The founders of Aspen’s Eco Fest have partnered with Aspen Yoga Society to add a yoga component to the event.
“We really want to highlight all different ways people can make the world a better place,” says Eden Vardy, founder of the environmental education non-profit Aspen T.R.E.E. and an Eco Fest organizer. “Yoga is a natural addition to all of the vendors and other activities that make Eco Fest a celebration of sustainability and this beautiful planet.”
The Aspen Eco Fest brings together earth-friendly vendors from all over the nation to showcase goods and services that are also good for the planet. The Aspen Yoga Society (AYS) is a local non-profit organization uniting community through yoga. The two organizations have combined forces to offer activities and events to highlight a sustainable planet, and a sustainable you.
Yoga is not only a physical exercise, it is a tool for developing the mind, body and spirit, according to AYS founder Gina Murdock. Through yoga, she says, practitioners learn more about themselves and become more aware in general. The benefits don’t just occur within the body, she says, yoga ripples far beyond the mat.
“I’ve found with my own yoga practice that I’m not only a better person – more grounded, less reactionary, more present - but I tend to think more about others as well,” Murdock says. “The practice of yoga helps develop a sense of empathy for myself, others and the entire planet — a realization that we are all one. ... This sense of unity which is at the heart of yoga becomes more present through every deep and mindful breath and movement.”
The yoga offerings at this year’s Eco Fest include a discussion and book-signing with internationally renowned yogi Rod Stryker. He’ll be discussing his new book, “The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Prosperity, Happiness, and Freedom.” Stryker will speak and sign books at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday, June 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m..
Immediately following Stryker’s presentation, all are invited to a “Yoga Rave,” with DJ Lior and live drumming. Murdock promises a “booty-shaking yoga class” with herself and local instructors Evan Rachel Soroka, Courtney Smith, and Kellyn Johnson.
They’re asking ravers to wear white. It’s $13 in advance or $18 at the door for Stryker’s talk and the rave.
On Sunday, AYS is hosting a “Yoga Day of Action” in Paepcke Park, running from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The yoga classes, presented with the environment in mind, are free and all levels of yoga practice are welcome.
Later that day, following Annie Flynn’s children’s concert, AYS is hosting a kids’ yoga session with instructor Shannon Jones.
For more information, visit www.aspenyogasociety.org  or