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Aria fitness class focuses on hips

VAIL — Ever experience pain or weakness caused by tight hips? To combat this discomfort and to increase sports performance, the Aria Athletic Club & Spa’s yoga program at Vail Cascade Resort is now offering a special workshop series designed to strengthen and restore hips.

Join Aria for a “Love Your Hips” yoga program, a series of two-hour hip opening, strengthening and restoring workshops every third Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The series begins Sept. 21 and ends Dec. 21.

“Most of us experience tightness in the hips from sitting or standing for long periods of time at work, and from regular or high levels of exertion in our recreational activities. Our hips bear the brunt of this and in turn become tense and tight,” said Dan Timm, director of fitness at Aria Athletic Club & Spa. “We also tend to inadvertently hold mental and emotional stress in the hips, which increases the stiffness.”

Cross-Training Tool

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Aria yoga trainers will explore the hip joint in various poses, and discover how a mindful approach can enhance and deepen physical yoga practice. Opening and strengthening the hips can also act as a cross-training tool to enhance any sport. The goal is to leave you feeling relaxed, connected and renewed. Everyone is welcome whether you practice yoga or not.

Instructor Tracy Long will start off by teaching basic yoga postures to support and open hips. On Oct. 19, Tara Gokie will continue the journey by opening the mind to balance the hips. Chelsea Winters will teach strengthening tools on Nov. 16 and complete the series with instructor Nicola Farrer on Dec. 21 as she guilds participants through restoration and renewal.

The cost is $25 per class for non-members and $20 for members. Catch the early bird special for only $15 a class when participants commit to all four classes. For more information, call the Aria Athletic Club & Spa at 970-476-7400 or visit Aria’s website at

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