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Breast density and what it means for you, according to the new medical director of Shaw Cancer Center’s Breast Care Program

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in addition to reminding women to do self-breast-exams regularly and schedule a mammogram per their doctor’s recommendations, there is another topic that women should be aware of: breast density.

Dense breast tissue refers to the appearance of breast tissue on a mammogram and is a normal and common finding. Dense breast tissue is detected on a mammogram and can be found in all sizes of breasts.

“Half of the women who have a mammogram will have dense breast tissue,” said Dr. Julie Barone, medical director of the Breast Care Program at Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards. According to the Shaw Cancer Center, women with dense breasts have a four to six times higher risk of developing breast cancer and in Eagle County, more than 60% of women have dense breasts.

According to Dr. Barone, dense breast tissue is more common in:

  • Younger women (breast tissue tends to become less dense as women age);
  • Women with lower body mass index (women with less body fat are more likely to have dense breast tissue)
  • Postmenopausal women who take hormone replacement therapy

“Dense breasts can make it more difficult to detect breast cancer on a mammogram since dense breast tissue can hide a potential cancer,” Dr. Barone said.

The phrase “finding a snowball in a snowstorm” is a good way to describe it. Dense breast tissue appears whitish in color on mammograms, which is similar to how cancer appears on mammograms. In addition to an annual mammogram, women with dense breasts may benefit from additional technology.

“Mammograms are still the most effective screening tool for detecting breast cancer. Women with dense breasts should get a 3-D mammogram or breast tomosynthesis,” Dr. Barone said. “Tomosynthesis uses X-rays to collect multiple images of the breast from several angles to form a 3-D image of the breast,” Dr. Barone said.

At Sonnenalp Breast Imaging at the Shaw Cancer Center, they offer automated whole breast screening ultrasound. Breast ultrasound may detect some cancers not seen on a mammogram.

“A breast MRI is another imaging modality which is useful in patients with dense breasts who also have a greater than 20% risk of developing breast cancer based on a risk calculation performed at the time of mammogram or performed at the time of the visit with the breast surgeon,” Dr. Barone said.

Despite all the advanced technology available in Eagle County, Dr. Barone says being your own advocate is key.

“In addition to an annual mammogram, women should get an annual breast exam with their doctor. Not all cancers can be seen via breast imaging. If you or your doctor feels a lump, even if the imaging does not show an abnormality, you should see the breast specialist for evaluation,” Dr. Barone said. “If we can detect breast cancer early, we can save lives.”

Pumpkin races, artwalks, mindfulness and live music: Tricia’s weekend picks 10/09/20

ARTwalk in Eagle

It’s the second Friday of the month and that means that Eagle ARTS is hosting another ARTwalk from 5-8 p.m. Parts of Broadway in downtown Eagle will be blocked off so guests can stroll down the street take advantage of specials at participating businesses. Stop by the various booths that line the street and celebrate the arts and celebrate the fact that you have a fun, socially-distanced activity to do on a Friday night.

In addition to the art and business offerings, there will be a special street dance performance by students of More 2 Dance Studio at 6:30 p.m. and live music by The Evolution from 5-7 p.m. Then DJ Kirby will start spinning tunes at Katch of the Day from 7–9 p.m.

Don’t miss this month’s ARTwalk Scavenger Hunt, which has become popular. Download the app and follow the clues to different businesses on Broadway. Finding unique art could earn you a prize.  

The Vail Valley Art Guild’s Eagle Gallery at 108 W. Second Street will be having its Second Friday event in conjunction with the Eagle ARTS event. From 5 to 8 p.m., stop by the gallery and view the work of featured artist Missy Octave. In addition to Octave, other artists include Cindy Kelleher, Soodi Lick, Christine Sena and Barbara Holden. The gallery will also feature works by photographers Raymond Bleeze, Rick Spitzer and Jon Sheppard as well as ceramics by Ann Loper and woodworking by Ken Kolano.

Admittance to the ARTwalk is free and tickets to participate in the scavenger hunt are $5 per person and available for purchase at www.eaglearts.org.

Gypsum Fall Festival

Gypsum is hosting its Fall Festival by spreading people throughout the town hall and library parks, Lundgren Amphitheater, and even Lundgren Street to provide a socially-distanced celebration.

