Yoga has become so popular that animals have taken up the practice, mastering such poses as text-messaging teenager and ascending billboard defacer. Imitate yourself with today's Groupon to the Telluride Yoga Festival, occurring July 14–17. Choose from the following options:
• For $75, you get a single-day pass, which includes two to three workshops for any one day (a $150 value).
• For $150, you get a two-day pass, which includes four to six workshops over any two days (a $300 value).
• For $198, you get a three-day full-festival pass for as many workshops as possible over the course of July 15–17 (a $395 value). Three-day passes cannot be used for Thursday.
Nestled in the more than 13,000-foot white-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the Telluride Yoga Festival aggregates a world-spanning assortment of teachers, students, speakers, and stretchers for a weekend full of yoga camaraderie. A laundry list of intimate yoga workshops and classes showcases everything from the Mysore workshop—a style of Ashtanga Yoga—to the Sita, Ram, and Hanuman workshop, which combines advanced asanas and chanting. In the Flying, Floating, and Handstand Vinyasa class, esteemed yoga practitioner David Swenson guides students of all levels through the delicate arts of handstands, balancing, and blowing gum bubbles while upside-down. Participants can also pick and choose from an array of lunchtime workshops, performances, and panel discussions led by highly-regarded international teachers and experts. Classes take place in Telluride and the nearby Mountain Village, which can be reached via a quick walk or complimentary gondola ride that connects both destinations. Attendees are advised to bring their own yoga mats, equipment, and leashes for harnessing their chi.
Inspired and founded by yoga instructor Aubrey Hackman, the fourth annual Telluride Yoga Festival turns 25% off net profits to a local environmental nonprofit. The festival is a zero-waste event and maintains its green vision with eco-friendly practices such as recycling and hiring Captain Planet to be a keynote speaker.