Outlaw Yoga instructor back in town with a focus on community
If You Go...
What: Outlaw Yoga with Justin Kaliszewski and live music by Marco DiFerreira
When: 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27
Where: Sundance Studio, 385 Anglers Dr.
Cost:$20 in advance online or $25 at the door.
Steamboat Springs — On Sunday, Justin Kaliszewski, from Outlaw Yoga, will be back in Steamboat Springs with a focus that captures one of the themes of the 2016 Steamboat Movement Fest.
It all starts with community.
Not only is Kaliszewski drawn to the Steamboat community, he also strives to create a sense of unity and community in each of his yoga classes, workshops or training sessions.
“Community is about creating connection, whether that’s introducing people to my grandfather, teacher or sister,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s just about putting cool people all in the same room and seeing what happens, which could be nothing and everything. Every time I come up there, I’m different. I love everything about Steamboat.”
Kaliszewski will teach two classes Sunday at Sundance Studio, both featuring live music accompaniment from Marco Di Ferreira to influence the movement and Outlaw Yoga experience. The first is an Outlaw Yoga class from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a Yoga Nidra/meditation class from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Each class is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at steamboatmovementfest.com.
“Community is such a huge piece with his classes. He teaches to meet and greet people who come into the class and to connect with everyone,” said Cristen Malia, local yoga instructor and one of the organizers of the Steamboat Movement Fest. “You have this dialogue, and that’s not so normal in most yoga classes. We usually go into our own little world and maybe even ignore other people in the room who are moving and breathing.”
With a teaching style that embraces the up-tempo sounds of Beck, Michael Franti or Rage Against the Machine, Outlaw Yoga is an adrenaline-charged, power vinyasa that started in Denver at Kindness Yoga. Each class begins with “community time” and goes through various movements and teachings embedded in discipline and integrity.
“Within this community and connection of his classes, I think there becomes this awareness that we are not alone as we move through this,” Malia said. “All of my thoughts, fears and limiting beliefs are probably very similar to the person sitting next to me. So there is liberation in knowing that we are all in this together.”
Throughout the year, organizers from the Steamboat Movement Fest will be inviting teachers from around the country, as well as local instructors, to take part in their Sunday night Steamboat Movement Fest series.
“The intention is to keep people inspired and connected to create this community from all yoga studios in town featuring all styles,” Malia said. “We found that people are really excited about the Steamboat Movement Fest, and we wanted to keep that going, keep people inspired and doing their practice to go even deeper into discovering what yoga is and what it can offer us.”
According to Talaya Thomas, local instructor and organizer of the Steamboat Movement Fest, the momentum that gets people excited about yoga and Movement Fest is rooted in offering classes, workshops, training and lectures from speakers who are typically unavailable in smaller communities such as Steamboat.
“This is building off of what Colorado already is,” Thomas said. “It’s become a yoga Mecca, and to have a destination that is appealing, not only to people who are here to study, but for the teachers who come here too, (is our goal). That’s our vision — for people to come and experience the wealth of healers we have here.”
Not only will Kaliszewski be kicking off the Sunday night series of visiting and local yoga instructor classes, he will be back in Steamboat Springs in March for an Outlaw Yoga Teacher Training for all levels.
“The number-one thing about teacher training is that people will learn how to be great teachers, but they will also become great people,” Kaliszewski said. “What I get out of it is to see people grow and shine brightly. It just lights me up inside. I see so much possibility and a real sense of community in Steamboat. I’m so grateful every time I get to go there and every minute I get to be there.”
The training will take place in March, April, May, June and August at different times and dates, which can all be found on the Steamboat Movement Fest website, along with the pricing for the training. Early bird prices are offered before Feb. 7.
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