Costumes are encouraged as folks come out to enjoy the various activities for all ages. Zone One (Lundgren Amphitheater) will have a “daylight friendly” movie screen and will be showing “Ghostbusters” at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. followed by a costume parade.

Zone Two (Gypsum Library Pavilion and Lawn) will house the food and live music with bands from 1 to 7 p.m. Food trucks will be available and don’t forget to sign up for the Apple Cider Holding Competition at 2 and 5 p.m. There will be adult and child categories.

Zone Three (Lundgren Blvd.) features a pumpkin decorating contest, pumpkin race and ax throwing. Heats in the pumpkin race will go off at 1:15, 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. Ax throwing will happen between 1 and 7 p.m.

All information on the races, costume contest and decorating contest can be found at townofgypsum.com.

World Mental Health Day

Saturday is World Mental Health Day and local suicide prevention group SpeakUp ReachOut has several ways to get involved.

“World Mental Health Day is a day to remind us to slow down and acknowledge what we need for mental wellness,” said Erin Ivie, executive director of the nonprofit SpeakUp ReachOut. “This year we are offering most of the sessions online so that more people can participate. Intentional mental health care is more important than ever as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ivie said.

Schedule (some events are in-person and streaming):

8 a.m. – Virtual Meditation with Becky Hesseltine

9 a.m. – Yoga/Meditation with Twyla Gingrich of Samya Yoga Healing

10:30 a.m. – Mindfulness Mandala with Alpine Arts Center

12 p.m. “A Mental Health Toolkit for COVID-19” – Lunch and Learn with Dr. Justin Ross

1 p.m. – Financial Wellness Basics w/ Michelle from Cornerstone Financial

2 p.m. – “Practical Steps to Taking Control of Your Life” – Tess Johnson of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.

If you don’t have enough time to participate in these events online or in person, Ivie said they are suggesting that everyone takes 10 minutes out of their day to just be still.

“Suicide is complicated and is rarely caused by one factor. The pandemic affects everyone in a different way and therefore it is difficult to predict how this will affect suicide rates in our community. With that said, being aware of your own mental health and what is happening for your friends and loved ones is more important than ever, ” Ivie said. To learn more, go to speakupreachout.org.

Pop-Up Music

Scott Rednor, musician and owner of the Shakedown Bar in Vail Village has been busy playing all over the place this summer. Where there’s a stage, there’s a show and Rednor and his talented team of musical friends will host a few more pop-up shows before the month is over.

This Saturday, follow the sounds of the music in Lionshead and sit back and listen to free live music between 2 and 7 p.m. This week’s band is Mark Levy & Friends featuring Scott Rednor, Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Rednor hasn’t been able to host musical performances at Shakedown Bar at the top of Bridge Street. He created Shakedown Presents and approached the town of Vail with a few ideas for music during the pandemic. Rednor has so many connections in the music world that he’s been able to bring plenty of performers to the Vail Valley and play at pop-up locations throughout town and at the main stage in Ford Park.

“It’s been a blast!” Rednor said. “It’s been fun to explore all the new opportunities. The town of Vail has been supportive and we’ve learned a lot about what live music can do for businesses who are near the pop-up stage,” Rednor said.

If you miss this Saturday, Shakedown Presents will host shows from 2 to 7 p.m. for the next four Saturdays with a special Halloween show on Oct. 31. For more information visit shakedownpresents.com.

Cocktails and Canvas

The Alpine Arts Center is hosting its popular Cocktails and Canvas event this Saturday where adults get to show their creativity while also having an adult beverage. Alpine Arts Center provides all the supplies and instruction for a group project.

Advanced registration required and it’s $45 per person to attend the class. Due to COVID-19, classes are available in-person or virtual. You can still participate via Zoom and that cost is $25 per person, but it doesn’t include materials. You can purchase class kits if you don’t have the right supplies at home.

Get those creative juices flowing with wine or beer for $6 a glass. Please note, you can’t bring in your own alcohol, all alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the Alpine Arts bar. There are some non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available, too.

This Saturday’s class is painting on canvas, but Alpine Arts mixes up the mediums and also has classes working with clay, glass etching, encaustic wax and more.

