Yoga Day in Steamboat to benefit Sustainable Schools Program
May 17, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Yoga Day in Steamboat began as a local version of a nationwide celebration. Now a springtime, daylong fundraiser, it has taken on a life of its own in the Steamboat community.
The fourth annual Yoga Day, set for Sunday, will celebrate yoga and community with a sampling of 45-minute classes from local instructors. But yoga also is about service, or "Seva" in Sanskrit.
This year's Yoga Day will donate all proceeds from donations and raffle tickets to the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's Sustainable Schools Program.
"It's a great way for us to give back to the community," said Alli Brook, a local yoga instructor and co-owner of the Yoga Center of Steamboat. "And to really come together with a lot of different businesses and individuals all to benefit a local nonprofit."
Brook said Yoga Day organizers were impressed with the program's far-reaching impact and successes of the Sustainable Schools Program.
The program's accomplishments — introducing reusable school lunch trays, making school events zero waste and promoting reusable water bottles — also align with yogic principles, Brook said.
"It's the idea that our lives can be very multifaceted but yet sustainable," Brook said. "What you put out into the world you're going to get back. Steamboat is such a great community, and we're so fortunate to have so many people and organizations … that have that collective collaborative spirit."
Yoga classes begin at 9 a.m. Sunday and take place at the Yoga Center of Steamboat and Bud Werner Memorial Library. Each class's focus will represent a different kind of yoga, from Kundalini to yoga nidra. Classes range in ability from beginner to intermediate, and there is even a family option.
The suggested donation for each class is $5 to $10. Raffle tickets will be available at both locations for $1 each. Donated raffle items include gift certificates, yoga accessories and art amounting to more than $1,000. All proceeds will go to the Sustainable Schools Program.
When it comes to promoting sustainability and practicing yoga, Brook emphasizes that collaboration is key.
"On an individual level, life can be very full and enriching, but until you go out and connect with other people, it's not entirely fulfilling," she said. "You get into that great cycle and flow of energy and of sharing.
"It's a lovely cycle."
Sunday’s Yoga Day 2012 schedule
■ Bud Werner Memorial Library
9 a.m. Spring yoga and Ayurveda with Patty Zimmer
10 a.m. Vinyasa flow yoga with Jenny Gabriel
11 a.m. Kids and family yoga with Karen Goodman
Noon Journey through the Chakras yoga with Kriyadhara (Carrie Nelson)
1 p.m. Yoga for the hips with Paula Begay and Mandy Leonhardt
2 p.m. Devotional dance with Nicole Idzahl
3 p.m. Core Vinyasa flow yoga with Wendy Puckett
■ Yoga Center of Steamboat
10 a.m. Qigong with Sarah Braat
11 a.m. Eternal treasures meditation with Nina Darlington
Noon Yoga nidra with Beth Boyd
1 p.m. Yoga for a strong and supple back with Nina Darlington
2 p.m. Kundalini yoga with Alli Brook
3 p.m. Restorative yoga with Paula Begay and Mandy Leonhardt
*$5 to $10 suggested donation per class or $60 for the day. Proceeds go to the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's Sustainable Schools Program. For more information, visit http://www.yogacenterofsteamboat.com/yoga-day.htm.
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com