It’s just 10 weeks ’til our move back to Colorado and I’m getting so excited! Here’s why….
2. Denver is flat. This means I will actually want to ride my fixie again. Since we’ve moved to Charlottesville in 2010 that poor little bike has been rather neglected. Denver also has good bike lanes and paths and that’s really nice.
3. Bhakti Chai. It’s the only pre-made chai worth drinking in America, IMO! Fresh pressed ginger juice gives it a fiery kick and it pairs perfectly with almond milk. During my Kundalini training in Boulder, Bhakti Chai was a complete godsend after those early morning sadhanas and before the long days of lectures and yoga practice.
4. A Kundalini Yoga community. I’m just going to go out and say it – the East Coast is still not ready for Kundalini Yoga. Compared to out West, there is very little going on here. I ended up taking a little break from teaching KY here because of the lack of response. I look forward to being near my teachers in Crestone and to arriving at a studio to teach knowing that some students will actually show! I miss practicing KY with community and sharing my love for the practice with others.
5. Crestone. It’s where FY and I met and fell in love. It’s where my ashram is and where my favorite teachers and healers are. It’s where I can go to reconnect to my most true self. FY and I are saving up money right now to buy a small parcel of land there to one day build our own little straw-bale house to which we will retreat when we need to reconnect and re-balance. A part of my heart resides in Crestone…it keeps calling me back.
6. Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants. It’s so much easier to find great veg food out West (NYC is the exception to the rule here on the EC…it rocks it at the vegan food for sure). I love Watercourse and City O’ City in Denver – super tasty vegetarian comfort food and even better hipster-watching!
7. My Brother and Sister. My brother lives in Boulder where he and his lovely wife run an artisanal cheese and wine shop called Cured. My sister is an event planner in Aspen where she lives with her husband. It will be so fun for the three of us to be back in the same state again! I love skiing with my sister in Aspen!
8. Hot Springs. I adore jumping in the car and escaping into the countryside to go to some hot springs. Whether they are hike-in, super remote springs, or just old pools from years ago, I don’t care. I just love to soak! I love discovering new hot springs and sharing the relaxing and joyful experience of soaking with friends. There are so many epic hot springs in Colorado and New Mexico. I have a few favorites, but I can’t wait to explore some new territory.
9. Yoga Studios Galore. Colorado is full of yoga practitioners. It hosts some fantastic yoga festivals and conferences. Denver itself has a gazillion yoga studios. I look forward to living in a place where it might actually be possible for me to make more than just over minimum wage teaching yoga! I’m also super psyched to explore new studios and meet new teachers from whom to learn and gain inspiration.
10. Practicing in a Shala Again. This is a big one. I miss shala life! My body misses it too. I know it’s not about this, but, I’ve only gotten 5 new poses since this time last year. My practice is kind of at a standstill. I need some more community and the help of a teacher – daily!!! Denver has a nice but small Ashtanga community under the guidance of authorized teachers. Can’t wait!
BONUS: Moving to Denver means that in a few years I will have my very own personal acupuncturist! Yippee! FY is going back to school and I’m so proud of him for making this career choice – it’s going to be awesome.
Do I have any Colorado readers out there? Make yourself known! Let me know what’s up in the yoga scene out there these days!
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