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Yogi Simon Park visits three Eagle County yoga studios

A sure sign that yoga is more than just an interest to a small demographic in the Vail Valley? Simon Park, a world-renowned yoga educator and influencer of the way people practice and teach yoga, is making three stops as part of his "Evolution of Flow World Tour 2012" to hold workshops in Vail and Edwards throughout the week.

Park travels the world sharing the teachings of his many influences, including Shiva Rea, Richard Freeman, Maty Ezraty, Joan White and Dharma Mittra. He met Rea in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA while attending school and began a mentorship that has blossomed into Park's role as a senior teacher of the vinyasa-style yoga Rea created called "Prana Flow." Rea has dubbed him the "flying nomad," and Yoga Journal Magazine calls him "one of the most influential and gifted next generation of yoga teachers." Park brings a wealth of experience in various yoga styles, Thai massage and meditation practices to his classes, which makes for a unique experience for yoga practitioners of all levels and backgrounds.

Park's first stop will be at The Vitality Center in Vail Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a "Fluid Power" workshop, focusing on the integration of the natural wave like movement of the breath into the rhythmic flow of vinyasa yoga. The Vitality Center is located within Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa at 352 East Meadow Drive, Vail. The cost for the workshop is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Contact the front desk to register or for more information by calling 970-476-7721.

The next stop is at Uma Fitness in Edwards on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Uma Fitness is located at 34500 U.S Highway 6, B8, Edwards, above Freshies, and is a by-donation yoga and meditation studio. This class is open to everyone at a suggested donation of $20. For more information email Karen Anderson at karene@vail.net.

His visit culminates with a three-day workshop at Dogma Athletica in Edwards, beginning apres ski on Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for his "Surfing the Vinyasa Wave" workshop, which incorporates the evolutionary Prana Flow style of yoga created by Shiva Rea. On Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. continuesthe experience with "Jai Hanuman!", an inversion and arm balance vinyasa style practice appropriate for all levels of students looking to advance these areas of their practice. The weekend wraps up Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. with "Mandala Namaskar," celebrating the power of circular movement and the healing power of a mandala (sacred circle). The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members per session, or all three days at $75 for members and $90 for non-members. For more information or to register, call the front desk at 970-688-4433 or email Katie McDonald at katiem@dogmaathletica.com.

To learn more about Simon Park and his "Evolution of Flow World Tour 2012" visit www.liquidflowyoga.com.


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