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Blog: Local Lululemon needs you and around 2,000 others to attempt plank record

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Do you have a steady plank?

Our local Lululemon Athletica needs 2,000 people to hold plank simultaneously in order to break the Guiness World Record. Are you game?

 

You don't need to start training, but you do need to be...

Blog: Tickets on sale for Dalai Lama appearance
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Jul 30, 2015

The Dalai Lama will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Group tickets are on sale now for $100...

Blog: Simmer down now
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Jul 28, 2015

It's been a summer that hasn't prompted me to write about ways to cool off. Until just recently, that is. 

I am one who cannot tolerate...

Blog: Impermanence is the rule
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Over the weekend I happened to catch the light just right, and saw a gorgeously constructed, geometrically-perfect spider web floating in mid-air...

Blog: Wander much?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Even if we don't realize it or not, we often turn to music for solace, answers, a good mood, you name it.

I always know if I'm happy or...

Blog: Mistakes, we've all made a few
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Jul 7, 2015

I recently taught a yoga class that left me feeling like a flop.

I flubbed my words, gave incorrect cues and made some rough transitions....

Blog: Want what you've got
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Jul 1, 2015

There was almost a brawl in my house this morning.

I knew the potential was there the second I decided to give both dogs their own little...

Blog: Thinx for the ladies
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Jun 30, 2015

This might be a delicate subject for some readers, but it's a fact of life. Women have menstrual cycles.

My Facebook page and a couple of...

Blog: Poor Richard’s Rico’s Café & Wine Bar celebrates same-sex marriage decision
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Jun 26, 2015

The folks at Poor Richard's are celebrating the Supreme Court's landmark decision guaranteeing people the right to same-sex marriage.

Head to...

Blog: Yoga Rocks the Park
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Jun 12, 2015

Yoga Rocks the Park is coming to Colorado Springs for the first time. 

The event began seven years ago in Denver when one yogi and his...

Blog: Big change at bluprintPowerYoga
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Change is afoot at bluprintPowerYoga studio downtown.

As of this Saturday, June 13, owner Aylin Schwartz says it will become a donation-based...

Blog: The new normal
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Jun 2, 2015

A new member joined my animal family on Saturday -- Butter.

I renamed him, even though I typically turn up my nose when people rename an...

Blog: 'Eat Breathe Thrive' program addresses eating disorders
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, May 22, 2015

Both men and women can struggle with disordered eating and unhealthy relationships with their bodies.

A new program in the Springs this summer...

Blog: Needle me
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, May 21, 2015

After yet another night of sleep struggles, I made an appointment with an acupuncturist. 

I wrote about acupuncture in a Live Well column...

Blog: I got rolfed and liked it
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, May 19, 2015

The first time I heard about rolfing was from my brother. He got rolfed for years due to multiple injuries in his body, including his shoulder and...

Blog: Yoga to benefit Catamount Institute
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, May 12, 2015

Yoga's great on its own, but knowing your practice will benefit other people makes it that much better.

Sarah Martin, an instructor at...

Blog: One year anniversary for Yoga Studio Satya
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, May 6, 2015

By the sounds of it, I'd say this is an ideal weekend to visit Yoga Studio Satya, even if you've been there a hundred times already.

It's...

Blog: May Day yoga class benefits Peaceful Warriors, Yoga in Schools
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, May 1, 2015

Looking for a way to celebrate May Day that also does some good in the world?

Head to Mansions Park in Manitou Springs for a donation-based,...

Blog: Eighteenth Element Yoga new on scene
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Apr 27, 2015

Yoga fans, there's yet another option for your practice: Eighteenth Element Yoga.

And they're having a grand opening this weekend with food,...

Blog: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is Saturday
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Even if you know nothing about tai chi or qigong, the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs invites you to participate in World Tai Chi and Qigong...

Blog: Meditation workshop in Peyton
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Apr 23, 2015

I struggle with meditation. Not so much with the sitting quietly part, but more with the actually getting myself to sit down and do it. 

...

Blog: Yoga in breweries - it's a thing
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Apr 21, 2015

Yoga and beer. Together forever.

A local yoga teacher, Tracey Cregg Garcia, emailed me recently about her new class starting up at Jak's...

Blog: To arm balance or not to arm balance
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Mar 30, 2015

I don't particularly like, nor am I all that good at, arm balances in yoga. There, I said it. 

I'm probably supposed to love them because...

Blog: How long until a habit?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Mar 26, 2015

The other day I was listening to the “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“ podcast. Rubin also wrote "The Happiness Project."

She and her sister...

Blog: Stay a little skeptical on the mat
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Mar 23, 2015

The title of this post sounds so negative. But I only mean to keep you safe, happy and healthy.

I went to another new class with a new teacher...

Blog: If something's easy, is it less valuable?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Mar 16, 2015

After I taught class on Saturday morning, another instructor stopped by on her way out to thank me for class.

