Back bending yoga workshop at the Vail Athletic Club |

Back bending yoga workshop at the Vail Athletic Club

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyKaren Anderson in a backbending scorpion pose.

VAIL – The Yoga Studio at the Vail Athletic Club is bending over backwards to ensure your yoga practice is safe and fun. On Monday at 5:30 p.m., local yoga teacher Karen Anderson leads “Bandha & Backbending,” a two-hour yoga workshop designed to teach practitioners a safe and effective approach to back bending poses to achieve optimal benefits.”Back bending poses create stimulating, joyful energy in the body and mind, unless there is compression in the low back, resulting in discomfort and unease,” said Anderson, who has been teaching yoga in Vail since 1999. “We will explore deep internal energies related to the core and pelvic floor muscles, known as ‘bandha,’ and learn how they can be used to support expansion and freedom around the heart.” When performed safely and with attention to core stability, Anderson said that backbends energize, refresh and invigorate the body. “The internal awakening of bandha, coupled with comfortable backbending, draws us into a deep exploration of body energy leading to states of meditative bliss and well-being.”The workshop entails a full-spectrum Vinyasa Flow practice and costs $25 through Sept. 16, and $35 thereafter. Anderson is a student of both the Ashtanga and Dharma Yoga methods, as well as Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.The Yoga Studio at the Vail Athletic Club is located within the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, at 352 East Meadow Drive. Call 970-476-7960 for more information or visit them at

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