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Sun Mountain Yogis – Season

8:30am to Noon
Tuesdays: December 11 through March 26 (excluding December 25, 2018 and February 19, 2019).
Bromley Mountain
$108 for the Season (lift ticket not included)

Join Bob Speck, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, PSIA III, AASI I, AASI Adaptive I and Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500, PSIA III as they lead you through a 15 minute yoga for skiers and riders warm-up and a 15 minute yoga for skiers and riders cool down on Tuesday mornings throughout the winter. In between, join Bob and Jo on-the-hill as they integrate the yogic principles of mindfulness, breath control, core awareness, flexibility, strength and balance into skiing and riding. Between them, Bob and Jo have over 35 years teaching yoga, 60 years experience teaching skiing, and 15 years of teaching snowboarding. The on-hill portion of this program is all mountain skiing and riding (intermediates and above).

We will practice yoga from 8:30 – 8:45am; ski/ride from 9:00 – 11:30am; and practice yoga again from 11:45 to Noon. We will practice yoga standing up or in chairs, so there is no need for you to bring a yoga mat.

The Heart of the Village Yoga fee for you to join us for the season is $108. Your lift ticket is not included. Youuii must purchase a lift ticket or have a Season Pass. If you need a lift ticket we can provide you with a ticket voucher for $45 per day.

Not sure if this is for you? Come try out our program for one day and pay $20 for the yoga session and an additional $45 for the lift ticket, if you need one.

Sun Mountain Yogis – One Day

8:30am to Noon
Tuesdays: December 11 through March 26 (excluding December 25, 2018 and February 19, 2019).
Bromley Mountain
$20 for one day (lift ticket not included)

We will practice yoga from 8:30 – 8:45am; ski/ride from 9:00 – 11:30am; and practice yoga again from 11:45 to Noon. We will practice yoga standing up or in chairs, so there is no need for you to bring a yoga mat.
Your lift ticket is not included. You must purchase a lift ticket or have a Season Pass. If you don’t have a lift ticket we can provide you with a ticket voucher for $45 per day.

Intro to Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung

10-Week Course with Nelson Clark
5-6pm, Tuesday, January 8 through March 19, 2019
$150

Grasp the sparrows tail, Embrace tiger return to the mountain, White crane spreads its wings. These are names given to some of the different postures of the Tai Chi form. Tai chi Chuan has bee referred to as a moving meditation, designed to focus the mind body and breath to increase body awareness, balance, strength and flexibility. Additional benefits include, general health, stress management and endurance.

Pounding heaven and earth, and willow bends with the wind are the names given to the chi kung system of exercises. Chi Kung differs from the Tai Chi form in that it a series of exercises done in repetition.

This is a ten week program designed to give the beginner a taste of the benefits of the Yang family Tai Chi short form and give the intermediate student a chance to polish their skills. Classes are instructive, informative and entertaining.
Comfortable cloths are all thats needed.

6-Week African Djembe Drumming Series

with Gary Meitrott
Wednesday: 7:30 – 8:45pm
January 16, 23, February 6, 13, 20, 27
$80
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: DRUM5
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: DRUM10

Learn how to play the Djembe! Fun is a by-product, but first build from within the wisdom of the drum known as djembe! No experience is necessary and drums are provided.

A 6-Week Beginner Series

A 6-Week Beginner Yoga Series – with Lela Hughes
5-6pm, MONDAY:
February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11
$72 per 6-Week Session
DROP-INS ARE WELCOME: $20 per class (Class Card Holders and Members are eligible. Not included in VT Resident $54 Special Membership)

Curious about Yoga and interested in beginning a yoga practice? Want to refine and deepen an already existing practice? If so, join Lela Hughes for a 6-week Beginner Yoga Series. Over the course of these 6 weeks we will explore the basic principles of Yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), mindfulness, and the strength and grace that arise from their integration. Each class will offer a balanced yoga sequence working with attention to proper alignment, learning to synchronize breath with movement, and finding our abilities to authentically express oneself through the ancient tradition of Yoga. Each week we will build upon sun salutations A and B, introducing new poses and expanding our vinyasa flow. This class is suitable for individuals who can up and down off the floor with ease.

