Yoga Jam set for Jan. 31 in Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK — Yoga Jam, which is set for Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allegria Spa in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, benefits the Africa Yoga Project. The event will be an inspiring day of music, four yoga classes led by local certified instructors and a healthy lunch prepared by Chef Nicola Farrer.
Africa Yoga Project was founded in 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya, by yoga instructor and New York City business woman Paige Elenson along with Baron Baptiste, yoga master teacher. After traveling to Kenya several times, Elenson — who now calls Nairobi home — saw the need of African youth, specifically in the slums, to succeed in life through the practice of yoga.
AYP offers a three year leadership and teacher training program that educates, employs and empowers African youth, which enables them to reach out to others in surrounding communities.
AYP has trained more than 200 teachers in Africa and currently employs more than 100 certified yoga teachers in Kenya who offer 250 free weekly yoga classes taught at the Shine Center in Nairobi, reaching over 6,000 citizens each month.
Valley residents Corrie Crane and Christy Samuelson have committed to a fundraising pledge to raise money and awareness for AYP. All tax deductible donations to AYP will go directly to provide scholarships, learning tools, training for new teachers, free yoga classes at the Shine Center and fund service projects throughout Kenya, where the unemployment rate is 80 percent. A quarter of a million people per year in Africa have access to free yoga classes through AYP programs.
Yoga Jam, held in the Gore Range Hall of the Park Hyatt, will feature an energizing power yoga class from 9 to 10:15 a.m. followed by a calming restorative yoga from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., with lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The afternoon will consist of a rejuvenating power yoga class from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. followed by restorative yoga from 4 to 5 p.m.
The suggested donation is $25 per class or $80 for all four classes. For an $80 donation, enjoy a healthy lunch provided by Farrer, chef/owner of Nicola’s Raw Menu, access to the Park Hyatt’s outdoor lap pool, outdoor hot tubs and a 25 percent discount on any Allegria Spa treatments booked that day. Be sure to bring your ski, ride or snowshoe gear for before and after the event.
To sign up for classes, call the Allegria Spa at 970-827-6660. For more information about the event, AYP or to donate, contact Crane at 970-376-4838 or Samuelson at 941-228-5711.