of my updates, musings, announcements, and reflections all over the Yoga Pod Facebook page and Twitter. And I'm hearing you loud and clear, “Who the heck is this chick?”
A little about me: I have a serious obsession for all things yoga. As a yoga teacher, I’m a firm believer in bringing yoga to the masses; I walk the fine line between taking the elitism and mysticism out of yoga, making it a practical and approachable lifestyle, while remaining true to the philosophy. As a student, I strive to let go of the ever-present need for achievement; in essence, I strive not to strive.
I also have a serious obsession for all things food, whether it’s cooking, food shopping, dinner hosting, cookbook reading or writing. Food is a word that makes people happy, and a thing that brings people together, like my dad says, “with their feet under the same table”. Through my food writing I’m able to share my own food passions, discoveries, stories, memories and experiments with anyone who’s willing to listen, or anyone who’s duct-taped to a chair. In the kitchen, I focus on fresh ingredients and straightforward techniques to create simple, delicious fare. And I’m not afraid of butter.
Most recently, I launched my website, pranaandpie.com, where I combine my three true passions: yoga, food and writing. I offer my readers daily articles and insights, including yoga writing, videos, recipes, photos and other fun, inspiring stuff. In subsequent issues of the Pod Post, I will be contributing to the Rejuvenate, Refresh, Replenish column. So, let me know if you have any requests for topics. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I left my desk job and my hometown in search of enrichment, enlightenment and altitude in Boulder, and I can say in all honesty, so far, so awesome. When you're not finding me on my mat at Yoga Pod, you can find me blogging away at my kitchen table, whipping up something tasty in the kitchen, or snuggling on the couch with my husband, Eric, and our two dogs, Susie and Olive.
"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."
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