Why The Downtown Yoga Festival Matters

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Why The Downtown Yoga Festival Matters

The Downtown Yoga Festival is coming up in just a few weeks, and whether you’re an experienced yogi or just starting out, I strongly recommend that you make this festival a part of your practice. There’s no other place where you can take so many different styles of yoga from so many different established teachers in just a single weekend! Offerings include physical and posture-based yoga practices, cooking classes, workshops on meditation and mindfulness, musical performances, and even music-based practices featuring live DJs! Of course, those of you who have been going to this for years already know all this and more, so I want to take a minute to address those of you who haven’t yet made the plunge, and even more specifically, I’d like to highlight a few reasons why both existing practitioners of yoga and brand new students should each consider joining us for the festival this year.

Existing Practitioners

Okay, so you already have a regular yoga practice. That’s great. You found a studio you dig, teachers you love, and are seeing results on and off the mat. Why go to this festival?

Making a commitment to a specific lineage, becoming a part of a meaningful community, and developing a meaningful relationship with your teachers and fellow students are all absolutely crucial aspects of the modern yoga tradition, but by experiencing other styles and approaches to the multifaceted yoga tradition, you will better appreciate the work you are already doing and come away with a more informed, robust yoga practice.

We all tend to gravitate towards one aspect of the practice or another, but without even realizing it, this can often result in the cultivation of a personal or studio practice which has gaps or areas that could be complemented by other traditions. For example, perhaps you are practicing somewhere that’s giving you a really strong physical practice but doesn’t spend too much time on meditation. Or maybe you have heard that yoga also involves food and nutrition and would like to learn more about ways these teachings could compliment your existing practice. As the saying goes: “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Fortunately, attending a diverse and multifaceted yoga festival like the Downtown Yoga Festival will allow you to efficiently and inexpensively sample a wide variety of different yoga traditions and teachers.

New Students

On the other hand, let’s say you’re new to yoga. You’ve heard about some of the benefits and maybe have a friend or two who goes a few times a week and can’t stop raving about it, but maybe you’re a little nervous about starting yourself. Some of it sounds good. Some of it sounds really weird, painful maybe, and you definitely aren’t as flexible as those models in the yoga pant ads.

I get it, believe me, and the truth is, most everyone who has a strong physical yoga practice (including lots of us who teach yoga) started out stiff, overweight, and out of shape. Yoga helped us improve our health on and off the mat, and it can help you too. In fact, that’s one of the primary reasons festivals like the Downtown Yoga Festival exist in the first place: to create a place where brand new students can practice with all different kinds of teachers and get a taste for what works for them. For example, did you know there are styles of yoga (many, in fact) that don’t even involve physical posture or deep stretching whatsoever?

At the Downtown Yoga Festival, you can learn how to meditate and live more mindfully, prepare delicious healthy food, belly dance, learn a few mantras and moves to take home with you, practice yoga and paddleboarding, find out more about how yoga can help you in your relationships with yourself and others, or even take a class blindfolded! Each teacher was selected for being among the best at what they do, and for their passion for sharing yoga with others, especially those who are not familiar with it. It can be hard (or even scary) to get outside your comfort zone and try new things, but doing it in a welcoming environment with lots of like-minded individuals who just want to live healthier, happier lives sure helps.

Bottom Line

The Downtown Yoga Festival is one of the best opportunities you will ever have to begin or deepen your practice, learn more about the things you enjoy, and start a passion for something new. My team and I will be there both days, teaching and practicing, and I hope to see you on the mat as well.

With Metta,

Micah Scholes // Dean // Scholé Yoga University

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Big Changes for Summer at SYSL!

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Big Changes for Summer at SYSL!

Summer is coming and over at SYSL, that means tons of exciting new opportunities to start or deepen your yoga practice! Based on feedback from the members of the Scholé Yoga Collective, we are proud to announce the addition of new classes, styles, and practice times so that we can continue to support a regular practice for each and every one of you as we continue to grow and spread the word.

SCHEDULE UPDATES

Our shiny new summer schedule features shifts in some class start times, as well as several brand new classes, so be sure to check out your Scholé app to stay up to date. Here are the major highlights:

Starting in May, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday we will have a 9:00 am class to start your day out right. This time slot features at least one of each style, including a brand new REFRESH morning class taught by Madison! You can also continue to enjoy the 7:15 am and 9:30 am classes that have been so popular on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday (yup, that’s right, Saturday!) evening classes will now begin at 5:30 pm, with a bonus 7:00 pm class on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Saturday 5:30 pm classes in May will be led by each of our interns one time each before being taken over by a faculty member. Our interns have been working hard these past few months assisting and even teaching small portions of classes taught by their mentors, so we can’t wait to experience all that they have learned, and hope to see you there!

Last but not least, we are adding two more classes to the weekend mornings - ELEVATE with Micah on Saturdays at 9 am, and a special FREE Summer series that will be offsite at the Gateway that begins at the same time. The regular 9:30 STRONG and DEEP classes on those days will be bumped to 10:15 so feel free to hit both OR sleep in a little and still catch a class ;)

STYLE BREAKTHROUGHS

Have you noticed all the Scholé ELEVATE classes popping up on the schedule lately? These workshop style experiences - led by our Founder Micah Scholes - have been a HUGE hit, so for May we are also rolling out some additional ELEVATE class times so that everyone can see what all the fuss is about. ELEVATE features a Scholé style warm up (you know how we do) with low lighting, sweet beats, and dynamic flowing movements that prepares you for a special workshop-esque portion in which we turn up the lights, off the music, and take time breaking down specific postures. This time allows everyone to have the opportunity to ask questions, get advice and tips, and learn new tricks! If you’ve ever seen a posture you’d like to know more about, whether it’s a crazy arm balance, or a great restorative twist, show up and get ready to have it broken down for you in simple and easy to understand steps that you can then take and practice in your regular Scholé practices with us during the week, or even at home. Like always, no previous experience, skill level, or knowledge of the postures is needed here - just the willingness to try something new.

