Don’t miss out on a truly magical and authentic yoga festival in Telluride this July 9-12, 2015

The 8th Annual Telluride Yoga Festival is a 4-day event featuring over 100 offerings including yoga, meditation, music, hiking, dining, social gatherings and more.  Intimate workshops are held throughout the towns of Telluride & Mountain Village in eclectic and historic venues with stunning views of the majestic mountains surrounding the Telluride area…making it a unique and special gathering unlike any other.  

There will be over 40 Presenters this year include Sianna Sherman, Tias Little, Christina Sell, Peter Sterios, Micheline Berry, Gina Caputo and R.R. Shakti! 

For details or to purchase passes, go to  
It's that time again! The Leadville IPY Tribe is exploring the Upanishads and creating beautiful and authentically individualized responses to their favorite passages. Below is a submission of artwork and poetry by Jackie Allen. See more in the Tribe Art Gallery
Mundaka POEM
Beautiful as the darkness between the fireflies
Intrinsic as the virtue of the oak contained within the acorn
Infinite potentiality for eternal unfolding
Through Atman’s transcendence and wisdom shall Brahman be found. 
Atman is the fireflies – Brahman the darkness between;
Atman the creatures – Brahman the ONE life of all, no eyes have seen. 
Atman tastes the sweetness and bitter fruits of life;
Brahman is SUPREME and above Atman’s strife.
To see Brahman – you do not need eyes
The illusion of Brahman, is Atman in disguise.
To feel Brahman – you do not need hands
The essence of Brahman is within and beyond Atman’s lands. 
To express Brahman – you do not need even a single word...

faith+love= Devotion
Bhakti is Love of another kind. It is deep and steadfast devotion. 

Recently an STF sent me an email with the following message: 

“On a different note, I want to ask you a question about devotion. When did you learn the meaning of devotion?  And how?  I feel like there are so many different things to be devoted to—yoga, work, lovers, ourselves—but I have found it challenging, at times, to sustain that devotion. Any insight would be invaluable.”

In a later conversation she expounded that devotion was something she had always been afraid of, but had come to see in it both beauty and strength. She found that having devotion in her everyday life was the challenge. She is not the first STF to inquire about bhakti, heart wide open and ready to experience Love of another kind. 

The Sufi poet, Rumi, wrote: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” This is the challenge of the bhakti yogin: to remove the barriers to Love. 

Bhakti is a beautiful mystery. It cannot be feigned, but it must be practiced... 

Happy Winter Solstice!
It's cold. 
It's dark. 
These wintery days and long nights provide stillness for deep reflection and contemplation. Honor where you have been, what you have become. Meditate on where you're going. What is your true heart's desire? Underneath the snow and ice, the soil is rich and ready to germinate the seeds of your most authentic intentions. Shed the layers of limitation! A new year, full of potential, is just around the corner. 

Inner Power Yoga® Teacher Trainings and Yoga Psychology Workshops will be offered in 2015. If you aim to begin yoga, to teach yoga or to deepen your beautiful practice, don't hesitate! As JoJo says in the video below: "If you have been thinking about it, you are meant to do it." Do it!...Just do it. 
My life has been relatively easy...but we all have our struggles. 
Drugs, Sex and Rock and Roll riddled my 20s with plenty of strife, from abusive relationships to terminated pregnancy. 

Today, I am grateful to be drug-free. I am grateful that sex has a meaningful and sacred place in my life. And Rock and Roll? Well, I will always be grateful for Rock and Roll! 

But what amazes me more than anything is the transformational power of Love. I am so grateful for all the different ways and flavors of Love. And I am grateful for all the gifts it brings... 

By Shannon Paige 

When asked to share my feelings on gratitude, what I was most grateful for, and to offer something that might inspire that feeling in others, I smiled and knew just what I would share. Just over a month ago, at the ripe old age of 42, I legally adopted a 20-year-old woman named Victoria Devine. To those who don’t know me well, this decision seemed a little odd. To those who do know me, it may have seemed perfectly in step with my unconventional way of walking my own path through this world. In truth, it was one of the most natural, positive, and profound decisions I have ever made...

By Benjy Wertheimer
As we approach Thanksgiving this year, I am reminded of one of the most incredible (and improbable) founts of gratitude I’ve ever known. Sometimes the most challenging experiences of our lives offer us the greatest opportunity to recognize how blessed we are.  

Almost exactly three years ago, one of the events I always fear most – while logging literally hundreds of thousands of miles on tour – happened to us in South Dakota en route to the final three dates of our national tour in autumn of 2011...