Anjali yoga workshop is Thursday in Vail
VAIL, Colorado – The Yoga Studio at The Vail Athletic Club invites valley residents to sample its newest class offering – a two-hour Anjali Restorative Yoga workshop led by Julia Clarke on Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m. No experience is necessary for this all-levels workshop.Anjali Restorative Yoga was created in 2004 by Shannon Paige Schneider, founder of Om Time yoga studios in Boulder and Denver, who discovered yoga after battling cancer. It is a profoundly restful practice in which the practitioner is guided through a series of meditations and thoughtful visualizations while the body is held and supported by soft bolsters, pillows, and blankets. “We tend to move fast in this valley, up mountains and back down the other side. By taking the time to pause and rest deeply, the body engages its natural ability to heal and rest,” says Clarke, who has spent the past nine months training with Schneider in Denver. “What makes Anjali different from other restorative yoga classes is the use of poetic imagery, music and even color to access the deeper muscles in the body, inducing a healing state.”Clarke said Anjali Restorative Yoga has informed her regular yoga practice as well as her other outdoor pursuits.”It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” she said. “Learning how and when to slow down and make sure I’m the one making the best decisions for myself has been extremely empowering.”First Thursdays is a series of casual yoga workshops that take place on the first Thursday of each month that are free for members and $25 for guests. The Yoga Studio at the Vail Athletic Club is located within the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, at 352 East Meadow Drive. For more information visit vailathleticclub.com or call 476-7960.