Follow Alpine Arts Center’s social media pages and website for more details on which classes are offered and look for Halloween-themed classes this month. For more information, go to alpineartscenter.org.

Sacred Cycle hosting virtual, in-person event on Wednesday to empower survivors of sexual abuse, assault

Due to this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits have had to come up with new ways to support their missions. The Sacred Cycle, which empowers survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault through therapy and cycling, is hosting a month-long virtual fundraiser with a goal of raising $30,000.

The virtual fundraiser started on Sept. 14 and goes through Oct. 12. Beyond asking for donations, the Sacred Cycle Virtual Heal Campaign also fosters community by hosting group bike rides, picnics, live painting classes on Zoom and virtual happy hours with games and other means of interaction between participants and more.

During its final week of the Virtual Heal Campaign, Sacred Cycle will host an event called Defining Success with keynote speaker Trish Kendall and panelists on the topic of overcoming obstacles on Oct. 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Kendall’s story starts at the pit of her despair and how she overcame many obstacles to find the success and happiness she embraces today. Kendall believes that her single most important lesson in life is that love is your choice.

There will also be a panelist discussion after Kendall speaks that will focus on how to support a survivor, watch for signs and build awareness offering the expertise of these local experts:

This will be an in-person event as well as streamed online to accommodate COVID-19 regulations and also allow this message to be heard by more people. The Highline Hotel in West Vail will host the event in the ballroom and is limited to 50 people. The Sacred Cycle asks that you RSVP for free or donation-based tickets at EventBrite.

The goal of the Virtual Healing Campaign is to raise $30,000 and was chosen because that amount covers the price of a five-month program for 15 women. Sacred Cycle helps women in Eagle County, Denver County and the Roaring Fork Valley, so it is looking to serve five women per region.

Sacred Cycle was founded in 2016 by Heather Russell during a long mountain bike training ride. Russell was a victim of sexual abuse and found that being out in nature and biking helped her heal. Through her graduate studies and working with sexual trauma survivors, she believed that biking, therapy and a sense of community could heal others. Sacred Cycle helps clients discover barriers and break through them to become more confident in their personal recovery journey. For more information, visit sacredcycle.org.

Had COVID-19? Your plasma is in demand

The Vail Valley was known as a hot spot for COVID-19 early on during the pandemic and now it’s a hot spot for convalescent plasma donations. If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, you can play a vital role in helping patients recover.

Over half a dozen mobile convalescent plasma drives have taken place in Vail since April. Dr. Nadine Lober, a local veterinarian who had COVID-19 back in March, had been driving to Denver to donate a few times when she started thinking about how she could bring the plasma drives to Vail.

With the help of Lober’s sister, Dr. Alma Juels, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the pair was able to coordinate with Vitalant to organize a mobile convalescent plasma drive twice a week for a month this spring. Vitalant is the country’s second-largest independent blood provider with nearly 1,000 centers across 40 states.  

“The participation from our Vail Valley community has been tremendous. All 16 slots were filled each day so we were able to collect as much plasma as we could during each drive. Each convalescent plasma donation can help up to three people in critical condition in an ICU ward battling the disease,” Lober said.

Saving lives, saving beds

Although giving plasma to COVID-19 patients is still experimental, it’s been shown to benefit those fighting the virus.

“In some states where COVID-19 is spiking, they are actually giving plasma to COVID-19 patients and they can recover at home instead of taking up a bed,” Lober said.

The latest study entitled “Effect of Convalescent Plasma on Mortality of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19: Initial Three Month Experience” is showing promising results of using convalescent plasma to help those afflicted with COVID-19 recover faster. The Mayo Clinic served as the academic research organization conducting the study.

The idea of using transfusions of plasma isn’t new. The report states that passive antibody transfer, including convalescent plasma or serum, has previously been used to treat infectious diseases that involve the respiratory system.

“This therapeutic approach was established early in the last century and included widespread use of convalescent plasma for treatment of the 1918 influenza. In this context, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has revived interest in the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Although there is substantial interest in the use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, the efficacy signals are preliminary” the report said.

Dr. Lober personally knows a few people who were severely affected with COVID-19 symptoms and were given the convalescent plasma and it helped them.

