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Yoga West Collective under new ownership

Sharon Sullivan
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Meditation classes are among the offerings at Yoga West Collective.
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WHAT: Yoga West Collective Grand Opening

WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 18

WHERE: 1025 Main St., GJ

INFO: 970-255-9642 (YOGA)

It’s called Yoga West Collective, although there’s a lot more than yoga offered at 1025 Main St.

Anthony Bogart founded Yoga West 14 years ago as a yoga studio. When he decided to semi-retire four years ago, he sold half of his interest and Yoga West became Yoga West Collective — with several owners offering an array of classes including meditation, cooking, communication, as well as various styles of yoga.

The collective has since changed ownership — with a handful of original owners remaining — and is hosting an open house and grand opening tonight, Oct. 18, from 5-8 p.m. It’s an opportunity to learn what classes are available and meet the instructors.



There will also be entertainment including fire dancing and belly dancing demonstrations, Native American flute music, food and door prizes, said the collective’s General Manager Terri Sides.

“Everyone who comes gets a free week of classes,” she added.



In addition to teaching classes, the nine owners share in the tasks of running a business. While there is no CEO, Sides, as general manager, helps organize what needs to be done, such as accounting, Facebook and website management and buying office supplies.

Here’s a rundown of the Yoga West Collective owners and what they teach:

Joseph Rolley is a massage therapist who also teaches yogong — a combination of yoga and chigong.

Rick Anderson, a retired biologist and Buddhist monk, teaches meditation and tai chi.

Terry Talbot is a registered nurse and a former pharmacist for more than 20 years. She teaches yoga for those who are “less limber,” offers health counseling, medication reviews and aromatherapy.

Sally White is an acupuncturist.

Sara Colburn teaches therapeutic art workshops.

Terry Catlin is a local businesswoman who teaches beginning and experienced belly-dancing.

Julie Hanson teaches yoga and is director of Rocky Mountain Health Plans employee wellness program. Yoga West Collective is participating in Mesa County’s stress-reduction program by offering discounts to RMHP members for classes offered at the collective.

Global Heart Spiritual Community joined the collective as a group. It’s a non-denominational spiritual community that meets at Yoga West on Sundays at 10 a.m. All faiths are welcome. The group hosts a community potluck at 11:30 a.m.

Sides is a registered nurse for 30 years who works at a local Grand Junction hospital. At the collective she offers her services as an “animal communicator,” where she said she is able to work with people’s pets and communicate their needs to their owners. Sides also does energy work, a form of healing touch, on people.

“I have strong intuitive abilities,” Sides said. “I’m so used to working with the human body. I can see where people’s blocks are. I’ve been doing (the energy healing) for 14 years. With people, I can help them get clarity; show them what’s holding them back and what they might do to move forward.”

There are four silent owners as well, who support the collective financially but do not take part running the business. One of those owners, Abbie Moore, also teaches yoga at the studio. A number of other instructors, who are not owners, also teach various classes.

The collective also hosts “inspirational cinema” once a month for free or a donation. An example of a prior showing is “Finding Joe” about the late American mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell.

There are three ways to participate in the collective’s offerings: A punch card allows people to come to any session for a reduced rate of $10 per class. If you just want to “drop-in,” fees for classes start at $14. Or, become a member for $50 a month which allows unlimited access to classes, as well as discounts on workshops and an electronic newsletter.

When people become members they can have a stress evaluation performed (developed originally for RMHP employees) and be re-evaluated after a period of attending classes — to see if certain practices make a difference.

“We also sponsor Friday night guest lectures,” Sides said.

The grand opening tonight will include a free presentation on aromatherapy by Judy Jehn of Denver. On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27, Jehn will teach aromatherapy workshops for a fee. To register call 970-314-7718.

To see a schedule or for more information, visit http://www.yogawestcollective.com or call 970-255-YOGA.


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