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Celebrate winter at Vail Vitality Center

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VAIL — Chaos during the holidays can build leading into the big events of the season, and relief is often difficult to find amidst the hustle and bustle. The Vail Vitality Center's Karen Anderson and Julia Clarke are offering a brief respite on Saturday from 5 to 7:15 p.m., with a Bhava yoga and Metta meditation session, called Shanti Sadhana.

The session is designed to cultivate space in the body, mind and heart through a guided Bhava yoga practice of flow and restorative yoga. This special practice is followed by a collective "loving kindness" Metta meditation to free long-held patterns and belief systems that are not anchored in love.

"The holidays are a vital time to take a deep breath and create intentions of peace for ourselves and the world," said Clarke, Vail Vitality Center yoga coordinator and certified Ayurvedic wellness consultant. "What a wonderful way to celebrate the winter solstice, the holidays and the New Year."

Anderson has been teaching yoga in Vail since 1999. Having completed multiple certifications in various vinyasa forms, she is now a student of the traditional Ashtanga practice with Richard Freeman. While she teaches in the raja vinyasa style, Karen incorporates the internal alignment and depth of the Ashtanga practice into her teaching. The focus of her current practice is Buddhist meditation, and she has completed seven 30-day silent meditation retreats around the world.

Clarke teaches vinyasa flow yoga and Anjali restorative yoga. She is the yoga director at the Vail Vitality Center and a certified Ayurvedic wellness consultant. Having studied under some of today's most renowned yoga teachers, she offers soulful and dynamic yoga classes to serve this mountain community that stir a deep sense of embodiment and self-participation.

For information, visit http://www.vailvitality center.com or call 970-476-7221. Cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door.