Originally published in the Winter + Spring 2019 issue.
Telluride. I call it the Crown Jewel of Colorado. When I first moved to Colorado, each new place I went became my new favorite place and the most beautiful place on Earth. And that’s how it went until I finally visited Telluride, Colorado. Whoa. Oh, it definitely became my new favorite place and the most beautiful place on Earth but the difference is, nothing has unseated it from that top spot for years now. Tucked away in the San Juan National Forest in Southwestern Colorado, the absolutely stunning Telluride is home to some of the best festivals in the country like music, wine, film and YOGA.
The Telluride Yoga Festival began in 2008 with a vision of amplifying and elevating community yoga practice by bringing folks together in one of the most truly awe-inspiring places on Earth! And every year, their perfect mix of beauty, integrity, intention and inspiration bring us back again and again for more. The festival has experienced steady but sustainable growth each year in a time that the yoga festival scene has grown increasingly saturated and many have come and gone. What makes the Telluride Yoga Festival so special? Here are my top 3 reasons:
- Location, location, location. I’ve said it before. There’s just NOWHERE LIKE TELLURIDE. The quaint and historic downtown, the breathtaking scenery, and the community and vibe of a real mountain town are incomparable. If I had a dollar for every Front-ranger I’ve met that says “Yeah, I’ve heard it’s amazing but I’ve never been there”, I could retire to Telluride right now! Maybe it feels far away but its remoteness lends to its unsurpassed glory.
- The owners, Erika Henschel and Albert Roer are committed to curating an exceptional Yoga and wellness experience for attendees that requires them to do a lot of asking, listening, and evolving. They stay true to their values but remain open to possibilities. And each year, the Festival meets us right where we are, feeds our curiosity and supports our growth as humans. In addition to exceptional yoga classes, the festival is full of opportunities to expand your horizons off the mat. Want to climb the via ferrata? Try SUP yoga? Meditate in an aspen grove? Practice overlooking the San Sophia Mountains at sunset? Listen to some incredible music? It’s all on the docket for the weekend.
- The Telluride Yoga Festival is less interested in Yoga Influencers and more interested in seasoned, multi-faceted Yoga Teachers. Each year you can expect to find experienced teachers from many different lineages with different expertise, passions and points of view. This diversity helps students broaden and deepen both their understanding of Yoga as well as their own practice of it.
This is your year! Join me for the 12thAnnual Telluride Yoga Festival from June 27-30, 2019. You can thank me later!