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The Telluride Yoga Festival, which takes place in July. Photo courtesy of Joanie Schwarz Photography

6 Summer Yoga Festivals to Nurture Mind, Body & Spirit

Deepen your practice with other like-minded friends at one of these yogic gatherings.

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Infuse your summer schedule with one (or two) of these yoga festivals sprinkled throughout the state.

Hanuman Festival
When: June 15–18
Where: Boulder High School Great Lawn, Boulder
Whether you’ve never done a Downward Facing Dog or are a Birds of Paradise master, this fest is a fun, adventurous celebration for yogis of all levels. World-renowned yoga and meditation teachers, including Colorado locals Dayna Seraye and Rod Stryker, will offer a variety of classes, round-table discussions, and workshops that span a range of yogic topics and genres. With Stryker’s Tantra and Heart Lotus class, unlock the latent power of your heart, where, according to tantra traditions, keys to the “highest fortune” are kept. Then shake it all out with a balance-intensive class set to the Beatles and Biggie’s tunes. The three-day event also incorporates activities like slacklining, hiking, and live music. Tickets: $10–$997

Breathe Yoga Festival
When: June 23–25
Where: City Park, Fort Collins
This festival is bound to be educational for yogis looking to deepen and diversify their practice. Take a Blindfolded Slow Flow class, where you’ll eliminate your outward sight in order to heighten your inner gaze. Then jump into a Fire Flow Vinyasa with live music to keep your energy high while you move from posture to posture. Beginning yogis can get “Down To The Basics” with Fort Collins-based teacher Teressa Brown, and build upon safe alignment techniques. Among the dozens of spiritual workshops that will supplement your physical practice, the Crystal Sound Session with Alchemy Singing bowls is one you shouldn’t pass up; it’s a form of sound therapy that will leave you with that happy-go-lucky feeling even after the weekend comes to a close. Tickets: $79–$149

Wanderlust Denver
When: July 15
Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
Ditch the standard run-bike-swim combo; this day-long “mindful triathlon” will move your body and mind. Alongside the three main events—a 5K run, an outdoor yoga class, and a meditation session—you’ll have the option to customize your experience in the afternoon by adding on other activities like acroyoga, a hula-hooping class, or an outdoor photography class. Alternatively, focus on your mental and emotional health while learning how to make healing essential oil blends at one of the four workshops produced by Stinky Yogi. Tickets: $20–$49

Telluride Yoga Festival
When: July 20–23
Where: Telluride High School, Telluride
There’s nothing like waking up and saluting the sun at the base of a fourteener, and then grooving to world-renown DJs once the constellations appear. Over the weekend, choose from more than 120 events, which range from traditional yoga classes, workshops (think: creative flow building and handstand practice), and healthy nutrition classes taught by Jeff Jepsen, chef at Manitou Springs’ Sun Mountain Center. At night, you can experience a Yoga Dance Party led by Eric Paskel, founder and owner of Electric Soul Yoga, and DJ Taz Rashid. This event is kid-friendly, so don’t shy away from introducing the little ones to the concurrent, activity-packed Kids Yoga Camp, which runs all weekend with classes like Circus Yoga, Mandala Painting, and “Freeze Yoga.” Tickets: $20–$460.

Yoga On the Mountain
When: August 11–13
Where: Snowmass Village, Snowmass
This high-energy weekend is the newest Colorado yoga fest. It’s power-yoga focused, replete with strength-based classes, organized runs, and sunrise hikes, and is designed to challenge your physical practice. Don’t worry, classes like the partner Thai massage session and an “Eating for Energy + Seasons + Body Type” nutrition class are scheduled to restore and balance the energy you’ll expend during all the yoga flows. Tickets: $99–$349

Eagle YogaFest
When: September 29–October 1
Where: Brush Creek Park, Eagle
Take a breather from the intensely physical side of yoga at this festival. This soulful event is filled with slow-moving, nurturing classes like “Yin Yoga to Reveal Your Inner Joy” and “Slow Flow: Nourish an Active Body and Mind.” Lectures on aromatherapy, biomechanics and anatomy will complement the grounding yoga sessions. The nightly acoustic music concerts include Hardscrabble, an Eagle-based bluegrass band, that will grace the mountain air with their tunes. Tickets: $30–$95

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