Yoga is far from a new concept. The methods and poses date back thousands of years, but the benefits are still so timely that celebs like Vanessa Hudgens, Reese Witherspoon, Adam Levine and tons more rely on the practice to keep their bodies healthy and lean.
This summer I got to embark on a once in a lifetime experience — do yoga with 2,000 other enthusiasts at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. Keep reading to see why the weekend trip changed my outlook and perspective on yoga, life and love.
Celebrities Who Love Yoga — Get A Red Carpet Body At CorePower Yoga
CorePower Yoga flew me from NYC to Denver, where I spent the weekend in the amazing Four Seasons hotel. On my first night, I was introduced to Heather Peterson, the Senior Vice President of Programming, Inanna Jessup, the Regional Manager in Los Angeles, and Vinny Amendola, Director of Operations in Minnesota & Colorado. Vinny had taught the yoga class that morning and raved about the moving experience. I wouldn’t wait to try it for myself.
I headed to bed to prepare for the 6am wake up for sunrise Yoga On The Rocks. After a short car ride, we arrived at the magnificent setting. Seeing 2,000 people decked out in yoga gear was truly a sight to see. I’m a yoga beginner, so I was nervous and intimidated by the setting, but the CorePower Yoga group I was with made me feel comfortable and safe — even though most of them were licensed teachers with years of experience.
Inanna taught the class, and made it easy for newbies like me to follow along and feel part of the workout. Yoga is just that — making people feel good about themselves and empowered.
The 45 minute class flew by, and at the end, I was feeling more peaceful and more enlightened than I had in years. I felt connected to nature, the earth, and myself — that doesn’t happen often on the streets of NYC!
Afterwards, we headed to the CorePower Yoga studio in Denver, where we got to check out the facilities, meet the staff, and shop their amazing apparel and equipment selection.
Yoga — An Enlightening Experience In All Aspects Of Life
After a restful afternoon, we all met up again for a dinner. The conversation was so positive and uplifting, but not at all cheesy. We talked about our lives and goals, yoga, and the cities we live in. I felt like I was catching up with old friends when I had met these people just a few hours earlier. They were happy, peaceful and healthy — and I was taking notes on how to emulate their lifestyle.
I’ve never felt like I did after Yoga On The Rocks. Apparently I’m not the only one, since more sessions are being added next year after multiple weekends sold out in 2014. Although Yoga On The Rocks is reserved for the summer, you can feel the same euphoric feelings at CorePower Yoga studios across the country year round. And next summer, I highly recommend a trip to Denver with your mom, your BFF or maybe by yourself — you won’t regret it.
Do you practice yoga, HollywoodLifers?
— Dory Larrabee