Telluride Yoga Fest: Amy Ippoliti Returns
The 10th annual Telluride Yoga Fest, July 20 – July 23, features top-tier presenters such as Amy Ippoliti, plus hikes, SUP, music, inspirational talks, and more.
Please scroll down to listen to Amy Ippoliti’s podcast to learn more about her life and work and what she will be teaching at Yoga Fest.
Any action done with a high level of awareness is essentially yoga. Mindfulness and personal practice are synonymous and define a lifestyle, not a fitness craze. And professional yogis endeavor to design practices that help change consciousness and deepen awareness of oneself and the surrounding world.
World-renowned yoga instructor, author, and earth activist Amy Ippoliti has walked that talk since she was a young woman. Amy is known for her authentic style of teaching, intelligent sequencing, compelling and clear instruction – and engaging sense of humor.
Sustaining postural habits is one way the unconscious contains and restrict our range of choices. The mind builds its sandbox and in general we are restricted from playing outside those boundaries. Once we try to step out of an habitual movement pattern, we are constrained by our fascial network, which prevents us from going wild, literally and metaphorically.
Interested in breaking out of that connective-tissue straight jacket and the security of the familiar?
Want instead to transform yourself and learn to manifest joy and prosperity at all levels of your being?
The Telluride Yoga Fest begins Thursday, July 20, with a series of all-day intensives, 9 a.m, – 3 p.m. Amy Ippoliti is scheduled to teach Get Lakshmi in Your Posse: Abundance and Transformation.
“I actually designed my Yoga fest classes based on input from my students. I surveyed them about what they wanted to learn from me this year and the two areas people were most keen to pursue were yoga philosophy/stories and anatomy. So I tried to tailor my workshops around those topics,” Amy explained.
Lakshmi is the goddess of abundance and wealth, but also shows us how to turn our human liabilities into assets so we can make a greater contribution to the world around us. The intensive begins with satsang and storytelling, followed by an asana practice weaving Lakshmi’s teachings into the mix.
Amy’s Friday class, 8 – 10 a.m., River Deep, Mountain High is a flow that dives into standing poses, inversions, twists, hip openers, light heart opening, pranayama, and restoratives, overlaid with mindfulness, focus, intention – and plenty of fun along the way. The practice is designed to elevate and enliven, while giving our mind the respite it needs.
Later that same day, 1 – 3 p.m., Beyond the Yamas and Niyamas: Yoga in the Modern World gives a down-to-earth rundown of the yamas and niyamas, then Amy lead a full-spectrum practice to help take attendees to the next level of grace and freedom in their lives.
On Saturday morning, Amy leads with Heart of the Goddess: From Possibility to Action, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., another full-spectrum sequence that touches on a variety of poses using Amy’s impactful alignment techniques.
Amy closes out Yoga Fest weekend on Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with Yoga Nerd: Shoulder Anatomy and You.
Taking the time to understand your shoulder anatomy is a game-changer for a long-term yoga practitioner. After an enthusiastic overview of the shoulder girdle, Amy will help everyone align more effectively in chest and quad-opening poses, standing poses, sun salutations, and backbends while addressing common injuries such as rotator cuff, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
In addition to her classes, Amy is also joining in on a panel discussion about Vegetarianism and Political Activism, Friday at noon. She is also participating in the WordFlow Book Signing and Fair on Saturday at 1 p.m.
More about Amy Ippoliti:
Since the age of 14, Amy has been a champion of all forms of eco-consciousness and animal conservation, including recent forays into marine conservation with her partner Taro Smith.
After graduating high school, Amy traveled to Washington DC to an environmental conference where she met the late River Phoenix and his family. She and the group stayed on to lobby for the environment and animal welfare. While traveling with the Phoenix family and friends on breaks throughout college, Amy’s commitment to the earth, health, and animals became heightened.
Amy is an enthusiastic advocate for sustainable farming and effectively reducing our carbon footprint by making informed decisions about what we eat and what we buy.
At 16, Amy’s mother asked if she would like to try yoga for the first time. Amy continued to study yoga with various teachers based in the Sivananda tradition throughout high school, college, and beyond. She also tours to perform kirtan and, on occasion, records.
A pioneer for advanced yoga education serving both students as well as fellow yoga teachers, in 2012, Amy co-founded 90Monkeys, an online professional development school that has enhanced the skills of yoga teachers and studios in 65 countries around the globe.
In 2016 Amy co-authored “The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga,” which has become a staple in yoga teacher trainings across the globe.
Amy Ippoliti is a faculty member at the 1440 Multi University, Omega Institute, Esalen and Kripalu and a regular presenter at the Yoga Journal Conferences and events like the Telluride Yoga Festival.