Our Experience at Yoga Journal Live
By Stephanie Crain, CMO and Natural Epicurean Alumni
It’s already been an adventure, and now we’ve created a movement!
We just got back from attending the Yoga Journal Live 2016 conference at Estes Park, Colorado, and what an incredible experience it was! We went to YJL as a team to launch our newest online learning collection, The Practice of Food & Yoga, featuring Practical Ayurveda and the 7-Day Root Camp. As a sponsored partner for the event, Natural Epicurean participated in many ways, giving the attendees an opportunity to learn about, experience, and taste the benefits of consciously prepared foods and healing cuisines.
To begin with, we were invited to present and serve our own recipes at all of the attendee lunches and dinners. This was a unique experience that had never been offered at YJL. Watching the collaboration between our own Chefs Rosa and Andrew with Chef Katie and her staff from the YMCA was amazing. From recipe development all the way to the presented aromatic and delicious dishes, it was a truly fun and educational experience for all of us. And the cranberry salsa – my personal fav – was so good!!!
Our marketing and sales team worked really hard to make sure we had a stunning booth and materials to promote our new products and also our new Affiliate program. The booth was well-represented with smiling faces and bright orange shirts. The culinary crew was ready to connect with the community over a conversation on conscious cooking.
A highlight of the event was our partnership with Gina Caputo – or the Yogini on the Loose. Gina worked with us on 2 separate opportunities to present to the YJL attendees on the topic of the 6 Tastes. Our first presentation was a demo of a Veda Balance Bowl, a collaboration between Gina and our team. Chef Andrew led the demo and drew quite a crowd. The following morning it was my turn to present as Gina and I took an enthusiastic crowd through A Conscious Approach to the 6 Tastes, and what turned out to be a very unique Food & Yoga experience. If you have time check out our videos from each of these presentations.
All in all it was a great experience that taught us a lot. One thing we learned is that we are definitely on the right path as we work to grow this community. People understand how important it is to be more connected with the food they eat and they want to know more.
We are growing a community of Conscious Cooks and it couldn’t be more exciting. Thank you for already being a part of this movement!
We wanted to give you a little taste of our Estes Park adventure, so please enjoy making the recipes that were presented at the event in your own kitchen.