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Vail Valley yoga briefs

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – This Saturday, the Yoga Studio at the Vail Athletic Club presents “Foundations: A Yoga Workshop for Beginners,” from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Instructor Julie Kiddoo will break down the basics of Power Vinyasa Yoga, making the practice accessible to everyone.

“I mean everyone,” Kiddoo said. “If you can’t touch your toes, or if you’ve wanted to try yoga but felt intimidated, this is a safe and fun place to learn the basics. So many people say they want to try yoga but they’re afraid to come to class because they wouldn’t know what to do. Coming and doing it is the only way to learn, and beginning is the best place to start.”

Kiddoo has been teaching at the studio for over a year, and recently completed her second teacher training with Baron Baptiste, founder of Power Vinyasa Yoga, known for its vigorous style. The workshop will be based on Baptiste’s book “Journey Into Power,” which participants can purchase from the studio at a 30 percent discount. The workshop costs $35.

The Yoga Studio at the Vail Athletic Club is located within the Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa, at 352 East Meadow Drive. For more information visit or call 476-7960.

EAGLE, Colorado – Calendar squares that mark summer in the Vail Valley fly by faster than an heirloom tomato has time to grow. So for three months, give or take, our community of sun worshippers spends every available moment outside, neglecting duties and responsibilities for playtime in the mountains.

For some, it’s yoga practice (or aspirations to start one) that falls to the wayside. Summoned by bluebird sky and the fleeting warm sun, people hike, bike and garden instead, creating subsequent short hamstrings, tight quads and sore lower backs, hangovers from summer to unknot during the offseason.

Yoga instructors Amy Baker and Keri Bergeron understand the valley psyche pretty well, which is why they’re introducing Yoga in Eagle Town Park. Starting June 27, every Sunday for 10 weeks a rotating lineup of yoga teachers from around the valley will teach casual classes for all levels in Eagle Town Park. Live music will accompany the outdoor practice, which starts at 9:30-10:45 a.m. Baker and Bergeron will kick off the series June 27 and return again for the July 11 session.

“I think all studios see a drop off of students in the summer,” said Baker, who directs the yoga program at Dogma Athletica in Edwards. “By having yoga outside, it helps people keep their yoga practice consistent without feeling like they have to go inside to do it.”

And like throwing on your sneakers and hitting the trails, this yoga series is free – almost. Baker and Bergeron ask people to pay what they can and give a donation.

“It’s free – which we hope will bring more people to yoga who may not normally get exposed to it,” Bergeron says, who also teaches at Dogma Athletica. “Plus, there’s something special about feeling the sun on your skin when you do yoga.”

Baker, whose vision for the outdoor yoga series is modeled after some successful programs in New York and in Denver, says she also hopes to bring more people down to Eagle.

“I want to bring more energy into Eagle, let people know it’s not just a sleepy bedroom community,” said Baker, who lives in Eagle.

Local musician Brandt Olsen will play instrumental guitar for the first class Sunday, June 27. Musicians, like the teachers, will change from week to week.

“I try to match what the class is doing, so the music might be swoopy and fluid, or if the students are dripping with sweat, I turn up the intensity to help them hold that pose, go deeper and farther,” Olsen said.

• What: Yoga in Eagle Town Park.

• When: Every Sunday starting June 27 to Aug. 29 (Except for July 4 weekend) from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

• Where: Eagle Town Park in Eagle.

• Cost: Free, donations accepted.

• Information: Teachers and live music rotate, including Amy Baker and Keri Bergeron of Dogma Athletica; Kelly Marshall and Jaxon of Yoga Off Broadway; Rachel Delong of Dogma Athletica and Yoga Off Broadway. Visit for more information.

– Cassie Pence, Vail Daily contributor

VAIL, Colorado – Larkspur Restaurant will hold its Yoga on the Lawn series this summer beginning Saturday.

Amy Baker, currently an instructor at Dogma Athletica in Edwards, will lead the class series. She earned her undergraduate degree in exercise science and has been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine for 10 years. Amy has deepened her personal practice with a constant flow of yoga education, studying with revered guides Ana Forrest, Janet Stone, Brock and Krista Cahill, Christina Sell and Darren Rhodes.

The Yoga on the Lawn series takes place on Larkspur’s West Lawn and offers a magnificent view of the Gore Range. Attendees will find this setting at the base of Golden Peak positively inspirational.

The yoga class will be held from 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m. and will be followed by a private lunch on Larkspur’s sunny patio. Executive chef Armando Navarro will serve a healthy Colorado farm salad with choice of grilled Petaluma free range chicken or grilled Atlantic salmon. Beverages will include Larkspur’s house-bottled waters, soft drinks and iced tea.

The summer Yoga on the Lawn series will be held rain or shine; with questionable weather, the class will be held in the Great Room of the Golden Peak Lodge. All levels are welcome and attendees should bring their mats.

The price for Yoga on the Lawn followed by lunch at Larkspur is $24 per person plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited; reservations are required and may be made by calling 970-754-8048.

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