New Mountain Soul Yoga studio now open in Edwards Corner
Business name: Mountain Soul Yoga.
Location: Edwards Corner, upstairs from eat drink.
Date opened: Aug. 20.
Owners: Georgina Baker and Julia Clarke.
Contact information: Call 970-446-6485 or email info@ mountainsoulyoga.com.
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What goods or services do you provide? We are the valley’s newest Vinyasa Yoga studio, with a full weekly schedule of soulful flow classes bolstered by an emphasis on Restorative and Yin Yoga classes for a holistic approach that complements the mountain lifestyle.
We offer regular yoga teacher trainings, elevating yoga education across the valley and state, and are excited to host guest teachers from near and far.
We also offer Ayurvedic wellness consulting and group programs for those seeking a complementary approach to health, and our retail shop is stocked with yoga clothes and juice and snacks from Green Elephant Juicery.
What’s new or exciting at your place? We’re very excited to offer a 200-hour yoga teacher training this fall with Colorado School of Yoga founder Gina Caputo and our founder, Julia Clarke. Many of our teachers come from this teaching lineage and we strongly believe in its quality and efficacy in giving teachers a solid base from which to teach with skill, creativity and authenticity. This training is wonderful for anyone looking to dive deeper into the practice of yoga, whether or not they want to teach.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Our focus is on using yoga to cultivate the unique aspects of mountain life that you are already drawn to: strength, courage, curiosity, and discernment. This in itself necessitates a dynamic yet thoughtful approach, rather than a one-size-fits-all method.
Mountain yogis are often drawn to a more challenging class, and yet there are days when a deeper, slower pace is called for and we offer both. We’re lucky to feature two practice spaces so that we can tend to both needs simultaneously as needed.
We emphasize both training and experience in addition to passion so our teachers all share a calling to continue to mine deeper into their own study of yoga. Whether you are dropping into our dynamic yoga classes or joining us for a teacher training, you will be enriched with practical knowledge, inspired by yogic philosophy and challenged to recognize what you are passionate about and pursue it wholeheartedly. We also intentionally took the time to create a space that is beautiful, inspiring and calming.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? First and foremost for us is establishing a strong sense of community, where our students feel welcome and excited at the same time, and that they belong to something meaningful. Yoga studios really are just empty spaces without the students. We want Mountain Soul to feel like a home away from home for everyone.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Julia Clarke taught yoga at the Vail Vitality Center for seven years and has been leading yoga teacher trainings and offering Ayurvedic consulting for the past five. She is on faculty with the Colorado School of Yoga and the Creative Manager for Eagle Yoga Fest. She moved here from New York City in 2009 after a career as a radio host and music promoter, but she is originally from Scotland.
Georgina Baker began taking yoga as a home practice, and it wasn’t long before she was drawn to join a studio and embrace a community. Baker took her first teacher training with Julia Clarke and Gina Caputo in Vail, followed by a training with Rusty Wells in California. She has been teaching yoga in the Vail Valley since 2013. For Baker, the practice gave her the courage and trust to open Mountain Soul Yoga, a place where others could come to experience intelligent movement and personal awakening.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? We actually thought we’d be open by July 1. Everyone told us that construction runs on its own schedule but we had no idea it would take so long. However, the old adage that good things take time is true. When we finally opened we realized how important it was for us to take our time and be ready.