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The inaugural Steamboat Movement Fest will take place this weekend

— Music evokes movement. Even if it's the slightest nod of the head or tap of the foot.

Without it, the Steamboat Movement Fest would be incomplete.

"Music creates a natural stirring from within, and we include music because it is one of the most natural ways your body moves," said Talaya Thomas, managing director for the Steamboat Movement Fest. "It adds to the overall experience for each participant. And it's fun. To do something where you can see a live band and do yoga? It's like a one-stop shop, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

Tips for the first Steamboat Movement Fest

Hydration! I’ve experienced heat exhaustion/dehydration after Hanuman — lots of yoga and not enough water. (Erin Brosterhous)

Be open to trying something new, outside your comfort zone. (Talaya Thomas)

Look at the schedule, really look at it, and realize that you can't do everything because you don't want to be too stressed trying to get to everyone. (Donna De Lory)

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Set some kind of intention that you want to get out of this experience. (Donna De Lory)

This weekend is the inaugural Steamboat Movement Fest, created with the intention to be a transformative four-day experience of yoga, live music and outdoor adventure, while also showcasing the community of yoga teachers, musicians and artists found in Colorado and throughout the United States.

Tonight, the wide variety of entertainment will commence in Korbel Ballroom 1 at the Steamboat Grand from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a yoga-music fusion practice, the Friday Night Live. The event will be led by renowned instructors Gina Captuo, with the "Yogini on the Loose" and Justin Kaliszewski, with Outlaw Yoga. The two will be accompanied by Kaliszewski's rock n’roll father, the iconic KenK.

Later in the evening, Denver's premier DJ, known as DJ Mickey Thunder, will take the spotlight from 8:30 to 10 p.m. and again from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a second round of his genre-blending, bass-driven partyrock, music that includes genres of funk, hip-hop, soul, jazz, blues, swing, reggae and anything else the party may call for on the fly. But his true talent lies in his versatility, is presented in a way that is immediately recognizable as Thunder.

Then, the Austin-based producer and composer Shane Madden as Govinda will bring his multi-sensory live show to the venue from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Known as a classically trained violinist since age eight, Madden incorporates violin compositions into his electronic show to create a textured atmosphere of memorizing visuals, vocals and dub-infused vibrations.

"Music has that ability to change your mood and disposition to bring you down or up; it's powerful in that way, and as musicians, we try to infuse this feeling of empowerment and bliss with each show," Madden said. "Hopefully, that's what people get from coming to one of these performances."

On Saturday night, inspirational singer and dedicated yogini Donna De Lory will kick off the music festivities from 7 to 9 p.m. with her uplifting beats and inspiring Kirtan, or yogic chanting, in a call and response type format. Raised in a family of musicians — her mother was a singer and dancer while her father, Al De Lory, was a legendary musician and producer — De Lory has traveled the globe for 20 years as a backup singer and dancer for Madonna. In addition to her own shows, De Lory has also released several albums, such as the most recent, "Unchanging" album.

For the second night, there will be another Steamboat Movement Fest dance party beginning at 9:30 p.m. and featuring Paul Kimbris, along with guest DJ Brian Alpart and more. Then, from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, the Denver power trio known as Interstate Stash Express will bring their psychedelic Americana music, offering something for every musical palate.

"Music, in itself, is an experience, and people may be into different things or genres, but I think it all has that same in intention: celebrating life, giving thanks and wanting to find connection in some way," De Lory said. "We all may be under a lot of stress or have problems, but we need to realize that there is this place of peace you can get to, and you can do it right now. Music can take you there."

It could be as simple as driving through traffic; music helps calm the nerves and provides an escape for a just a few minutes. Combining yoga and music, De Lory said, takes away those distractions with which many are bombarded to initiate a sense of stillness.

"Our minds are going through so much these days that I think there is more of a need for practicing in some way to still the mind from those distractions to find that inner self," De Lory said. "Yoga is a beautiful thing to help you find that wisdom and guidance, and music is an extra tool to help people get to that place. Music is just so moving for the soul."

Featuring a total of some 34 yoga instructors — half from Colorado and the rest from outside the state — the Steamboat Movement Fest will offer a wide variety of classes, including Bihar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Zumba, Yoga Sculpt, Qigong, Outlaw Yoga, Core Cocktails, hiking and yoga, running and yoga and the list goes on.

Not only that, the wide variety of events celebrate the word "yoga" which, in Sanskrit, means union or sense of community. It's what the Steamboat Movement Fest organizers hope to manifest by showcasing the local and national talent of instructors, in addition to inspirational speakers, athletes, musicians and artists.

"What really makes this different from other yoga festivals is Steamboat, our community — it's the people," Thomas said. "It unreal to be seeing this take on a life of its own. It's moving beyond what I thought it could. The movement is here."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

Tips for the first Steamboat Movement Fest

Hydration! I’ve experienced heat exhaustion/dehydration after Hanuman — lots of yoga and not enough water. (Erin Brosterhous)

Be open to trying something new, outside your comfort zone. (Talaya Thomas)

Look at the schedule, really look at it, and realize that you can’t do everything because you don’t want to be too stressed trying to get to everyone. (Donna De Lory)

Set some kind of intention that you want to get out of this experience. (Donna De Lory)

Friday Music Schedule

8:30 to 10 p.m. DJ Mikey Thunder

10 to 11:30 p.m. Govinda

11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ Mickey Thunder

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. in the Steamboat Grand, Korbel Ballroom 1

Saturday Music Schedule

7 to 9 p.m. Kirtan with Donna De Lory

9:30 to 10:15 p.m. Paul Kimbris with guest DJs Brian Alpart and more

10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Interstate Stash Express

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Steamboat Grand, Korbel Ballroom 1

Ticketing

Individual passes will be released the day of with the option of buying tickets online at steamboatmovement… or at the Steamboat Grand.