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Vail: Help form a ‘mala around the world’

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe annual Global Mala event takes place Saturday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

VAIL, Colorado –The Yoga Studio at the Vail Athletic Club and Dogma Athletica are teaming up for this year’s third annual Global Mala Project Vail, which takes place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

“I participated two years ago and around 50 people were there, and same for the event last year,” said Shannon Smith, the manager of the Vail Athletic Club. “It’s great. People even come up from Denver for the event.”

The Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project, whose purpose is to unite the global yoga community, is hosting events throughout the world Saturday in honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Forming a “mala around the earth” through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108, the mission of the Global Mala Project is to raise both funds and consciousness for some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project is a featured event during September – National Yoga Month.

Today’s event in Vail will include 108 minutes of creative yoga for all levels of yoga students, 108 rounds of chanting and kriyas, and will close with a rocking kirtan.

“The first 54 minutes of the yoga practice will be led by Vail Athletic Club instructors, followed by a break and the last half will be led by Dogma Athletica yoga instructors,” Smith said.

Donations in the amount of $18 to $108 are being accepted and all proceeds will benefit the Eagle Valley Land Trust.-There will also be a mala bead making station sponsored by Sunny Rocks gem store in Eagle Vail. Bring cash or a check to create a authentic sacred mala necklace.-

Following the event, Larkspur Restaurant will offer a special luncheon to all participants of the Global Mala Project. Palisade tomato soup, Colorado farm salad with choice of grilled salmon or free-range chicken, and a quartet of house-made sorbets will be served. Reservations are required and are available from noon to 1 p.m. The cost of the three-course lunch is $20 and includes bottled water, soft drinks and iced tea. Call 970-754-8050 for reservations.

What: Global Mala Project 2009

Where: Ford Amphitheater, Vail

When: 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday

Cost: Donations from $18 to $108 are being accepted at the event

More information: Call the Vail Athletic Club at 970-476-7960

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