A Weekend of Practice – Present Power, Meditation, Pranayama, and Yoga Nidra

with Beryl Bender Birch

Session Times:
Friday, March 15: 6:00 to 8:30PM
Saturday, March 16: 9:00AM to 12:00PM & 1:30-4:30PM
Sunday, March 17: 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Fee: $275
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL10 

Yoga is not synonymous with asana, even though most of the general public thinks so. Yoga is about learning to pay attention. All the practices direct us to focus our attention on one thing, and as we practice and breathe and learn to focus, our minds get quieter. We begin to see things that were previously too clouded by the busy-ness of the mind to see. We like this. We feel more centered, more relaxed. And one day, maybe all at once, and maybe little by little, we “get” it, we wake up. And what do we wake up to? The realization that there really is only ONE of us here. And that is the experience of yoga – the connection with the True Self. We cannot conceptualize, define, or explain it. We can only have it. It is an experience of boundlessness, and it is born of practice.

No one can teach us yoga, really. Teachers can only pass along a set of instructions to follow, and if we follow those instructions, perhaps that will lead us to the experience. Once that happens, a transformation occurs, we change. We become more conscious, more aware, more compassionate, more, well, connected. And that is the point of all the work – to recognize there really is no such things as “other.” It becomes impossible to ignore the suffering of the world and we realize that the whole point of our life is to serve. Seva isn’t something you do part time, or only on Wednesday afternoons – it’s a lifestyle. It’s an awareness you bring into every aspect of your life. Everything you do is with compassion and awareness – and this comes from years of practice and paying attention.

Friday Evening with Beryl Bender Birch

6:00PM – 8:30PM, Friday, March 15
Fee: $65
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL10

Saturday Morning with Beryl Bender Birch

9:00AM – 12:00PM, Saturday, March 16
Fee: $75
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL10

Saturday Afternoon with Beryl Bender Birch

1:30PM – 4:30PM, Saturday, March 16
Fee: $75
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL10

Sunday Morning with Beryl Bender Birch

9:00AM – 12:00PM, Sunday, March 16
Fee: $75
Register a week in advance for 5% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL
Members: Register a week in advance for 10% off. Use Coupon Code: BERYL10

HOTV Yoga and Ski Retreat: Snowbird, Utah

April 7 – 12, 2018
with Bob Speck and Jo Kirsch

Join Bob Speck, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, PSIA III and Jo Kirsch, E-RYT 500, PSIA III, for a memorable week of skiing and yoga. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Snowbird on their own, as well as be guided around the mountain terrain. We’ll practice yoga before and after skiing and have optional evening activities. Retreat begins at 7pm, Sunday, April 7, 2018 and ends Friday, April 12, 2018. Lodging is at The Inn at Snowbird, where we will practice yoga, hot-tub, and have gym access. The Inn is a short walk to the Snowbird Center where the Tram is located and valet service is available for your skis. Restaurants, shopping and a full spa are all within walking distance of The Inn.

Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

with Bob Speck and Jo Kirsch
September 8 to Sunday 15, 2019

Join us for a lovely week in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany, Italy. It’s awe inspiring landscape, artistic heritage and famous villages and cities boast infinite beauty and culture. We will stay at an 1100 acre organic farm, Tenuta di Spannocchia, located on a nature reserve in the hills of Tuscany. Discover medieval village and castles, indulge in local wine, cheese, olive oil and other food traditions or simple settle in with a paint brush, journal or book and let the Tuscan landscape awaken your creativity. Practice yoga in the midst of thousands of years of art and culture, nature and nourishment, and let yoga in Tuscany take your breath away.

The retreat includes: meditation and yoga in the morning and afternoon; 3 organic, delicious Tuscan meals daily – including a four-course dinner served nightly at 7:30pm with wine served on the terrace at 7pm; day trips to the midieval castle towns San Gimignano and Sienna, and to Castiglione della Pescaia on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Depending on group interest, shorter forays to nearby thermal baths, gardens, sculpture parks and wineries will be an option.

We will stay in The Villa which consists of 7 spacious and well-appointed double bedrooms. All bedrooms are furnished with antiques and original family owned furniture. The Rooms have views of the Villa garden and valley below, the olive and fruit orchards.

Reserve your spot with a $500 non-refundable deposit. 

Riding the Marriage Bike Home

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Gratitude

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