Yoga Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Who comes to the conferences?
For 18 years, Yoga Journal Conferences have provided the unique opportunity for yoga practitioners of all levels, from all over the world, to experience Yoga Journal Magazine LIVE! Attendees come to explore new styles, get inspired and connect with our top-tier roster of highly regarded yoga teachers and luminaries. Yoga Journal Conferences - held in Colorado, New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Florida - feature classes, panels, keynotes, intensives and a Yoga Marketplace with products and services for healthy balanced living.

Where is the Conference located?
The 2013 Yoga Journal Conference: Colorado will be held at the Estes Park Center YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, located 70 miles northwest of Denver and 40 miles from Boulder. Denver International Airport (DEN) is the closest airport.

Do I need to stay at the YMCA of the Rockies?
No. However, staying on site at the YMCA of the Rockies does enhance your experience. You will not have to worry about commuting to the conference and you will share meals with the other conference attendees—a great way to meet new friends and expand your yoga community!

What is included in my tuition fees?
In addition to your classes you have access to daily special events: keynote address, panel discussions, and many lunchtime and Sangha Space events. (All special events are free unless otherwise noted.) Transportation, meals, and lodging are not included in tuition fees.

Are meals included in the price of the conference?
No, meals at the conference are not included in tuition. However, the price of Lodge accommodations at the YMCA includes three vegetarian, cafeteria-style meals per day. Meals begin with dinner the day of arrival and end with lunch the day of departure. If you are not staying on site, individual meals can be purchased for $8.50 (breakfast), $10.50 (lunch), and $14 (dinner). Please note that meals are not included with cabin reservations.

What should I bring?
Your yoga mat and any props that you regularly use in your practice. A blanket or meditation cushion is helpful if you plan to participate in meditation classes. You may also want to bring a notebook and pen, a refillable water bottle, slip-on shoes (or flip flops) and of course, comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. Please read course descriptions carefully for other required items. These items may also be for sale on site during limited hours in the Yoga Marketplace. Check out our Conference Tips for more:

Are there Continuing Education Credits available?
Yoga Journal is recognized by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a continuing education specialist, and Main Conference classes are currently under review for CECs for athletic and fitness professionals.
Approved ACE Main Conference classes.

All classes at the conference are eligible for Continuing Education Credits with Yoga Alliance. To receive Yoga Alliance credits, simply save a copy of your class record (either your badge or confirmation email.) Yoga Alliance will contact you when they need you to submit your continuing education information. Separate certificates are not needed for Yoga Alliance.

I like yoga, but I'm not an advanced student or yoga teacher. Is the conference for me?
Yes! You need not be an advanced practitioner to enjoy a conference. If you are unfamiliar with many of the styles of yoga represented at the conference, this is your chance dive in and explore. An open mind is a great asset for your conference experience as you will find many new ideas presented. The conference is a unique opportunity to study with teachers who you have read about or perhaps even seen on their DVDs. It is an opportunity to experience world-class yoga instruction, discover how your favorite styles of yoga are evolving, and sample many styles of yoga in one place.

I've been taking yoga for 2 years but not regularly, should I take the classes in the Beginners Track?
The Beginners Track is designed to give new yoga students the foundations to start their yoga practice. If you have studied some yoga, you may find the beginner classes too basic, but you may also find that these classes address the fundamentals that can deepen your practice. Every yoga student is different so it is difficult to recommend which classes will be a fit for you. We encourage you to explore the course descriptions and faculty biographies and see which classes peak your interest.

I'm not a yoga teacher but am thinking about becoming one. Are the Continue Your Education classes for me?
The Continue Your Education classes are geared towards yoga teachers and teachers-in-training. However, advanced students thinking about becoming yoga teachers may appreciate the in-depth discussions and explorations that these classes provide.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?
All cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing via email to or to Horizon Conferences, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your cancellation; keep this confirmation of your cancellation. Cancellations received on or before August 30, 2013 will be issued a refund, minus a $100 processing fee. All cancellations must acknowledge an understanding of the $100 processing fee.

