Telluride Yoga Fest: Kia Miller, Radiant Body Yoga

Telluride Yoga Fest: Kia Miller, Radiant Body Yoga

The 11th annual Telluride Yoga Festival, Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22, features internationally renowned yoga instructors and leaders in the fields of health & wellness, among them, returning presenter Kia Miller of Radiant Body Yoga.

New this year: four 1/2 day Thursday immersions, 9 a.m. – noon; 1 – 4 p.m. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the weekend, the lineup and the schedule, visit here.

Please scroll down to listen to a podcast featuring Kia Miller.

Yoga is all about being awake, being mindful of your every action, on and off the mat. Any action done with a high level of awareness is essentially yoga and can move you from one point to a higher, better one – the latter one definition of yoga from Desikachar’s “The Heart of Yoga,” a modern bible on the subject.

Taking the time to slow down and look inward, to take care of yourself through a regular yoga practice unleashes a cascade of benefits on the mind and body from reducing chronic inflammation, at the base of most catastrophic illness, to enhancing your working memory, slowing down the aging process and even altering your gene pool, claims now backed by hard science.

Radiant Body Yoga (RBY) is an holistic approach to yoga, with roots in the ancient Kundalini and Tantric traditions. Practices in this lineage are designed to awaken each practitioner to their higher nature (as above, movement to a higher point). Classes offer a potent combination of physical posture, breath work, kriya, meditation, and chanting to increase strength, build vitality and create mental clarity.

Radiant Body Yoga rhymes with founder Kia Miller, whose approach to practice draws from multiple yogic disciplines and is both intuitive and steeped in the traditional aspects of yoga.

According to Miller:

“RBY serves practitioners and teachers at every level of experience. For the beginner it provides a complete picture and powerful pathway to personal development. For the seasoned practitioner it offers an advanced users manual for the mind body system. RBY is a lifestyle dedicated to helping a person serious about self-inquiry and living an extraordinary life. It is a practice of opening mind and heart to the vibration of Truth and resonating from that place so that all thoughts and actions are in alignment with our Self.”

Kia Miller returns for the second year in a row to teach at the 11th Annual Telluride Yoga Festival where she is teaching four classes.

The first on Friday, July 20,8 a.m., “Beyond Limitation-Festival Kickoff,” Miller is co-teaching with husband Tommy Rosen. Their class includes lecture, journaling, specific kriya and breath work.

On Saturday, 8 a.m., Miller focus on the “Purification of the Chakras,” the fountains of energy along the spine. The class, which preps the body, navel and lungs for a special practice known in Kundalini Yoga as the highest kriya, includes a short lecture, vinyasa warm-up, followed by Kundalini kriya and meditation.

Following the early morning class, at 10 a.m., Miller leads an all-around practice that offers an experience of awakening and elevating your energy.

“Awaken a New Level of Mastery” includes exercises that set the navel point, bringing a sense of centeredness and a Kundalini kriya that builds the rejuvenating force of your body, strengthens your aura and works your heart and shoulders to initiate a state of mental calmness and strength, all accompanied by the music of Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Oregon-based musical artists in the genre of mantra music.

On Sunday, 10 a.m., Miller leads “Awaken Naval and Heart,” a practice that focuses on the cultivation of energy and intelligence in the navel and heart center and culminates in a meditation to balance the mind. The experience is also set to the music of Lakshmi and Ananda.

“I am an athletic person by nature. I love the physical practice of vinyasa yoga: the idea of touching each muscle and opening up all the energy channels in the body is exciting to me,” Miller explains. “It keeps me grounded and present in my body. It keeps me vital and healthy. I am also thrilled by the more subtle aspects of yoga practice, which drew me to Kundalini yoga and Tantra. The process of transforming the mind and elevating one’s consciousness through the use of these practices is a deep one. The body is strengthened, the mind is calmed, emotions are shifted and divine alignment is attained. Kundalini yoga and Tantra are wonderful paths for modern practitioners – they are quick, effective and practical. The Radiant Body approach is intended to deliver you to your excellence. To be radiant is to be present, to glow with warmth and light, and emit a positive uplifting vibration.”

More about Kia Miller:

Kia Miller grew up in the Falkland Islands, riding horses over vast acres of wild land. Moving to England at 15, she joyfully discovered yoga and has been studying with world-renowned teachers in India, Europe and the US ever since.

A successful model and filmmaker, Kia has traveled all over the world experiencing many different cultures and ways of life. Yoga was her way to stay centered and nourished through this time. She is passionate about living and breathing yoga, and feels the teachings are a blessing for all.

She is certified in the Ashtanga/Vinyasa Flow tradition, as well as Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

Radiant Body Yoga pulls from multiple yogic disciplines. The lineage is both intuitive and steeped in the traditional aspects of yoga.

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