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Vail Vitality Center’s hip opener workshop gets started Thursday

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VAIL — Outdoor summer fun — and even sitting at a desk for long periods — often creates tightness in the hips, which can lead to restricted mobility in the spine, back pain and compromised knees. The Vail Vitality Center is offering the perfect remedy: the Sultry Hip Openers workshop led by yoga director Julia Clarke on Thursday.

Set to earthy, down-tempo tunes from DJ Onesandzeros, this flow-oriented class is designed to release physical tension and inspire emotional freedom. A focus on softening the roots can help unlock the body's potential, and releasing tension in the hips can be the key to dissolving a lifetime of self-diminishing patterns.

"Whether you're coming from the mountain bike or the office chair, chances are your hips could use some nurturing," Clarke said. "Tight hips restrict our movement, which keeps us from experiencing joy. This class will invite your hips back into a place of space and surrender, celebrating the impermanence of discomfort so that you can move and live again in freedom."

For information or to register for the workshop at the Vail Vitality Center, visit http://www.vailvitalitycenter.com or call 970-476-7960. The workshop is suitable for all levels and is open to members and Vail Vitality Center guests. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the workshop.

Clarke is a certified yoga teacher 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.

Having studied under some of today's most renowned yoga teachers, Clarke offers soulful and dynamic yoga classes to serve this mountain community that stir a deep sense of embodiment and self-participation.