UPDATED PRICING

One of our goals at SYSL is to offer a superior yoga experience while still maintaining price points that are achievable for the average person. This month we are rolling out a few price reductions on some of our favorite services and products. You can view the specifics on scholeyoga.com/studio, and existing members will automatically be rolled over to the lower pricing on their next billing cycle.

Not advertised, but very much available for each of our members is a brand new price for a new Meditation Pod option - just $49 for a 30 minute session! If you haven’t had a chance to check out our pod yet, this is a great option to give it a go at a lower price and less intimidating time frame ;)

SUMMER SEMESTER AT SYU

Registration has also just opened for our upcoming semester of Yoga Teacher Training here at Scholé Yoga University! The Summer semester is an intensive, meaning we meet up more frequently and therefore the course is quite a bit shorter than our Spring and Fall semesters (tuition is also less than in the Spring and Fall). If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to deepen your practice, learn more about the history of yoga, and connect with other people striving for greater levels of health and happiness, then THIS is YOUR time! Visit scholeyoga.com/sytt to learn more about the course curriculum, see exact dates and details, and of course, pease don't hesitate to reach out to any of our team members should you want to learn more or have any questions.

GATEWAY SUMMER SERIES

Come help us celebrate the new and improved Gateway downtown by practicing yoga with all of your favorite Scholé Yoga teachers! Starting May 7—and then continuing every Sunday throughout the summer—YOU and your crew are invited to join us for Yoga on the Plaza! DjMk will be spinning beats, each member of our faculty will teach a special 45 minute practice, and all ages and ability levels are welcome! The first 100 people will even receive a free yoga mat and goodie bag. This is a free event and no tickets are required. Bring a mat, a friend, and an open mind, and get ready to rock with us all summer long!

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A few words about YTT

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A few words about YTT

Are you or someone you know thinking about yoga teacher training? Then this post is for YOU.

Although all reputable yoga schools will offer you the same basic Yoga Alliance teaching certificate at graduation, the curriculum and quality of the educational experience vary wildly, so just like traditional colleges, where you go for YTT matters. Before you commit to any YTT program, please be careful to do extensive research and investigation, just as you would for any college or post high school program (hair, massage, art, etc).

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Yoga & Acupuncture

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Yoga & Acupuncture

There are some interesting connections between yoga and acupuncture. If you're curious about giving this Traditional Chinese Medicine practice a try, read on to learn more and discover what to expect at SLCQi, a local practice serving many in the Salt Lake City yoga community and Scholé Yoga Collective.

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Making the Most of Your SYC Membership

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Making the Most of Your SYC Membership

We call our community at Scholé Yoga Salt Lake a collective, because we are all much more than just members. Being part of this crew gives you many more perks in addition to the amazing practices you can join every day, including this sweet new benefit - bring a friend who is new to SYSL for free all February! Click through to see some of the ways you can make the most out of being a part of the Scholé Yoga Collective.

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The Most Relaxing Song

Scientists recently did a study to find "the most relaxing song." Curious? So were we. Click through for a link to their results, and links to top modern chill tracks from your Scholé Yoga Salt Lake teachers to discover great music that will help you stress less and feel more.

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The New Year can bring exciting changes and often the changes many of us implement has to do with food. Maybe we try a new diet, experiment with a cleanse or cut out the sugar and treats. Here is a grain free (gluten free!), vegan option, chocolate muffin. Seriously, I said chocolate! So when you have the urge to have something sweet and chocolatey, these will do the trick and not throw you off whatever you’ve started this January.

 

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Three Simple Poses to Detox Your Body

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When we don't move, we can literally feel stagnant in our bodies. It's harder to be active during the winter months, and this isn't very good for our immune systems. We feel better and stay healthier when we move a little, so check this post for a big reason why.

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My First Class After Yoga Teacher Training

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My First Class After Yoga Teacher Training

Learning to teach yoga is an incredible journey, and the biggest lesson Scholé Yoga University facilitator Shannon McPhee found was quite unexpected. Find out what fueled her to grow from teaching yoga to teaching teachers, and learn how you can attend FREE classes by recent SYU graduates this month, or even join us in our spring Scholé Yoga teacher training.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Mood + Your Health in 5 Minutes

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5 Ways to Boost Your Mood + Your Health in 5 Minutes

Finding time to de-stress is not always easy. But the more we learn about the effects of long term chronic stress, the more important it becomes to find little ways to unwind throughout the day.  The activities shared in this post can easily be done at your desk or at home, with little to no preparation, in under five minutes. Try one or all when you need a little mini break during your day and you’d be surprised how far just a little bit can go.

 

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Christmas doesn’t have to be about stuff, but let’s be real – lots of people spend lots of time worrying about gifts this time of year. If you’ve got a yogi on your list, here are some ideas for gifts at a range of prices to help you stress less and enjoy more holiday time.

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Turmeric is a wonder spice! Read on to learn about its incredible powers, and how you can easily whip up a warm, earthy drink for winter days.

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