Veda Salon and Spa Introduces the Mandala Club, an Urban Oasis

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All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
CEO of Veda Spa and Salon Carrie Perkins outside 1717 Champa Street.
Veda Salon and Spa, a small, Colorado-based chain, has had a location in the Hotel Monaco for almost two decades -- but the downtown Denver spa just launched a new VIP program, The Mandala Club, which offers amenities that are guaranteed to calm your chaotic urban life. We recently visited Veda and chatted with CEO Carrie Perkins about the spa's services and the new club.

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Root Yoga Benefits the Chanda Plan Foundation With Tonight's Yoga on the River

For Root Yoga, utilizing its own community of yogis to raise money and awareness for nonprofits has always had a local focus. Studio owner Lauren Turnage says that while she often sees others in the yoga community raising money for global issues, Root's mission is to harness the power of its students by partnering with local foundations in need.

For the last three summers, the yoga studio has hosted its "Yoga on the River" outdoor summer class series and tonight's final installment for the 2014 season is raising money to support local integrative therapy non-profit The Chanda Plan Foundation.

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Photos: American Ninja Warrior tryouts at Civic Center Park

All photos by Marissa Shevins
American Ninja Warrior returned to Denver this week to hold tryouts for the TV show. Challengers tackled an obstacle course set up in Civic Center Park in an attempt to prove they have what it takes to be the Ultimate American Ninja Warrior. Photographer Marissa Shevins was there to capture all the feats and falls; keep reading for a look at these would-be warriors.

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Brittney Rae Reese, Denver Zumba instructor, dances onto Let's Make a Deal

Brittney Rae Reese
Denver-based Zumba instructor Brittney Rae Reese danced her way to national attention on CBS's Let's Make a Deal -- where, unfortunately, she was "zonked" on an episode that aired recently.

Reese was visiting a friend in California last Halloween when she was surprised with tickets to the popular TV show. Since Reese went to the taping dressed in a one-of-a-kind homemade costume -- a bag of money -- she had the feeling she would be selected as a contestant on the show. And her unique dance moves in the audience didn't hurt....

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Photos: Cherry Creek Sneak 2014

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All photos by Ursula Romaine
Despite the rain, Denver runners took to the streets for the Cherry Creek Sneak on Sunday. Our photographer Ursula Romaine was there to capture the 5K, 5 mile and 10 mile races through the Cherry Creek neighborhood; here's a sneak peek of the Sneak.

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Maureen "Baby Face" Riordon will make her debut at Glory 16 Fight

Categories: Events, Fitness

Photo courtesy of Hoodlum Photography.
On Saturday, May 3, local mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Maureen "Baby Face" Riordon will make her professional kickboxing debut with Glory Sports International, the top professional kickboxing league in the world. After being out of the fight scene for a year -- she was seriously injured while training someone else -- Riordon will not only be featured in the first-ever female fight for Glory, but be featured in her hometown, at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.

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Pura Vida's Sunday Afternoon Meltdown invites yogis to decompress and meditate in style

Pura Vida in Cherry Creek North is opening its doors to the public for the first time ever this weekend, when it will host the inaugural edition of its new program, Sunday Afternoon Meltdown. The club invites yogis of all levels to wind down and recharge with a combination yoga class, guided meditation and detoxifying experience.

"We really wanted to bring in something that would allow people to take their practice deeper, whether they were doing yoga or workouts or whatever the case may be," says general manager Keith Moore. "We wanted to create a space that really gets into the mindfulness component."

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Five ways to survive the Colorado Get Movin' fitness challenge

Oh, Fergie. How I admire your bodacious body. And your white girl weave.
I've been obsessed with fitness ever since I can remember. Maybe it was because I grew up in the '80s, and activities for girls revolved around a pink-haired dog that pimped nail accessories and showing the world what we could do through the fine art of ribbon dancing. I took ballet, tap dance, ice-skating lessons and all of that shit. If I wasn't so busy in high school trying to be cool and discovering that people who liked the same music I did hung out on the smoker's corner, I might have been a cheerleader, too. (My mom attempted to make me try out for the Metro State cheerleading squad, because she didn't want me to be a loser in college. I declined and spent the next eight years getting a bachelor's degree in the dead art of journalism.)

Though I no longer participate in any sort of dance or aerobics class -- for the record, I tried Jazzersize for a month because Groupon made it extra-appealing, but I sucked at following the lady with the tiny headset's instruction because I was too busy staring at her tiny headset -- I still love the gym. Seriously, I'm one of those jerks who say they just "love going to the gym!" But now that I'm getting close to week three of the Colorado Get Movin' Challenge, I'm realizing that even for someone like me, making sure I work out every single day is tough.

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Yoga on the Rocks hits Red Rocks this Saturday

Careful -- fall out of your headstand too quickly, and you're liable to tumble down a few hundred steps. This Saturday, August 3, Denver Arts & Venues and long-time partner CorePower Yoga will offer Yoga on the Rocks, a supplement to the popular HealthONE Red Rocks Fitness Challenge, a city-sponsored, bootcamp-style exercise program that just finished its third season last weekend.

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Kate Coleman's Biophilia stuffs your backpack with yoga and nutrition

Taken on a yoga retreat in Manitou Springs.
There's no shortage of local entrepreneurs who are tapping into yoga and nutrition. That's why Kate Coleman, founder of Biophilia, wanted to carve out her own special niche. The certified-yoga-instructor-slash-nutritionist has been backpacking for nearly a decade, since a University of Iowa school excursion first sparked her interested in the pastime by offering a much more exhilarating experience than the car-camping she'd done as a child.

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