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Denver yoga calendar, Labor Day week, 2014

This is the week to begin your yoga or meditation practice. There’s also plenty of opportunity to practice yoga outside, including on the field after a Rockies game!

Monday, September 1: Happy Labor Day! Some studios offer an abbreviated class schedule and some close for the holiday, so check the schedule at your favorite yoga studio before heading to class.

Tuesday, September 2: Looking for a change of scenery with your yoga? Try Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens, offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Don’t forget to bring your mat, a towel and water for this all-levels practice.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Relaxing in the Moment begins tonight at the Denver Botanic Gardens. This training includes eight weekly sessions and a one-day silent retreat. MBSR was designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and is taught by Janet Solyntjes, Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living.

Wednesday, September 3: Experience Deep Relaxation through Yoga Nidra with Cherryl Leonne this evening at Yama Yoga Village. This class begins with a short yoga practice to prepare the body for Yoga Nidra, a relaxing guided meditation technique that can lead to meaningful life changes.

Thursday, September 4: Longtime meditation practitioner and teacher Barry Gillespie presents the Intersection of Yoga and Buddhism tonight at Asana Studio. Explore the similarities and differences of these two paths to enlightenment.

Nancy Nielsen begins a 4-week Dynamic Meditation series tonight at Kosha Yoga Center. Discuss and practice a different meditation technique each week, based on books by Joe Dispenza, Daniel Siegal, Lisa Wimberger, David Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo.

Friday, September 5: Get Happy Hour Acupuncture this afternoon at Asana Studio with licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist Stefanie Pittman. Be sure to wear comfortable, loose clothing for this more traditional, community acupuncture experience.

Experience an overall sense of peace and well-being at tonight’s First Friday Gong & Meditation session at Kundalini Yoga Denver. Pam Ewald/ Sangeeta Kaur guides the meditation, followed by a deep healing sound journey. A donation of $11 is recommended.

Saturday, September 6: Are you new to yoga, or do you want to brush up on the basics? Join Lea-Ann Born this morning at Kosha Yoga Center. Her 5-week series introduces the fundamentals of yoga practice including alignment, body awareness, alignment, breathwork and relaxation. Or start your practice with April Mueller, who starts two, 6-week beginner’s series today. New Beginnings/A Beginner Yoga begins this morning at The Yoga Mat and Back to the Basics: A Beginner’s Yoga Series begins this afternoon at Mudra Yoga Studio. April focuses on a few poses each week to create a solid foundation and confidence in your practice.

Check out the other workshop offerings this afternoon. Join Licensed Acupuncturist Rondi Leigh for her Community Donation Acupuncture Clinic at Endorphin on Broadway. Organize Your Way to a Harmonious Household with Certified Family Life Coach Leanna Long and Professional Organizer Holly Northup at The Freyja Project. Julieta Claire presents a Level 2 Inversion Playshop at Endorphin in the City Park neighborhood. Focus on the alignment and balance fundamentals that will help you invert in the middle of the room as well as to play in more advanced inversion variations. You must be able to kick up into inversions against the wall unassisted to attend Julieta’s workshop.

Sunday, September 7: Enjoy free yoga in the sun this morning at Yoga Rocks the Park. Lisa Richards teaches the Vinyasa class and DJ Orpheus spins the tunes. Or join the Harmony Yoga staff for a donation-based family yoga practice at Cook Park.

Root Down and The River present an OM Grown Brunch this morning. Danielle Barbeau-Cook guides the yoga practice, after which participants spend an hour gardening before enjoying brunch at Root Down. Or try a Yin Yoga and Acupuncture fusion at Endorphin on Broadway with Yoga Instructor Denise Cook and Licensed Acupuncturist Rondi Nunn.

Practice yoga on the field after this afternoon’s Rockies game. Get your tickets for the second annual Colorado Rockies Yoga Day at Coors Field with Kindness Yoga owner Patrick Harrington and Warrior Academy owner Scott Anderson. Ticket packages start at $30 and include a ticket to the afternoon Rockies game against the Padres, the post-game hour long yoga session, and a Rockies-themed yoga promotional item.

Begin your yoga practice this afternoon. The River offers Headwaters: A Foundational Yoga Series with Kristen Boyle. This 4-week beginner’s series focuses on a key category of yoga poses each week, starting with standing poses and moving on to backbends, twists and binds, and beginning arm balances. Kindness Yoga on South Broadway offers a Hot Yoga Essentials Series with Nicole Hagg. This 6-week series breaks down the poses of the Kindness Hot series and workshops the poses in small groups.

Heal Your Joints with Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master Carrie Varela this afternoon at Root Yoga Center. This workshop combines Yin Yoga, lisa richyoga therapeutics and guided Reiki meditation. Or check out The Art of Advanced Postures: Inversions with Clara Lazaroff this afternoon at Mudra Yoga Studio.

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