Vail Vitality Center class will use yoga to teach ayurvedic principles |

Vail Vitality Center class will use yoga to teach ayurvedic principles

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Ayurvedic consultant Julia Clarke will lead a Dosha Flow class from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, combining the elements of yoga and ayurveda.
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If you go …

What: Dosha Flow, with instructor Julia Clarke.

When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 14.

Where: Vail Vitality Center, 352 E Meadow Drive, No. 3, Vail.

Cost: $15 early bird; $25 day of class.

More information: Call 970-476-7960, or visit

VAIL — Ever wonder why some people respond better to music and others to touch? Or why some folks feel at home climbing mountains and others much prefer to surf ocean waves?

Ayurvedic consultant Julia Clarke will reveal the answers to these questions and more during her signature Dosha Flow class from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. The class will reunite the time-tested disciplines of yoga and its holistic sister, ayurveda, to show how the five elements help determine your unique nature.

“Instead of taking a lecture format, this class uses yoga to teach the basic principles of ayurveda,” said Clarke, who is also the yoga studio director at the Vail Vitality Center. “Yoga and ayurveda are complimentary, and while ayurveda provides the ancient knowledge of health and healing, yoga provides the direct experience of life and matter as energy. People often leave with a much deeper understanding of ayurveda as it applies to them than they would have after two hours of lecture.”


The five elements of ayurveda (space, air, fire, water and earth) form the fundamental understanding of the human body from an ayurvedic standpoint, and how they show up is seen as the determining factor in everything from your digestion to your temper.

“For example, a person with a very sharp digestion and a hot temper would be seen as having a lot of the fire element, while a sluggish digestion with an even temper is more earth,” Clarke said. “This can be very empowering for people as they start to appreciate how to harness their intrinsic strengths, as well as balance ailments.”

This class can also help people learn how to tailor their yoga practice to meet their unique needs, Clarke said.

“By the end, we usually have some good insight into why we prefer some types of yoga over others and can learn to adjust our practices according to how we feel, by the day and even the season,” she said.

Space is limited. The cost for the workshop is $15 if you sign up early or $25 the day of the class. Call 970-476-7960 or visit for more information.

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