I asked her, "Was it hard...

Blog: Busting routines can shed light
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Mar 12, 2015

Over the weekend, the class I teach was canceled, leaving me with a nice open space to fill.

Guess how I filled it? I went to yoga. Only an...

Blog: First flotation tanks in the Springs
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Last year I heard that a local woman was bringing flotation tanks to town for the first time.

As you might expect, this news thrilled me. I...

Blog: Friday yoga mixer
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Mar 5, 2015

bluprintPowerYoga (yes, all one word) will host a yoga party on Friday night.

Anybody interested in any style of yoga is invited to the...

Blog: Second chance to see 'Awake: The Life of Yogananda"
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Mar 4, 2015

This is your lucky year, my friends.

Due to popular demand, the folks who brought you the first screening of "Awake: The Life of Yogananda"...

Blog: Up for a yoga challenge?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Attention all hardy yogis -- a challenge awaits you.

"From Tadasana to Savasana" is the event for you. 

Rachelle Robin...

Blog: Yoga at Denver Senate Education Committee
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Yesterday marked a "first" in the yoga world.

Republican state senator Owen Hill, of Colorado Springs, did crow on top of the desk before the...

Blog: Ego vs. intuition on the mat
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Yoga class theme: No. 651

Last night I offered up a challenge to the hearty souls who showed up to my 8 p.m. class. I asked them to pay...

Blog: Wall Street Journal on yoga
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Feb 19, 2015

I love when my coworkers pass along interesting yoga tidbits to me.

Earlier this week, I was handed an article from The Wall Street Journal...

Blog: Pilates/yoga instructors No. 10 on CNN's best jobs list
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Feb 11, 2015

CNN released a couple of mind-boggling numbers earlier this week.    On its Best Jobs in America list, pilates/yoga instructor came in at No....

Blog: Woman declares yoga pants enemy
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Feb 3, 2015

What is it with yoga pants? It seems like they're always making headlines.

First it was Lulugate -- the case of the distressingly transparent...

Blog: Lululemon's Chip Wilson resigns
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Feb 2, 2015

Chip Wilson, he of the famed $100 Lululemon yoga pants, has resigned from the company he started in the late '90s.

There's a great profile on...

Blog: New variation on online yoga classes
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Jan 30, 2015

I just stumbled upon Audible Yoga, another subscription-based online offering. 

This one's a little different from other online yoga...

Blog: Breath can boost
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Last night in class, I talked a bit about pranayama, otherwise known as breathwork.

The Sanskrit word prana means life force. Ayama means...

Blog: Playing the edge
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Class theme No. 345: Playing your edge.

Go to enough yoga classes, and you'll probably hear a teacher tell you to "Come to your edge." And no,...

Blog: Root, new yoga studio opens
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Jan 22, 2015

I love that Colorado Springs has so much yoga to offer.

And I especially love one of the newest studios to swing open its doors -- Root:...

Blog: Desiree Rumbaugh in Pueblo
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Popular yoga teacher Desiree Rumbaugh will once again present several workshops in Pueblo.

The weekend is titled "Evolving a Sustainable Yoga...

Blog: Bulletproof coffee?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Have you heard of this new health craze? It's called bulletproof coffee and involves dunking a couple of tablespoons of grass-fed butter in your...

Blog: Meditation and music at Fine Arts Center
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Jan 13, 2015

I attended a Meditation and Music session at the Fine Arts Center on Sunday along with about 50 other people.

First let me say the location...

Blog: Caffeine free and blue
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Jan 7, 2015

Wow, caffeine really is a drug. Who knew? A cup of hot coffee seems so innocent, but really it's a cheap, legal high.

And it's a tough one to...

Blog: Special screening of 'Awake: The Life of Yogananda'
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Jan 6, 2015

The book, "Autobiography of a Yogi," is probably on the suggested reading list of yoga teacher trainings across the country.

Its author,...

Blog: Mudita to the rescue
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Jan 5, 2015

Can't remember where I saw it, but a headline reached out and grabbed me in the past few weeks. It was something along the lines of: "Mudita, the...

Blog: Yoga nidra aka yogic sleep
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Dec 30, 2014

Yoga nidra is also known as yogic sleep. And who doesn't love sleep, in any way, shape or form?

Lately I've been feeling the tug of practicing...

Blog: What's on tap for NYE?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Dec 26, 2014

Every year a girlfriend and I count down the days until the fresh new year. January 1 is so squeaky clean and sparkly. The new year is rife with...

Blog: Teaching flaws
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Dec 22, 2014

I am not a perfect yoga teacher. I'm okay with that.

Here's one of my struggles: Teaching postures I don't like, that I can't get into and...

Blog: Folding inward
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Everything cycles. Moods, bodies, relationships, the land. Ayurveda teaches us to cycle with the seasons.

