When Yoga Rocks the Park started rocking a few years ago, the idea was to bring yoga and music together in a setting that just made sense: outside, in the sunshine. And not only would the event make you feel good, it would help you do good, raising money for good causes. Initially proceeds went to the yoga community; this year's beneficiaries include the Give Back Yoga Foundation plus Urban Peak, Project Angel Heart and more local do-gooders. And there's more money to give, because Yoga Rocks the Park has been such an amazing success that it's expanded to twelve more cities -- including Boulder. See also: - I'm addicted to yoga. What are you on? - Ana Forrest on Fierce Medicine and her journey through yoga - Friday Night Yoga Club launches at Kindness Yoga
In 2010, organizer Erik Vienneau told us that he thought Yoga Rocks the Park had a vibe all its own: "All of the studios have their own vibe. Every studio has its independent kind of crowd. And this is the one event that happens every week where everyone comes together."
And three years later, the sense of unity is still strong. "The partners and people who sponsor the event are a big part of it -- the nonprofit organizations are really involved," says spokeswoman Traci Wallace. "So it's just a time to go and play. It's a time when the community really does come together -- and not in a cheesy way, but really bringing exposure to conscious businesses and new teachers, and coupling it with some live music."
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Yogis and yoginis from all over will be teaching, there's a great musical lineup and even a kids' yoga camp and vendors' market. Yoga Rocks the Park launches this Sunday, May 26, at Sunken Gardens Park; registration opens at 9 a.m. The event will continue on select Sundays throughout the summer, and the season closes on September 22. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the park. Visit http://yogarocksthepark.com/denver-schedule.