By Shareshten Senior
Photography by: Eagle Fest
Eagle Yoga Fest is any out-of-state yogi/mountain lover’s perfect October destination! The drive from Denver to the mountains of Eagle, Colorado, where the annual Fest is held, is one of the most beautiful drives in the state.
The Shakti team arrived Friday, the day before the festival started and pre-festival immersion workshops were taking place – yogis were all too excited to get a full day with a master teacher of yoga! Housing was easy to find on Airbnb, and we booked a sweet little cabin less than a mile from the event. The cabin met all our needs perfectly was the perfect getaway in the quaint mountain town of Eagle. The laid-back vibes welcomed us right in and the weather could not have been more beautiful. The trees were just to the end of their color. It would be fantastic if the festival were just a week or two earlier to catch the reds of the trees!
That night we attended the opening event: Glow Yoga with DJ Kirby K. The yogis were ecstatic and we even got a freelance in, but the most surprising part was the GLOW! We were invited to paint our bodies in blacklight receptive paint, and to wear white and colors that pick up the glow. If you head to Shakti Yogi Journal on YouTube, you can see us dancing in our glow-gear.
Saturday was a typically exhausting festival day: too many great classes, too little time. Some highlights were the plethora of Yin Yoga classes and multiple Yoga Nidra options. Corina Benner’s Yin class was a lovely reminder of the importance of being still and breathing. Jeremy Wolf yoked the you-know-what out of our bodies. Wobbly-legged and happy hearted is how we left his class—in tune and grounded down. Carson Efird was another favorite, bringing a Shiva Rae style and encouraging us to dive deeper into the Koshas (layers of existence). She had us all Spanda-Shakti’ed out! It so happened that her class was attended by all women! There was a mixture of breathing, asana, and journaling in between diving into the Koshas through practice.
We ate at a local brewery for dinner and then we hit the town for a yoga pants party contest mixed with socializing around a fire in the back of the bar. That night we encountered 5 friendly and playful dogs (between 5-60 lbs) who helped to break the ice for us humans, giving us a common joy to share. From there the conversations by the fire rose late into the night. On Sunday we went over to see the festival vendors and were delighted to find local talent on acoustic guitar. The vendors were fabulous local businesses geared towards healing and wellness. It was utterly surprising to see how many people were into healing in such a small town of only 6,500 people.
Yogis from all over the globe attended, although not in the numbers that this festival will draw in the coming years. This is for anyone who loves the mountains, mountain folk, yoga, meditation, and mile-high fun in the sun and on the mat. The Shakti Journal plans to attend again next year, and perhaps we will see you there!