Winter is the time of year we go to...

Blog: Celebrate winter solstice with yoga
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Dec 12, 2014

The shortest day of the year is fast approaching.

December 21 is the winter solstice, a day I long for as soon as that silly time change took...

Blog: No mud, no lotus
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Dec 10, 2014

I just started reading Chris Grosso's debut novel, "Indie Spiritualist: A No Bull(expletive) Exploration of Spirituality."

The first line of...

Blog: New AquaStretch wellness program at SunWater Spa
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Dec 5, 2014

Get your bathing suit out for the new AquaStretch therapy by SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs.

I received a press release about it earlier this...

Blog: Qualities, not quantities?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Dec 1, 2014

It's getting closer, friends.

The new year is almost upon us. That leave you the next four weeks or so to consider what 2014 meant to you, and...

Blog: Manitou Bindu brings yoga to Fine Arts Center
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Dec 1, 2014

Try on some new scenery for your yoga practice.

Kat Tudor, Manitou Bindu and Smokebrush Foundation founder, will teach "The Yoga of Light and...

Blog: Sometimes things must fall apart
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Nov 24, 2014

When that cold snap hit with a vengeance a week and a half or so ago, things got a little squirrely in my life.

My furnace broke, my car...

Blog: Do you practice online yoga-ing?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Nov 21, 2014

I keep meaning to explore the great online world of yoga classes, and write about them for a future column. And I probably will, at some point.

...

Blog: Align intention, words and action
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Nov 19, 2014

THe idea of integrity has been on my mind lately.

Here's how dictionary.com defines it: Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness...

Blog: Work with those repetitive thoughts
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Nov 17, 2014

The thoughts on the bus go round and round. Round and round. Round and... you get the drift.

If you're an average human being, it's...

Blog: Help for vertigo?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Vertigo is a topic close to my heart, or inner ear, if you will.

A million years ago (okay, more like 12ish?), I woke up one morning and the...

Blog: MeetMindful
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Nov 12, 2014

I've got good news for my single and ready to mingle friends.

There's another dating website on the block, MeetMindful, and it's aimed at...

Blog: Can you do this one thing?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Nov 7, 2014

I was at the Successful Aging Expo last Saturday, hanging out in the lobby by The Gazette table. I was happy to talk to a handful of people about my...

Blog: Seek and destroy with yoga
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Nov 6, 2014

If you've never heard of or seen an image of Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction and transformation, you're in for a treat.

First you'll...

Blog: Little kid lessons
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Nov 5, 2014

I went tricks and treating on Halloween with my brother and his two kids, both under five.

The stuff that comes out of their mouths never...

Blog: Mindful much?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Oct 30, 2014

It's funny. My mind both races by and then goes back at the word "mindfulness."

John Bruna, the co-founder of the Mindful Life Program, is...

Blog: What is awesome, Alex Trebek?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Oct 28, 2014

"Jeopardy!" finally had a full-on yoga category during an episode aired on Friday, according to the yoga blog, Yogadork.com.

Apparently, it...

Blog: Nice advice if you can get it
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Oct 27, 2014

I went to a magical event Thursday evening: dinner followed by a talk by Sarah MacLean Bicknell.

She is a healer and teacher, and has studied...

Blog: Lululemon joins forces with Dalai Lama. Seriously.
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, Oct 23, 2014

An interesting couple has formed: lululemon athetica inc. and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education.

From the press release:

...

Blog: Breath of Joy
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Oct 21, 2014

It's Tuesday. What are you doing right now? Whatever it is, surely you could use a little Breath of Joy.

Here's how it goes:

Come to...

Blog: Waking the Dreamer Within festival
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Almost every morning, I make a little time to jot down any dreams I can remember.

And not only the logistics of what was happening in the...

Blog: Unsure about this yoga mat
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Oct 3, 2014

I don't believe in a perfect yoga pose.

I think each asana (posture) can change dramatically from one day to the next. Your body is never the...

Blog: To flu shot or not to flu shot?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Sep 24, 2014

I don't have good feelings about flu shots.

Maybe because the one time I can remember receiving one, many years ago now, I passed out almost...

Blog: Former Colorado Springs yoga teachers start Denver donation yoga studio
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Sarah Crowe and Jillian Keaveny, two former Springs yoga teachers loved by many, and Denverite Beth Power, want to bring a donation yoga studio to...

Blog: Mingle with monks next week
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Sep 10, 2014

A bevy of monks will be loosed upon our fair city next week. Somehow, I expect a calmer, more peaceful vibe in the air from Tuesday, Sept. 16,...

Blog: I did yoga on a wall and liked it
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Sep 8, 2014

I held a trust workshop with myself this weekend.

No, there weren't any trust falls involved, thank goodness. Mostly it was inside my...

