Yogis Pull Together After Flood


The waters are receding and life for most is returning to normal two weeks after flooding devastated Colorado's Front Range following epic rainfall that caused the rivers to overflow their banks. But the impact will be long felt: At least eight people were killed, as many as 2,000 homes were destroyed, and roads were washed away. And large areas of the Eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park remain closed.

While it will take a long time to rebuild the structures and help heal the trauma of the events, the local yoga community and its supporters near and far are pulling together to do what they can.

Boulder yoga teacher Gina Caputo said she has been touched by the generosity of the yoga community in other parts of the country, like Kansas City and Omaha, where benefits have been held. “What's the common thread?" she asked. "Yoga. It's as if the practice awakens the sutra, or thread, that connects us all regardless of our physical location.”

Caputo will be teaching at a benefit yoga class with Off The Mat Colorado, Wynkoop Brewery, Hoppy Yogis, and DJ Janis on Monday, September 30. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Intermountain Division of the Salvation Army for local relief efforts.

Along with other Boulder yoga teachers Richard Freeman and Amy Ippoliti, Caputo will be involved in a special event in Denver hosted by Hanuman Festival, in collaboration with Yoga Journal Live and the Give Back Yoga Foundation, the weekend of November 15-16. The Hanuman Festival is also donating $20 of each 2014 Hanuman Festival gratitude pass purchased before October 31.

Boulder-based yoga clothing company prAna opened the doors to its Boulder store to flood victims for three days last weekend to give clothing to those in need. And CorePower Yoga, which is based in Denver, held benefit classes last week in conjunction with the Red Cross.

“On the bright side of disaster, human beings always seem to show up at their best with compassion, love, and generosity to help others,” said Ippoliti.