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Vail Hot Yoga expands offerings in Edwards, with new instructors, classes

Kim Fuller
Special to the Daily

EDWARDS — Ame Onofrey opened Vail Hot Yoga 17 years ago in Avon. The studio has since moved to Edwards and recently introduced new class styles and teachers to its schedule.

The studio has always offered a hot yoga class style that is a set sequence of 26 posture holds. Vail Hot Yoga now has classes in vinyasa yoga, which is a style that incorporates a flow to create a moving transition through a variety of poses. Postural alignment classes are also offered on the schedule. The studio now has a total of eight teachers, some veterans and some new to the team.

New Teachers

"We have re-launched the studio, with a great array of teachers new to the valley, all who bring a great new and different set of eyes to the practice of yoga," said Erin McShea, yoga teacher and marketing director for Vail Hot Yoga. "We pride ourselves in being an approachable studio to all abilities."

Doran Morgenstern is one of the new teachers at the studio. He originally came to Colorado to pursue a snowboarding career, but after sustaining a serious injury, he left competition and discovered yoga. He teaches what he calls "creative vinyasa."

"Anyone attending my classes can expect a deep and rooted practice that honors the ancient traditions of yoga while encouraging each individual to find their own ideal alignment by inviting creativity and expression into their movements," Morgenstern said.

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McShea said the addition of vinyasa to the class menu would appeal to those looking to elevate their heart rate while increasing strength and flexibility. With built-in humidity and heating systems, the studio can reach up to 115 degrees, so prepare to sweat.

"I think people just leave so surprised that it gives them an awesome workout," she said.

Even outdoor enthusiasts and "adrenaline junkies," she said, will feel the invigorating effects of the indoor practice.

"The studio is a great addition to any athlete's regimen," McShea said. "Hot yoga really helps to detoxify, deepen a yoga practice and challenge the athlete."

Mary Barbour is another new addition to the studio's teaching roster. She started practicing hot yoga when she was 15, and her mom would drop her off at the studio after school and sports practice.

"I loved it," she said. "I did it for 10 years, and at age 25, went to teacher training with Bikram in (Los Angeles)."

Barbour is also trained in acro-yoga, Thai massage and Ashtanga yoga.

Vail Hot Yoga is located at 34500 U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards — across the frontage road from Starbucks, on the second floor above Wags and Whiskers.

Drop-in classes are $19, and multiple-session passes and monthly memberships are also available. For the month of March, take advantage of a special that includes 10 days of unlimited hot yoga for $20.

Classes are held every morning at 9:15 a.m. and on some evenings. Every Sunday at 9:15 a.m., Vail Hot Yoga is offering a new $5 cash-only community class.

"It's a way that we can open the doors to people who are scared to come to yoga, or it is expensive, or just want to give it a try," McShea said of the Sunday community class. "It's just a nice way to open it up to the valley."

Visit http://www.vailhotyoga.com for the studio's full schedule.