A lot of female-centric social groups in different sectors have been popping up on my radar lately. I don’t know if it’s the #MeToo movement or if I’ve simply been paying more attention to those organizations that hold up—instead of put down—fellow women recently, but it seems like there’s (at least) one for so many interests in the Denver area: hiking, storytelling, networking, and, of course, yoga.
You could argue that vinyasa flows already attract plenty of ladies, but local orgs such as the Feminine Collective have introduced a game changer: yoga-focused events that explicitly encourage friendship building between your fellow downward doggers. “Maybe you’re new to Denver; maybe you don’t have a lot of friends; maybe you need a tribe; maybe you’re looking to expand yourself socially,” says co-founder Nicole Aranda. “We wanted to create a space that was open for that without forcing people into any mold.”
That’s why FemYoga ($25), which takes place Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McNichols Building, truly has something for everyone: a 50-minute flow from Big Booty Yoga‘s inspiring Kady Lafferty (whose mission is “breaking the yoga stereotype one chubby chatarunga at a time”). Products and services from about 20 vendors that are female-owned or female-supportive businesses, including Totem True Yoga Mats—which Aranda also created—Sunnyside’s Midnight Rambler Boutique, and Denver-based Madelyn Claire Floral Design, plus other folks offering oils, teas, massages, and more. There will also be food and drink (although both of those are still TBD).
And for those who need a little pick-me-up, Aranda will even lead a self-intention ritual. At the first FemYoga event in the fall, she asked participants to write down all the things they wanted to let go of and then burned the pieces of paper; this time, the theme is self-love, so everyone will write a love letter to themselves. “Because Denver’s growth rate is happening so rapidly, it’s especially important to connect,” Aranda says. “We’re kind of lifting each other up, not having this sense of competition; I’m doing something awesome, you’re doing something awesome, let’s all celebrate and help each other out.”
This ethos was so popular that Aranda and co-founder Emily Salberg sold out their first event, in 2017, and decided to expand to a much larger building for their second go-around. Aranda says they’d like to eventually offer more extensive retreats or events that encourage attendees to learn a new skill or trade, such as floral design or acroyoga. For now, though, they’re content with introducing you to 200 women who could become your new best friend—and we could all use a little more of that.