Telluride Yoga Fest: Micheline Berry

Telluride Yoga Fest: Micheline Berry

The 7th annual Telluride Yoga Fest takes place this week, July 10 – July 13, with classes for all levels of practitioners: 4-day Guru pass, $495; 3-day Namaste pass, $395; 3-class pass, $108; all-day intensive, $150. Buy here now.

With over 30 top-tier presenters leading more than 85 classes, workshops, lecturers and events in a total of 11 venues in both Telluride and Mountain Village, the Telluride Yoga Festival is a gathering of the tribe you will not want to miss. And there is a class for everyone, whether you want to sweat, snooze, stretch – even dance.


New owner and director, Albert Roer and Erika Henschel respectively, chose this year’s presenters not just for their stellar reputations, but also for their commitment to layered, authentic teaching. Case in point, Micheline Berry, who is based at Exhale in Venice, CA, and founder of Liquid Asana.™

For Micheline, yoga is the art of transforming dharma (universal life teachings) into action “be it through inspired thought, properly nurturing our children, a painting, a kindness or an act of peace that forever moves humanity forward.”

Micheline’s unique approach to practice and somatic dance integrates alas (water) with agni (fire), flow with dynamic stillness, power with surrender, challenge with skill. Her work is informed by Forrest, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Prana Flow™ yoga systems, as well as years of study of Tibetan Buddhism, Jungian and Lacanian psychoanalysis and Continuum somatic dance. She is the founder of Zen Dancing™, the creative director/co-founder of the world music ensembles Shaman’s Dream and Red Musette and since 1997, has produced and facilitated over 500 ritual world music concerts, dance performances and multi-media events.

Micheline Berry Eka Pada

You will want to leave your honey-dos, dinner menu and your kid’s soccer game outside the door. Micheline’s classes are intense mind-body experiences that engage all the senses and focus the mind inward. They are moving meditations and a celebration of the centuries-old spiritual discipline long associated with meditative practices in Buddhism and Hinduism.

As both yoga teacher and multi-media artist, Micheline is renowned for effecting healing and transformation through a powerful cocktail of vinyasa flow yoga, world beat music, somatic dance, indigenous ritual, multimedia art, Buddhist meditation and Jungian psychology. As a pioneer in the art of integrating integrating live world music with traditional yoga sadhana in the U.S., her classes are often accompanied by a live dj or a world music ensemble. Two of her four classes at the Telluride Yoga Fest –   1)”Fire in the Belly, Honey in the Heart”; 2)”Liquid Asana-Yoga, Creativity and the Power of Intention; 3) “Bhakti, Bowie & Backbends”:4) “Rock the Shakti”  – feature the sounds of Joey Lugassy and ensemble, who are performing the Friday night kirtan at the Festival.

Robert Sturman Tara Meditation _ Micheline

Joey’s singer/songwriter journey has taken him everywhere from London’s Prog Rock underground to recently walking the red carpet at the Emmy’s after receiving two nominations for best song to singing on mountaintop sanctuary for Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Known for his wide spectrum of genres including rock, soul & sacred, Joey’s introspective lyrics and evocative ballads make his audience think and feel deeply. Other professional highlights include writing a song (“Today”) for an Amnesty International’s video campaign and composing a rock opera, “Adam” (in pre-production). Currently, Joey is creative director, producer and lead performing artist for the highly acclaimed multi-media concert, “The Beatles’ Yoga: ‘Let it Be’.” His take on “music for Yoga” fuses his original songs, Sanskrit mantras and uniquely interpreted covers from Bowie, Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead and more. Based in Los Angeles, Joey Lugassy performs, produces and leads kirtans internationally.


To learn more about Micheline Berry and her Telluride Yoga Fest classes, click the “play” button and listen to our conversation.

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