Vail Vitality Center is offering anjali restorative yoga training |

Vail Vitality Center is offering anjali restorative yoga training

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VAIL — Anjali restorative yoga is deep-down, feel-good yoga. Distinctly devoid of sweating, chanting and many of the poses most commonly associated with yoga, anjali restorative yoga is a healing modality that meets people in the space of the heart.

It also is results-oriented; the sequence of poses was created with an understanding of how posture affects breath and how breath determines the amount of cortisol in the body, which at high levels can lead to ailments, stress and anxiety. Anjali restorative yoga can help alleviate that stress and restore a sense of worthiness, assist with weight loss and bring relief for insomnia. It is also accessible to every body.

Clarke to lead training

Julia Clarke, Vail Vitality Center’s yoga director and senior anjali restorative yoga teacher, is offering a level one anjali restorative yoga teacher training on Saturday and Sunday. The training workshop is ideal for aspiring yoga teachers and devoted practitioners, as well as current yoga teachers.

Anjali restorative yoga is a practice of deep, meditative support, where the practitioner is held by bolsters and blankets for sustained periods of time. The practice is centered on the spinal series of nine supported poses that use nourishing visualization and meditation to replace feelings of shortcomings, anxiety and depression with thoughts peace, fulfillment and abundance. The stories, images and meditations used are a deliberate tool to replace the constant chatter of worry and hurry that is so common in society today.

‘Healing effects of rest’

“I brought anjali restorative yoga to Vail after training in Denver at Om Time yoga with founder Shannon Paige,” Clarke said. “Shannon discovered yoga after surviving cancer, and anjali was the culmination of years of studying the scientific healing effects of intentional rest. The training was life-changing for my students and for me. Within months of offering a weekly class at the Vail Vitality Center, one student reported a weight loss of 16 pounds, while another began sleeping after 10 years of insomnia.”

During the training, participants will learn the guiding principles of anjali restorative yoga, including its signature supported spinal sequence and the anatomy of restorative yoga, anatomy of the breath and basic pranayama for restorative yoga. The instruction will include hands-on adjustments and guided imagery and meditation.

Anjali restorative yoga teacher training is ideal for health and wellness professionals, as well as anyone interested in improving their own wellbeing. This foundational training certifies 20 continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance. The weekend-long teacher training takes place at the Vail Vitality Center on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cost is $600.

Clarke also teaches a weekly anjali restorative yoga class each Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Vail Vitality Center. For more information on the training or the class call 970-476-7960 or email

Clarke teaches vinyasa flow yoga and anjali restorative yoga, is the yoga director at the Vail Vitality Center and a certified ayurvedic wellness consultant. Having studied under some of today’s most renowned yoga teachers, she offers soulful and dynamic yoga classes to serve this mountain community. For more information, go to

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