Mountain Lotus in Vail offers breathing workshop |

Mountain Lotus in Vail offers breathing workshop

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Special to DailyVisiting yoga instructor River Cummings will lead three workshops focused on conscious breathing on Friday and Saturday in Vail.

VAIL Mountain Lotus at the Vail Athletic Club, the yoga studio located within the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, will host yoga master River Cummings. The community is invited to attend.Pranayama, or regulated breathing, lies at the very heart of traditional yoga practice. In this workshop, Cummings will shed light on the universal benefits of conscious breathing and present the Viniyoga approach to this ancient art and science. The classes will teach participants the basic theory and application of traditional pranayama elements, such as ratio and threshold development, preparation and compensation for seated breathing and valve techniques. Guidelines will be given for developing a personal breath practice safely and exploring the energetic effects of various asana and pranayama techniques during practices. This workshop is one that will appeal to yogis in various styles of practice, doctors or other physicians who are interested in learning more about mind/body healing, and other individuals who are interested in developing a personal breath practice, said Mountain Lotus studio director Kelly Heath. Students of all levels and abilities are encouraged to attend and no prior experience with pranayama is necessary. Over the last 17 years, Cummings has studied with world-renowned teachers and lamas throughout the U.S., India and Tibet. She is a certified American Viniyoga Institute instructor and therapist. For more information, visit

Session 1, Friday, 5:30 to 8 p.m.The first session will focus on what pranayama is and the role it plays in traditional yoga practice. River will then guide students through a relaxing practice.Session 2, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.After a brief discussion of the therapeutic use of pranayama to balance physiology and increase vitality, Cummings will lead a energizing practice.Session 3, Saturday, 2 to 4:30 p.m.Experience a balancing practice after a lecture on esoteric anatomy and valve techniques. In this session participants will also explore strategies for building a personal breath practice safely. Bring a notebook or journal and a pen or pencil to the workshop.

What: Pranayama yoga workshop with teacher River Cummings.Where: Mountain Lotus at the Vail Athletic Club.When: Friday and Saturday. See below. Cost: $35 per class if preregistered by July 20, $43 after; $95 for the whole weekend if preregistered by July 20, $105 after. More information: Stop by or call the Vail Athletic Club front desk at 970-476-7960 to register. Call or e-mail Kelly Major Heath, Mountain Lotus director, with questions at 970-445-7825 or

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