It saved my life,” said Dr. Christoper Ciarallo with Denver Health, who was given convalescent plasma from a plasma collection drive in Vail when he was stricken with COVID-19. “I’m so grateful to Dr. Lober and Dr. Alma Juels for starting this plasma drive with the wonderful Vail Valley residents who have donated, and those who will.”

“The reward is getting a text from Vitalant saying that your plasma helped save a life,” Lober said.

During these difficult times when everybody is under stress and feeling helpless, Lober said it feels good to be able to give back.

“It has been very rewarding, I can’t even put it into words, but to participate in the success of treating sick patients and now that they are finding that giving convalescent plasma to patients early in the disease can prevent them from becoming even more ill is amazing,” Lober said. “I want to thank the Valley Valley for helping so many patients with the disease.”

Vitalant will be hosting a blood and convalescent plasma drive on Aug. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon. For more information and to find out if you qualify to give convalescent plasma or blood and to make an appointment, contact Vitalant at 303-363-2300 or go to https://donors.vitalant.org/dwp/portal/dwa and reference code 10252.

Who can donate plasma

Not just anyone can donate convalescent plasma. The FDA is guiding blood centers on how to qualify these donors. According to Dr. Samantha Mack, Vitalant’s Medical Director for this region, you must meet four criteria:

  • You need to have a laboratory copy of a confirmed COVID-19 nasal swab test.
  • After being symptom-free for 14 days, you can repeat the nasal swab test showing a negative result. Or you can wait to be symptom-free for 28 days and you won’t need a second nasal swab test.
  • If you have not had a positive nasal swab test but had the COVID-19 symptoms and were sick and got a positive antibody test.
  • You have to qualify as a regular blood donor. Visit Vitalant.org for more information on general blood donation eligibility.

Open for Business: Wax It Skin Studio

Name of business: Wax It Skin Studio

Physical address: 70 Benchmark Road #101A Avon, CO 81620

Phone number: 970-343-4728

Email: booking@waxitskinstudio.com

Website: http://waxitskinstudio.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are a full-service skincare and aesthetics studio that offers various types of skin treatments such as microneedling, dermaplaning, and organic custom facials as well as waxing services. Eyebrows are our specialty! We have a variety of specialty brow treatments such as brow henna, brow lamination, and microblading, a semi-permanent technique used to create full, symmetrical, perfectly-shaped eyebrows. 

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

In our line of work, cleanliness, sanitation, and disinfection are imperative! Everyone is required to wear a facemask at all times during all services. Guests are kindly asked to wash their hands upon entering the spa. We’ve added Dyson HEPA air filters to improve air quality and circulation. Additionally, we’ve added extra time in between each guest to ensure plenty of time for proper sanitation practices. 

The hardest change has been our no-touch greeting policy; all we want to do right now is to give everyone a big hug! Eventually, we hope this will change, but for now, air hugs and elbow bumps will have to do.

How can the community support you?

Come in and see us; we want to get to know you and be your go-to for all things brows, skin and beauty! We want to give back to our community and say thank you to all those who’ve supported us during this crazy, difficult time. During the month of July, get 20% facial treatments. Mention this deal while booking your appointment or during your appointment to receive the discount. 

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Check out our website at waxitskinstudio.com for current availability. Follow our Facebook page or Instagram (@waxitskinstudio) for news, deals, last-minute openings, fun spa content and local specials. 

What’s the response been? What comments have you heard from the public or from your employees? 

Everyone is so excited to be back in the studio, clients and staff included! We all feel giddy getting back into our self-care routines, especially after an emotionally taxing time. We’ve had nothing but positive responses from our guests and we are so thankful for that! We’ve really missed taking care of people. It feels very comforting getting back to some sort of “normal” routine again, even if it’s a little different!

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

Operating safely and responsibly is most important. We are following strict cleaning and disinfection practices while staying aware and informed of current regulations and prioritizing our own health. We’re fortunate to live in such a beautiful place with the mountains as our playground! The future may bring some more ups and downs, but for now, we are optimistic and hopeful that things are on the upward swing. 

