Vail Vitality Center announces the return of Yoga 101 series |

Vail Vitality Center announces the return of Yoga 101 series

VAIL — Yoga is transformational in so many ways. Want to lose weight? Try yoga. Hoping to manage stress? Yoga. Want to build muscle and gain flexibility? Check out yoga. Yoga has a proven track record of initiating radical life change. It teaches practitioners to be participants, not bystanders, in their own evolution. And it’s easy to begin that transformation at the Vail Vitality Center.

Join yoga director Julia Clarke and renowned local teacher Tracy Long for the four-week Yoga 101 series, which is designed for new students and those wishing to rediscover their practice. The program begins Wednesday.

Yoga 101 covers basic yoga philosophy, safe alignment and modifications of primary poses, sustainable breath and use of props. Each class is a combination of discussion and practice.

“Yoga 101 offers a unique opportunity for participants to be able to ask questions, receive hands-on assistance and really lay a strong, steady foundation that will ensure their yoga practice is not only safe and enjoyable but is likely to last a lifetime,” Clarke said.

Yoga 101 starts Wednesday, and takes place each Wednesday through Jan. 28 from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

For information or to register, visit or call 970-476-7960. The cost is $80 per class for members and $100 per class for guests. Advanced registration is required.

Clarke is E-RYT-certified and teaches vinyasa flow yoga and anjali restorative yoga. She is the yoga director at the Vail Vitality Center and a certified ayurvedic wellness consultant. Long is a lifelong athlete who first came to yoga in 2001 in an attempt to stretch muscles made fantastically tight from running. She received her initial 200-hour yoga certification in 2008 and attended her first training in 2009 with her primary teacher Baron Baptiste. Long is currently a certified Baptiste power yoga teacher and is working towards her 500-hour certification.

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