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Vail Vitality Center to host spring equinox event Friday

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What: Spring equinox event.

Where: Vail Vitality Center, Vail.

When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Cost: $15 for members and $20 for guests.

More information: To register, call 970-476-7960.

VAIL — On Friday, Vail Vitality Center yoga director Julia Clarke and outdoor coach Ellen Miller will host an uplifting new celebration of the spring equinox.

The spring equinox symbolizes an awakening of individual bodies and minds and a transition from the winter to the spring season. The celebration begins with a sage and sweet-grass clearing and an intention-setting opportunity, followed by an ascent of Vail Mountain. Participants celebrate the exact moment of the changing of seasons on the mountain, heralding the transition from winter into spring.

‘OPPORTUNITY FOR A NEW START’

“As a Himalayan climber, I have had the opportunity to celebrate the beginning of seasons in thoughtful and meaningful ways with the mountain people of Nepal and Tibet,” said Miller. “I am honored to share some Himalayan equinox rituals with my Vail community. Giving people an opportunity for a new start is one of my favorite things in my work as a coach.”

After the on-mountain celebration, the group gathers in the Vail Vitality Center yoga studio for a healing movement meditation designed to harness the energy of regeneration that will awaken the cells and focus intentions for whole-life balance.

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“Through my studies of yoga and ayurveda, I have learned that the spring equinox is a pivotal time in the span of the year to honor the natural cycles of death and renewal, and feel our own natural capacity to regenerate,” said Clarke. “The combination of hiking and yoga is the perfect practice at this time of year, as we mobilize and energize with the rising energy of spring, while still feeling the vital component of balance and rest.”

Join coaches and participants in the lobby after the workshop for nourishing refreshments from Vail Vitality Center spa director Lisa DeKoster.

COME PREPARED

Participants should dress in clothing that is suitable for hiking and a variety of weather conditions. Wear shoes that are suitable for hiking on snow. Bring micro spikes or yaktrax and hiking poles if preferred.

For information or to register for the event, which takes place Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., call 970-476-7960. The workshop is open to members and Vail Vitality Center guests. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests.


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