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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!
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.