EDWARDS — Are you an experienced yoga student who’s always wondered how to advance your practice but can’t find a public class where the “how to” of postures is thoroughly explained? Are you a teacher who wants to deepen your practice and work on more advanced postures but you are not sure where to begin?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, there is a perfect summer yoga program for you. Longtime yoga teacher Amy Baker will host a series of workshops during the course of the summer at Dogma Athletica. The series is titled “5 Fridays Advanced Asana.” Baker designed this program especially for dedicated students and yoga teachers who want to work on intermediate to advanced postures in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Baker encourages students not to shy away from the program based on its title.
“Don’t think that 5 Fridays is solely about doing ‘hard’ poses,” she said. “It’s about advancing your practice from where it is right now to the next reasonable stage of expression.”
For students, Baker emphasizes that this depends mostly on level of interest and capacity for growth.
“Ability is ever-changing for each individual,” she said. “Sometimes you are working through an injury, other times you feel like you can hold a handstand in the middle of the room.”
The sessions will challenge people in different ways, but the idea is to honor your own limitations and push them intelligently.
The five-class series kicks off on Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Dogma Athletica. The additional four sessions will be held at the same time on the following dates: June 27, July 11, July 25 and Aug. 8. There are multiple pricing options to accommodate hectic summer schedules. To attend all five sessions, the cost is $130 for Dogma Athletica members and $160 for non-members. You can also pay per class at the rate of $30 for members or $35 for non-members.
Opportunities for yoga teachers to enhance their practice and teaching techniques don’t happen very often in the Vail Valley; they usually involve having to travel to Denver or beyond. Baker and Dogma Athletica want to support teachers in the pursuit of continuing education by offering a $5 teacher discount on drop-in sessions. For more information or to sign up, contact the Dogma Athletica front desk at 970-688-4433 or email Emily@dogma athletica.com.
“Ability is ever-changing for each individual. Sometimes you are working through an injury, other times you feel like you can hold a handstand in the middle of the room.”