Open for Business: Eye Pieces of Vail

Name of Business: Eye Pieces of Vail

Locations: Stores in Vail, Lionshead, Beaver Creek, Edwards and Snowmass

Email: CustomerService@EyePiecesofVail.com

Website: eyepiecesofvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

At Eye Pieces, we provide a world-class selection of sunglasses, glasses, and goggles all available in prescription. We also provide eye exams, telehealth eye exams, contact lenses, cleanings and repairs for eyewear.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

The team at Eye Pieces can now bring the shopping experience to you! From the comfort of your home, our opticians can come to you with the latest styles in eyewear for the ultimate private shopping experience. In our stores, our staff is working diligently to sanitize our showrooms, medical equipment and all product. We are asking customers to also wear facemasks while in the store and practice social distancing.

How can the community support you?

Gift cards are a great option for customers that can’t visit us right now. We also love Google reviews.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Customers and the community can keep up to date with our offerings through Instagram (@eyepieces1984), Facebook (Eye Pieces of Vail and Snowmass) and our Website (EyePiecesofVail.com)

What’s the response been?

We have gotten a great response from the public and customers who are eager to get essential services and products for all their vision needs. We are so grateful for the support from all of our amazing customers, neighbors and community during this time.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

We are so excited to have all six of our stores back open and to have our wonderful team of opticians back. Moving forward, we want our customers to know that we are here for them in-store seven days a week and able to accommodate them through private appointments if needed.

Open for Business: Revolution Power Yoga

Name of business: Revolution Power Yoga

Physical address: 101 Fawcett Road / Avon, CO / 81620

Phone number: 970-748-3176

Emailinfo@revolutionpoweryoga.com

Website: www.revolutionpoweryoga.com   

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

At Revolution Power Yoga, our purpose is to elevate, transform and empower community to live in possibility, connection and discovery. We are all about community. We are a Baptiste Affiliate studio and all of our teachers have either trained directly with us or with Baptiste Yoga. Whether it is the first time on your mat or you have been doing yoga for several years, everyone is welcome. Our goal is to have our members leave Revolution connected to something bigger in their lives. You can expect to feel welcome upon entering our doors and feel as though Revolution is your home away from home. Our classes range from Power and Power Beats to Align and Flow and Aromarestore.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

On June 1st in Avon and June 8th in Glenwood Springs, Revolution Power Yoga reopened our doors to hold our classes live in the studios! Both studios have been professionally deep cleaned and we have put into effect local social distancing guidelines in order to provide the safest return to Community possible.

How can the community support you?

Come and be a part of our Revolution community! Start with our intro offer, then consider a monthly membership, corporate membership, or even a punch card. Gift certificates are always available as well.

One Week of Free Yoga:

As a token of our appreciation to our Revolution Power Yoga community, for our active members and for those of you who reactivate or purchase your memberships by June 28th, we are offering you opportunity to give the gift yoga to someone who is not a current member! All active members will receive ‘One Week of Free Yoga’ to give to a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker. This gift must be redeemed before July 12th, 2020.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our website (revolutionpoweryoga.com) Facebook page (facebook.com/revolutionpoweryoga/) and Instagram @revolutionpoweryoga.com.

What’s the response been?

The response has been incredible from the Revolution team and larger community. One student recently rated us five stars, stating: “Community/teachers/owners like none other, classes that elevate, challenge and transform. A truly life-changing studio!” Owner Julie Kiddoo said, “We are so grateful for all of our team members and students who have supported us over the last few months and look forward to seeing everyone on their mats!”

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

Moving forward, Revolution will continue to embrace and uphold public health orders specific to social distancing and maintain a commitment to cleanliness. As always, we will embrace community with open arms and open studio doors by offering a space to practice, connect, discover and transform.

Open for Business: Mangat Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care

Name of business: Mangat Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care

Physical address: 1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd, Second Floor, Avon, CO 81620

Phone number: 970-766-3223

Email: info@mangatplasticsurgery.com   

Website: mangatplasticsurgery.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are providing our full array of services, from plastic surgery and non-surgical body sculpting procedures to facial aesthetics including laser, injections and fillers.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

In following all safety requirements for the health and welfare of our patients and staff, we are staggering appointments to reduce the number of people in our offices at any one time, wiping down the exam and treatment rooms between clients, screening patients before and upon arrival regarding their health and travel history, and we require masks to be worn.

How can the community support you?

