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Exhausted? Try restorative yoga

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Special to the DailyJulia Clarke
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VAIL – The thrill of a powder day and a bluebird sky is the reason many of us live in this valley, but the fast pace of winter is often countered with physical exhaustion, painful muscles and overloaded social schedules. This Friday night at 5:30 p.m., local yoga teacher Julia Clarke will lead a special two-hour restorative yoga practice to relieve the stresses of winter at The Sanctuary at Finis Boni in Edwards.

“With so much snow now and so many ski days ahead, I figured midwinter was the ideal time for people to take a meaningful pause, and respond to the body’s need to rest,” says Clarke, who is trained in Anjali restorative yoga.

This is a guided practice, where the body is sustained by bolsters and blankets in a series of gentle, reclining postures designed to soothe the nervous system and engage the body’s natural ability to heal. This particular style of restorative yoga also nurtures the mind and imagination with poignant imagery, thoughtful meditations and gentle breathing techniques to invoke a sense of peace and relax the deep muscles in the body, which Clarke says respond best to imagery.



The practice is appropriate for everyone, though advance registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. The cost is $25 in advance, $30 day-of. The Sanctuary is located in the Riverwalk in Edwards, above Finis Boni. Call 970-926-9060 or register online at http://www.finisboni.com


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