Cancellations received after August 30, 2013 will receive a nonrefundable voucher (minus $100 processing fee) toward a future Yoga Journal Conference, valid for one year. Vouchers will be issued two weeks after the conference.
No voucher is available if you: cancel less than 24 hours before your first scheduled class; do not show up; or, leave an event early for any reason. Last-minute cancellations must be received via email 24 hours before your first scheduled class in order to receive a voucher. There are NO REFUNDS for Friday evening classes or the Krishna Das concert.

What are the accommodations?
The YMCA offers a wide range of accommodations to suit every budget. Prices range from $62.25 per person per night for a shared room (4 to a room) and $138-$194 per person per night (for a single room), including three vegetarian, cafeteria-style meals per day. Meals begin with dinner the day of arrival and end with lunch the day of departure. Single guest rooms are limited. We encourage you to request a roommate on the lodging request form.

The YMCA has a limited number of cabins available for the week. Please call 970-586-3341, ext. 1010, for availability. Meals are not included with cabin reservations.

Vist the Travel & Lodging page for more specific information. And, for more information on the YMCA of the Rockies, visit

What airport should I fly into?
Denver International Airport (DEN) is the closest airport.

How do I get from DEN to Estes Park?
Estes Park is approximately two hours from Denver International Airport (DEN). The Estes Park Shuttle can take you from DEN directly to the YMCA. Call 970-586-5151, or visit for information. Book online by September 16 using group code "EP13" and receive a 25% discount ($33.75 one way / $63.75 round trip)
Note: There are a limited number of shuttles per day between DEN and Estes Park—if you plan to take the Estes Park shuttle, check the shuttle times before you make your flight arrangements.

Is there a message board?
Yes! Use the message board to contact other participants to find a roommate or carpool to the conference. Click here for the message board. The access code is 970.

Can I register for just one class during the Main Weekend Conference?
Advanced registrations are only accepted for day passes or full weekend pass. Single class passes will be available for sale (on a space-available basis) on-site during the conference.

What if I want to change a class?
If you would like to request to change any classes, there is a charge of $10.00 each time you make changes, but not for each class change (therefore, try to make changes all at once). Contact the Registration Coordinator at 720-406-7407 or 800-561-9398 to request changes, or via email to

How do I add something to my existing registration?
Contact the Registration Coordinator at 720-406-7407 or 800-561-9398 or via email to

Is there a check-in procedure at the conference?
Yes. You must check in at the conference Registration Desk in the Administration Building with either a photo ID or a copy of your registration records to sign in. Your conference badge will be presented to you upon conference check-in and will be your only admission to events. You will also be given an Event Guide, filled with event times and a map to find your classes. Badges MUST be presented at the door to be admitted.

What happens if I lose my badge?
Be sure to check in with the Registration Desk as soon as you realize you've lost your badge. Most badges are found by other attendees and turned in to the Registration Desk. If your badge is not found, a replacement badge will be reissued for a $20 fee.

Who do I contact if I can't make it to the conference?
Last-minute cancellations must be received via email 24 hours before your first scheduled class in order to receive a voucher (minus $100 cancellation fee). No voucher is available if you: cancel less than 24 hours before your first scheduled class; do not show up; or, leave an event early for any reason. View the full refund and cancellation policy here.

Will there be water stations easily available to refill my water bottle?
Yes. There will be water stations set up in several buildings. We encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle and visit the water stations often. It is important to drink plenty of water to stave off the effects of the high altitude. The YMCA of the Rockies is at 8,000+ feet.

Are you looking for people to volunteer at the event?
Yes, we have a work exchange volunteer program. Work exchange volunteers do not register for classes but can participate in classes on a space-available basis when not fulfilling their assigned duties. Work exchange volunteers pay a fee to participate. Positions are limited; apply early. For more information visit or email

Can I pass out flyers and brochures before the conference?
Yes, we would love your help in spreading the word! Find out more about our Partner programs here.

Is there someplace to store my mat and props during lunch and other long breaks?
No, there is no place to store your belongings during the breaks. You may be able to place your mat and props into your next classroom during the breaks. However, we strongly discourage bringing any valuables to the conference. Unfortunately, losses have occurred at past conferences. Yoga Journal and the YMCA of the Rockies are not responsible for any lost or stolen items throughout the conference.