Peace, Love & Understanding yoga workshops at Vail Vitality Center
• Peace — 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.
• Love — 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27.
• Understanding — 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2.
Cost is $20 per class in advance or $25 the day of the class. Space is limited. For information or to register for the Peace, Love & Understanding series, visit www.vailvitalitycenter.com or call 970-476-7960.
VAIL — The period from the Winter Solstice through the new year is recognized as a time to honor the rebirth of the sun with an awakening of the year’s energy and potential. Vail Vitality Center’s Peace, Love & Understanding series, led by local yoga teachers Karen Anderson and Julia Clarke, honors this special time.
Each of the three classes in the series offers something unique, and the sessions build upon one another, though they are treated as separate classes. The first session, Peace, on Tuesday, focuses on cultivating peace in your mind, body, life and relationships. Take time for a healing, restorative practice, meditation and pranayama.
The second class, Love, on Sunday, Dec. 27, is centered on a heart-opening yin yoga practice, Metta meditation and yoga nidra to cultivate joy and compassion. The third session, Understanding, on Saturday, Jan. 2, encourages students to welcome another circuit around the sun with a mandala yoga and meditation practice to center the mind and shift from separation to interconnectedness.
“Several years ago, Karen and I planted the small seed of a solstice ritual that would focus on the healing arts in response to the overwhelming stress and fatigue that we see every December,” said Clarke, Vail Vitality Center yoga coordinator and certified ayurvedic wellness consultant.
The series is appropriate for all levels of yogis, and each class is two hours in length.
Snow usually comes and goes in this part of the state. A forecasted storm is expected to stick around for a while. Forecasters are calling for snow to persist throughout the weekend in the high country, with a prospect of a couple of feet of powder by the time the storm starts to diminish on Monday.