Blog: New owners at Pranava Yoga Center
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Sep 5, 2014

Pranava Yoga Center will celebrate its new ownership all day Saturday, Sept. 13.

Hethyr and Jon Pletsch took over the studio in mid-August,...

Blog: Yoga Sunday at Coors Field
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Sure, you've practiced yoga on a beautiful beach, in the park down the street and maybe even on a rooftop somewhere.

But have you ever done a...

Blog: Routine schmoutine
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Sep 3, 2014

How often do we know the healthy thing to do, and yet we don't do it?

I'm curious about that. Why do we pick up the donut when just that...

Blog: I Dirty Dashed and lived
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Aug 19, 2014

I did it.

I survived a three mile run with obstacles in the mud. And now I want more, more, I tell you! I can see how those races get...

Blog: My crush on the USA Pro Challenge
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Aug 15, 2014

That's what happened this month, when I had to write a couple of stories about the USA Pro Challenge. That's the bike bike race that has caused such...

Blog: I got the Dirty Dash blues
By: Jen Mulson 0 Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Friends, you'll never guess what I've gotten myself into. Well, maybe you can after reading the title of this blog post.

My coworker, one Ms....

Blog: La bella luna yoga
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Aug 6, 2014

Friends, it's no coincidence that this morning my attention was caught on the Facebooks by this story: "Adrenal Fatigue 101."

Now, I'm...

Blog: In romance, like yoga, there's no correct timetable
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Aug 4, 2014

I have a girlfriend who’s fresh off the break-up of a year-long romance that involved living together for a few seasons.

In the 3-4...

Sup yogis?
0 Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Chaturanga dandasana (half push-up) on a stand up paddle board is a whole other pose than the one you bust out on a yoga mat. Same with warrior two....

A case of Inclineism
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

I have a crazy friend. Okay, I have lots of crazy friends. I like them. manitou-incline-12-16-12-0265But one in particular has ventured across the line....

Don’t become a fireball this summer
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Last weekend was not a good one for this pitta dosha/Aries fire sign girl. With temperatures in the 90s, the situation was rife with danger. In summers...

Yoga: Exercise, spiritual practice or both?
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

This is something I’ve considered and struggled with over the past few years. It was recently brought to my attention again. Why do we do yoga? Why do I...

Oil pulling vs. brushing your teeth
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Have you heard of oil pulling as a means of dental care? It’s not some new fad, but a folk remedy that’s been around for centuries, and mostly practiced...

Shoulders back, people
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Did you instinctively improve your posture when reading those words? I hope so. Don’t let the rounded shoulders of today turn into the dowager’s hump of...

It's all cyclical
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Ever since I interviewed the sleep expert for a Live Well column, and he talked about sleep cycles, I’ve noticed them in my own pattern of sleep. I can...

Local stars at Wanderlust yoga festival
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Colorado Springs yoga teachers are representing at Wanderlust over the Fourth of July weekend. Wanderlust is a yoga festival that’s held in...

Three Key Yoga new to the city
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, Jun 27, 2014

There’s another new yoga studio in town – Three Key Yoga. It recently opened near where the old Montgomery Ward store used to be. As an...

Cambio. Yoga to offer adaptive yoga class
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, Jun 18, 2014

Local yoga teacher Morgen Thomas is starting a new class for those with physical disabilities and impaired mobility and returning service members who...

Brewery removes Hindu god from beer label
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Jun 9, 2014

Odd13 Brewing, a brewery in Lafayette, is not making any friends among Hindus. From a press release: “Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in...

Donation barre classes
By: Jen Mulson 0 Mon, Jun 2, 2014

Belly up to the bar! The ballet bar, that is. ReVibe Pilates and Bodywork will hold four Thursday barre classes and donate all monies received to Urban...

Bucking the trend
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, May 29, 2014

As I hiked up Section 16 over Memorial Day weekend, I started to think about all the health and wellness tips and advice we’re surrounded by on a...

Outdoor yoga classes start soon in Colorado Springs
By: Jen Mulson 0 Fri, May 16, 2014

I might be a bit biased, but truly, we have some spectacular scenery in these parts. Wouldn’t it be nice to practice some yoga while you’re...

First impressions of yoga?
By: Jen Mulson 0 Wed, May 14, 2014

I’m writing a column about the kookiness of yoga. “Finally!” I can hear some of you say. “I’ve been thinking that for...

Mother's Day yoga for all
By: Jen Mulson 0 Thu, May 8, 2014

Are you a mama? A woman? Lover of women? Have been acquainted with some pretty cool women in your time? Then you’re invited to a free 75-minute...

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Jennifer Mulson writes the Live Well column in the Health and Wellness section every other Tuesday. She has taught yoga for more than five years, and currently teaches two heated vinyasa classes a week at CorePower Yoga. She is interested in all things body, mind and spirit-related, and will explore those topics here.

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