Restorative yoga workshop slated for Nov. 13 at Vail Vitality Center
If you go …
What: Mountains of Gratitude restorative yoga workshop taught by Ellen Miller.
Where: Vail Vitality Center, 352 E. Meadow Drive, Unit 3, Vail.
When: 5 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.
Cost: $15 preregister or $20 day of.
More information: Visit www.vailvitalitycenter.com, or call 970-476-7960.
VAIL — November is the perfect time to focus on what we’re grateful for in our lives. Before the start of the busy holiday season, take time for a grounding and balancing restorative yoga workshop at the Vail Vitality Center.
Restorative yoga teacher and outdoor fitness guru Ellen Miller will lead Mountains of Gratitude, a restorative yoga workshop, on Friday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The workshop is designed to inspire, give perspective and prepare people for the busy winter season in the Vail Valley. By focusing on the things you’re grateful for in life, you can change your perspective and often change your life.
“Restorative yoga is the perfect practice at this time of year,” said Julia Clarke, the yoga director at the Vail Vitality Center. “So much of our stress comes from a place of scarcity, a feeling that there isn’t enough time or money, which mobilizes us into a state of frenzy in trying to accumulate more. The powerful practice of receiving support and deep rest opens us up to the flow of abundance, and it’s from here we can source gratitude, which is proven to be good for your heart and your health.
“Ellen is a gifted guide in taking people into nature and inviting them into a space of connection, and this talent is what makes her restorative yoga class so special and rewarding.”
Miller is characterized by her humble nature and grateful demeanor, which is why upon first meeting her you’d never guess she’s also an athletic celebrity — she is the only American woman to have summited Mount Everest from both Nepal and Tibet, one of only five women in the world to do so. People are often quite surprised to find out she’s also a restorative yoga instructor, she said.
“I think that people are happier when they live from a platform or base of gratitude,” she said.
HELPS ATHLETES RECOVER
Miller was initially drawn specifically to restorative yoga for its ability to help athletes recover faster.
“Restorative yoga — which is very passive, it’s not a form of active yoga — acts on the nervous system and on people’s neuropathways and the brain; it’s a highly-effective method of recovery,” she said.
It’s also deeply relaxing, making it beneficial for everyone, not just athletes.
“This is not an active yoga. People shouldn’t come thinking they’re going to be in dynamic poses and postures,” Miller said.
Space is limited to 24 attendees. Miller’s last restorative yoga class sold out quickly.
“We had to turn people away, which they didn’t like, so I encourage people to go ahead and sign up,” she said.
Visit http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com for more information, or call 970-476-7960 to reserve your spot. Dress comfortably for this workshop. All mats and props will be provided.