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Denver yoga calendar, week of July 21, 2014

To see the sun rise or set, or to feel the grass under your feet. This is the time to take your yoga practice outside to the park, the river, the garden or even to the bleachers at Red Rocks. For the sun shy, there’s great indoor yoga this week too.

Tuesday, July 22: Start your day with Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Yoga Teacher and Horticulturist Blake Burger teaches this all levels class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Don’t forget to bring your mat, a towel and water.

Thursday, July 24: Longtime meditation practitioner and teacher Barry Gillespie talks about the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and how this teaching can move us toward enlightenment. Join him tonight at Asana Studio in Arvada. Asanastudio.com
Enjoy an evening of Vinyasa, Violins and Vino at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Relax to live music after Blake Burger’s yoga class with your own picnic and wine. Bring a friend and pay at the door to get a discount.

Friday, July 25: Bright Star Events presents ShaktiSonics: An Evening of Kirtan, Mantra and Raga with Sheela Bringi at Mudra Yoga Studio. Sheela is a California-based classically trained singer, harpist and bansuri flutist.

Explore the meaning of consciousness and enlightenment with longtime meditation teacher Peter Russell at his evening talk, Awareness: Bringing Spirit Down to Earth. Peter also offers a weekend workshop, Effortless Meditation: The Art of Letting Go. Sign up for both of these Kindness Yoga Hilltop events to receive a discount.

Root Yoga Center presents Yoga on the River, along the South Platte River, with the practice led by Giulia Pecone and Sarah Tinkler to benefit Prana Fitness. Japadapta provides the live music and Paris on the Platte offers drink specials after the event.

Get out of town for Enchanted Tadasana: A Yoga and Outdoor Retreat in Wyoming with Karma Yoga Center’s Katrina Gustafson and Lisa Theis. The weekend includes yoga and meditation at the Shambhala Center, Medicine Bow Peak and Vedauwoo Recreation Area.

Saturday, July 26: CorePower Yoga presents the second annual Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. for this all-levels sunrise yoga practice. Check out the marketplace on the Upper Plaza after class for food and beverage samples from Whole Foods vendors. Buy a season pass to attend all four Saturdays of Yoga on the Rocks and get a discount.

Kosha Yoga Center offers Yoga in the Park at Littleton’s Geneva Park this morning. Nancy Nielsen leads this all-levels yoga class, with Kids Yoga Guide leading the yoga for the little ones. Or spend this and the next two Saturday mornings learning astrology with Rebecca Robbins at Vital Yoga.

Check out one of these afternoon workshops around town. Explore past lives with Sandy Kline at Asana Studio. If you’re a mother, Leanna Long and Caren Baginski help you Recharge Your Mama Power with yoga, meditation, self-care techniques and bonus offerings at The Freyja Project. Learn about the Yoga of Herbs, Making Earth Medicine from Your Garden with Lance Roehrig at Kosha Yoga Center. Or dive into Vedica Astrology with Dr. Henry Herzberger (Swami Ganapatyananda Saraswati) at the Shiva Sai Mandir.

Internationally renowed Paradisio and Rasamayi make a Western Tour stop tonight at Harmony Yoga for a Sound Healing Concert. Relax to the sounds of gemstone singing bowls and the world’s largest crystal didjeridoo. Or join local musicians Makaan Burt, Meg York, Michael Jochum and Richard Ball for yoga warm-ups, tribal belly dance patterns and acoustic music at their Healing Music and Yoga Dance Event tonight at Asana Studio.

Sunday, July 27: Mudra Yoga Studio hosts Amsterdam writer Eva Burke for her workshop, The Body Speaks, this afternoon. Eva guides the movement, meditation and spontaneous writing to explore the body through its feelings and stories. Learn basic massage techniques at Elise Fabricant’s Introduction to Massage this afternoon at Samadhi Center for Yoga & Meditation. Or escape the city heat for the Handstand Playshop at Avon’s Studio Anjali at The Westin. No matter what your ability and confidence level, learn to kick up and play in variations of the handstand.