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Denver's Yoga Rocks the Park concert series highlights ties between Vail and the Front Range
Denver's Yoga Rocks the Park concert series will feature yoga and live music each Sunday through the summer at Denver's City Park, Congress Park, or Washington Park.
Courtesy Yoga World Reach

Denver's Yoga Rocks the Park concert series highlights ties between Vail and the Front Range

By Tom Boyd

May 18, 2009 —  Is it just me, or are Vail’s ties to Denver and the Front Range getting stronger all the time?

Yoga Rocks the Park summer lineup
Sunday May 24 Congress Park * Jamie Allison Music – Justin Allison Slack line with Kiara Boch

Sunday May 31 Congress Park * Regina Zwilling Music – MUSE OF TURIYA – Cheri Shanti Hula Hooping with April Mietz

Sunday June 7 City Park *** Casey Feicht Music – Staurt Allen

Sunday June 14 City Park *** Tina Porter Music – Chris Webb Hula Hooping with April Mietz

Sunday June 21 City Park *** Jen & Phil of Acro Yoga Colorado Music – Jen Pumo

Sunday June 28 City Park *** Mike Matsumura Music - Tom Boyd

Sunday July 5 Washington Park ** Jillian Wendt Music - Charlotte Kendrick

Sunday July 12 Washington Park ** Michelle Corriell Chris Webb Hula Hooping with April Mietz

Sunday July 19 Washington Park ** Shannon Page Schneider MUSIC – Rick Franz

Sunday July 26 Washington Park ** Karen Lerner Music – Jeremy Dion

Sunday Aug 2 City Park *** Janice Ingson & Rachel Nelson Music – Peak Rythms

Sunday Aug 9 City Park *** Shanti Medina Music - Scott Medina

Sunday Aug 16 City Park *** R.R. Shakti Music - Ariana Saraha

* Congress Park: Meet at: West side, near Josephine Street: Softball Field #1 near the southwest corner of the park. (Josephine and 8th Ave)

** Washington Park: Meet at: Northwest corner off of Downing and E Virginia Avenue. Volleyball field 2.

*** City Park: Meet at: West side of the park off of York & East 21st Avenue

At the end of a long winter, there are very few things more refreshing to a mountain dweller than a trip downslope to warmer climes. While Vail quietly endures the meteorological ups and downs of shoulder season, Denver and the Front Range are awash in warmth and greenery.

When the Yoga Rocks the Park concert (and yoga) series gets under way May 23, it will be a vibrant sign of spring’s arrival – and of the ties between Vail and the big city. World-renown yoga instructors - some with roots in Vail - hold outdoor classes at Denver parks each Sunday May 24 through Aug. 16, followed by performances by live musical acts.

The concert series benefits Yoga World Reach (, a philanthropic organization led by Shakti, a former Vailite, and organizer Erik Vienneau and I used to work together at the Vail Trail. And mountain dwellers were around every corner at last year’s Yoga Rocks festival at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons.

So, perhaps it’s nepotism, but this realvail blogger is also taking the stage at City Park on June 28 … so bring your yoga mat and come join us. And don’t worry if you’re new to yoga – I can’t even touch my toes and I still love the groove set by this one-of-a-kind organization.

It’s also worth coming to hear Neil Hebbert and his stand-up bass. Neil and I will take the stage after Mike Matsumara orchestrates a fun-loving outdoor yoga session.

Although each week at Yoga Rocks the Park is family friendly, the first Sunday of each month boasts a special yoga class that can be done by the whole family, including young children. Slack-lining and hula hooping also grace the festival-esque line-up.

Speaking of festivals, Yoga Rocks the Park is the warm-up to the music, yoga and camping fest dubbed Yoga Rocks Mountain Fest. The second annual weekend-long festival unfolds on the pristine 17-acre festival grounds of Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, Co Aug. 21- 23.

Learn more by calling Erik at (970) 390-4318 and check back to this site for more info as the summer unfolds.



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