Best Weekend Bets: Yoga and Brews (Best in That Order)

September 2008

WELLNESS What: Yoga Journal hosts its 13th annual Colorado yoga conference with workshops and classes for yogis of all levels and styles. Why: The instructor roster includes teachers like John Friend, the creator of the Anusara technique; Rodney Yee, the producer of the Gaiam/Living Arts yoga instructional videos; and Rod Stryker, the leader of Para Yoga. Bonus: On Friday, September 27, reggae-acoustic rocker Trevor Hall plays a benefit concert for YouthAIDS. Details: Sept 21-28. Times vary. YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Rd., Estes Park. $195-$965. For more information, call 1-800-561-9398 or visit www.yjevents.com. RACE
What: Amid the brews and brats, Oktoberfest Denver gives a nod to its fitness-fanatic host city by sponsoring the Das Hustlehoff 5K and 10K races. Why: The 10K may be a race for the serious runner, but the 5K offers a casual, pre-strudel leg-stretch. Bonus: A prize goes to the best running costume. Details: Sun 9 a.m. Oktoberfest Denver, 21st and Market streets. $35. Reservations accepted through Friday at noon. For more information, call 303-685-8143 or visit www.oktoberfestdenver.com.