We are offering great promotions now through June 30 for use when you are ready to come in. All aesthetics specials purchased now are good through 2020. Plastic surgery specials are 20% off surgery fees and with only a 10% deposit that rate will be guaranteed for 12 months. We have always and continue to provide virtual consultations so that you can meet with a doctor or aesthetician for an assessment from the comfort of your own home. 

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our website provides detail on our specials and we invite you to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates on specials, informational videos and more.

What’s the response been?

Everybody is so excited to be able to move forward with personalized care and take advantage of the specials we are currently offering. Because the restrictions are slowly being rolled back it’s the perfect time to schedule treatments.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

We are keeping abreast of the changing landscape and will keep adapting to ensure compliance for the safety of our patients, staff and the community as a whole.

Open for Business: Bubbles Day Spa

Name of business: ​Bubbles Day Spa

Physical address: ​150 E. Beaver Creek Blvd 102-B Avon, Colorado 81620

Phone number: ​970-445-2626

Email: bubblesdayspaavon@gmail.com

Website: bubblesdayspa.com

 What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are offering massage, waxing, lash lift, brow and lash tint, spray tanning, body treatments as well as free skincare consultation. We are open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

Bubbles Day Spa is following all protocols and guidelines for cleaning and sanitation procedures from the town of Avon and DORA. We are making sure everyone that enters our doors wears a mask at all times including when we are providing our services. Hand sanitizer is provided. We are using disposable items for each client.

How can the community support you?

We are offering our Bubbletastic Membership for only $67 per month. People can also support us by purchasing gift certificates, buying our skincare retail line and the most important way to support us is to schedule an appointment and get to know our little family.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

People can find us our Facebook page: @bubblesdayspa, Instagram: bubblesdayspa and website bubblesdayspa.com.

What’s the response been? What comments have you heard from the public or from your employees? 

Our community is ready to get out, they need massages and they understand we have had to make a lot of changes to perform them. Currently, we are not able to offer facials at this time, we are hoping to do so in July. Our employees are ready they want to work and we are healthy.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

We are here to provide the best service in the Vail Valley no matter what happens in the future. We will be working hard to adapt and support our community in any way we can. We have always had great protocols in cleaning and sanitation and will continue these practices. We are hoping to provide our full menu soon. No matter what happens, we will always work really hard to keep growing.

Revolution Power Yoga granted Lululemon Ambassador Relief Fund

When Julie Kiddoo opened Revolution Power Yoga ten years ago, it was never about the money. Enter the worldwide pandemic this spring and although connection meant more than currency, Kiddoo knew that they needed to do everything they could to sustain the beloved yoga studio and the community it created.

“Revolution Power Yoga has always been about building a community around the practice and methodology of Baptiste yoga,” Kiddoo said. “Our purpose has always been to elevate, transform and empower people so that they live in possibility, connection and purpose.”

That philosophy and dedication led to a phone call from the Lululemon Vail store. Kiddoo is an ambassador for Lululemon, and it was a scheduled call that turned out to be so much more. Revolution Power Yoga had received a grant from the Lululemon Ambassador Relief Fund.

“We couldn’t believe it. With tears of gratitude and acknowledgment, we immediately understood that our communities will now be able to survive,” Kiddoo said. “Lululemon is a company that goes way beyond the product. Their purpose is to elevate the world by unleashing the full potential within every one of us,” Kiddoo said. 

The money will go to help Revolution Power Yoga’s newest studio, located in Glenwood Springs, survive the effects of the pandemic.

“It’s hard to believe Revolution Power Yoga Glenwood Springs was only open for six months before we had to close the doors. The family, friendships and connections we made in that time gave us the strength to get through, and we cannot wait to get back to building a community there,” Kiddoo said.

Revolution Power Yoga in the Traer Creek Plaza reopened June 1 and the Glenwood Springs location will reopen June 8.

“In a short time, Revolution Glenwood Springs has built such a strong foundation that is rooted in our local community. We grow stronger together and this grant will allow the studio to continue to thrive and grow through empowerment and connection,” said Grace Tennant, a yoga teacher at Revolution Power Yoga.

“We are deeply humbled and honored to have received this grant. Thank you, Lululemon and Lululemon Vail! Thank you for supporting our community. I am filled with gratitude and hope of continuing to build an incredible future for our new yoga community on and off the mat,” Kiddoo said.