How to Prepare for Om On Yoga’s Colorado Yoga Retreat at C Lazy U Dude Ranch
We’re getting pretty excited over here at OM.
We know this Colorado yoga retreat is going to be unforgettable, filled with incredible people and the opportunity to get away from the rush of everyday life.
If you’re anything like us, and lately your thoughts have been filled with majestic mountains framed by wildflowers – than this post is perfect for you.
Think of this as your ultimate yoga vacation. This is your time to focus on allowing you to connect with your body and release any unwanted stress or tension.
All of the practices will be designed for all levels, and there will be both modifications and enhancements provided so that you can truly dive into your practice with our experienced instructor, Elizabeth Fuqua as your guide.
With that being said, a foundation of general fitness and yoga will be advantageous. If you’re already committed to a daily practice of yoga, that’s fantastic, but there’s no need to worry if your time on the mat is a bit more sporadic.
Simply being active each day will help your body transition into the twice-daily routine of the retreat.
If at any time rest is necessary, please note that attendance at practice is not mandatory. This is your retreat and we want you to relax and enjoy yourself throughout all of it.
Since much of our off the mat time will be spent horse riding, hiking, and enjoying other outdoor activities, we will also do our best to offer practices that target specific muscle groups that may benefit from some extra attention post activity.
This will be a great time for students to offer their wish list of poses and focus for class, as we customize based on the needs of the group.
Lastly, listening to your body is a large part of the experience of yoga. This retreat is intended to help you tune into your body, heart, and mind so that they sing in harmony. We hope this leaves you feeling relaxed, de-stressed, and smiling head to toe.
What to Bring:
Athletic clothing for yoga practice and hiking – think loose & comfortable
Sunglasses (especially when riding)
Alarm clock or phone with alarm capabilities
A good book
Ranch cocktail attire for dinners in the main lodge (Think pressed jeans + western button downs for the cowboys & western chic skirts + jeans for the cowgirls)
Warm layers of performance wicking material are ideal. (We recommend Icebreaker or Smartwool)
A cozy jacket and sweater for the cooler evenings
Scarf, warm gloves and warm hat
Rain jacket and possible rain gear weather dependant (Ponchos are not permissible)
Horse back riding appropriate attire: jeans or horseback riding gear
Weather proof boots/ boots with a heel for riding; ideal to be pull-on type
Chaps, riding gloves, optional, and helmets will be provided
Cowboy boots + hat (please ensure your hat has a stampede string, so it stays put)☺
Upper 40-60° F during the day
Low of 20-30° F at night
Elevation at the ranch is approximately 8,200 feet.
Expect very cool mornings and evenings and strong sun during the day, since the altitude offers less sun protection.
Weather shifts very quickly so layers and performance fibers like merino that offer both breathability and warmth are helpful.
Also, please note that it is not uncommon to see snow this time of year, so please check the weather right before you join us to ensure you’re properly packed.
This is especially important for you to be comfortable while on horseback, as you will not be able to stay warm if you do not have proper layers.
We can’t wait to see you guys on the retreat, and we hope these posts have been making the preparation process a little bit easier!