Telluride Yoga Festival: a four days of non-stop yoga!
This June, over 950 yoga practitioners will descend on the tiny mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, for the 12th Annual Telluride Yoga Festival. It’s four days of non-stop yoga, with over 40 world class presenters, teachers, and speakers. There are over 100 events that include not only yoga, but guided meditation, music, hiking, dining, SUP yoga, social gatherings and much more. And all of this takes place in a gorgeous setting of mountains, pine trees, and waterfalls. So it’s no surprise that Telluride usually finds a place on every Top Ten list of yoga gatherings.
Nestled among the imposing and picturesque San Juan Mountains, Telluride is a small town with a big reputation. Known for the amazing skiing season, the incredible views, and the nationally known bluegrass and film festivals that happen here every year, the town is full of people who love the healthy mountain life. Despite being 45 miles from the nearest stoplight with only 2,426 full-time residents, there are several permanent yoga studios in town.
So it makes sense that a yoga festival would be embraced here. Over the four days of the festival, participants can take classes like “The Skill of Chill: Your Nervous System and the Energy Body,” or “Foundations of Flight: Inversions for Wallflowers.” There are sound baths, astrology sessions, even cannabis yoga experiences, because this *is* Colorado. Do a labyrinth walking meditation, then spend the afternoon doing backbends among the pines, doing a little journaling, or learning hands-free thai yoga massage. If you get tired of all the yoga, there are biking events, a 5k, and a myriad of hikes to go on throughout the gorgeous canyon Telluride calls home. At the very end of the festival, there is a sunset yoga class to give everyone a chance to say goodbye to the mountains.
In Telluride itself, visitors will find several world class restaurants and bars. Over 30 hiking trails wind all around the canyon walls and hills, including such famous sites like Bridal Veil Falls, Ajax Peak, and Hope Lake. The really intrepid can try whitewater rafting, mountain biking, or test their rock climbing prowess on the Via Ferrata, a 2.5 mile hike/climb which takes you close to the thundering, sparkling Bridal Veil Falls, high above the canyon.
The festival was founded in 2007 with the mission to promote health and wellness in the community, by making yoga accessible to everyone. They partner with several organizations, like the One to One Mentoring Program, which helps at-risk youth in local San Miguel County and the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which sponsors yoga service projects aimed at underserved, under resourced populations like at-risk teens, veterans, first responders, and prisoners. Between some of the most well known teachers in the country, the dedicated volunteers, and the other participants, you’re sure to meet some of the most interesting yoga practitioners in the country.
For more information on the Telluride Yoga Festival, and what’s in store for 2019, check out their website at http://www.tellurideyogafestival.com/