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Steamboat Movement Fest returns Aug. 11 to 14

Teresa Ristow
Lindsay Balgooyen takes part in a movement class at the Rocky Mountain Day Spa yoga studio at the Sheraton during the 2015 Steamboat Movement Fest.
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If you go:

What: Steamboat Movement Fest

When: Thursday through Sunday, August 11 to 14

Where: West Lincoln Park, 1305 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets/info: steamboatmovementfest.com

— The second annual Steamboat Movement Fest, a four-day explosion of yoga, music, dance and all things movement, returns to Steamboat Springs Aug. 12 through 14.

Festival co-founders Kristen Rockford and Talaya Thomas said the festival’s new location at West Lincoln Park will give the event a greater presence in town and offer more outdoor time for attendees.

Opening ceremonies for the festival are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12, and will feature live music and a chant for peace with artist Shea Freedom, a weekend astrology reading, community meditation and a community yoga class.

Thomas and Rockford have assembled an impressive group of instructors from Colorado and across the country, including Tyrone Beverly, a Denver yoga instructor known for bringing more diversity to an activity stereotypically more popular among white women.

“He’s quite amazing,” Thomas said.

Beverly began practicing yoga more than 10 years ago, and through his Im’Unique organization, he’s set out to bring yoga to places and people who might otherwise never try to the practice. He’s held multiple classes in Wal-Mart stores, museums, zoos and Sports Authority Field in Denver.

“He gets thousands of people to come out and do yoga,” Thomas said.

Beverly will lead classes at noon Aug. 13 and 9 a.m. and noon Aug. 14, and he encourages both beginners and experienced yoga practitioners to give yoga a shot.

“Some of the best things we can do is expose ourselves to new things,” Beverly said. “That’s how we keep growing and evolving.”

Instructor Rusty Wells, creator of Bhakti Flow Yoga, will travel from the San Francisco area to teach two classes, “I Am A Tree” at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 and “Booty Camp” at 8 a.m. Aug. 14.

Rockford and Thomas called Wells the festival’s headliner and described him as an effective instructor who can push participants further than they believe possible.

“He can teach you a posture you didn’t even know you could do,” Thomas said. “It means a lot that we get to host a teacher of this caliber.”

Organizers have scheduled 28 instructors to teach classes; about half are local, and half will be traveling to Steamboat.

Other weekend activities include kids yoga, storytelling, African dance and drumming and standup paddle boarding yoga.

Attendees can purchase a one-day ticket to the festival or a full weekend pass, and tickets for some events are sold separately. Tickets and a schedule of classes are available at steamboatmovementfest.com.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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