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Vail Vitality Center expands meditation program to five days per week

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Karen Anderson leads Community Meditation every Sunday from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at the Vail Vitality Center. This month, the center will begin offering meditation sessions five days a week.

VAIL — Many people are discovering meditation as an effective antidote to their busyness, stress and sense of disconnection. However, not everyone is able to commit to a daily solo home practice and would prefer to have the support of a community and the guidance of a teacher. In support of this, the Vail Vitality Center is expanding its guided meditation classes. Beginning this month, meditation will be offered five days a week, Sundays through Thursdays.

On Sunday nights, yoga director and certified meditation instructor Karen Anderson will continue to lead 45-minute community classes, which are free to members and available for anyone to drop in for $10. These classes include time to discuss themes of meditation, as well as a forum for questions and answers about the practice.

The Vitality Center will offer 20-minute guided meditations after yoga classes at various times during the day, Mondays through Thursdays. Anderson, Eric Lavigne, Aislinn Walton and Morgan Flahive-Foro will lead the classes. Each instructor offers a different background and focus in his or her teaching, but all are thrilled to be offering daily group meditation practice to the community.

"My heart smiles for our community as Karen Anderson adds meditation offerings to the Vail Vitality Center's weekly yoga schedule," Flahive-Foro said. "Meditation does many things for me: It supports my creative work, it reminds me of what is truly important and, most importantly, meditation teaches me how to sit with discomfort."

“I am overjoyed to be able to share the tools of meditation so that we may learn to treat ourselves and others with deep compassion and respect.”Aislinn WaltonVail Vitality Center instructor

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People rarely have a designated time and space to devote to quieting the mind, Walton said.

"What better gift could you give to yourself than peacefulness?" she said. "I am overjoyed to be able to share the tools of meditation so that we may learn to treat ourselves and others with deep compassion and respect."

Anderson hopes that this is the beginning of a trend to integrate yoga and meditation programs.

"The two practices are historically connected, but the meditation element has been left behind in the modern yoga world," Anderson said. "I'm excited that it's making a comeback; people are curious to know if meditation might work for them. And it's so much easier to meditate after a yoga practice. I am happy that we at the Vitality Center will be able to provide resources for anyone to engage in practice with the support of their community."

Visit http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com or call 970-476-7960 to reserve a spot.

Looking for a class?

Find the Vail Vitality guided meditation schedule at http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com/schedule.