Yoga workshop to help welcome the spring season |

Yoga workshop to help welcome the spring season

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What: Spring Awakening

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22

Where: Rowse Studio, 41300 Routt County Road 36

Cost: $36 with all proceeds donated to the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council

Workshop schedule:

1 to 1:15 p.m. - Welcome tea

1:15 p.m. Overview and discover your Dosha lead by Patty Zimmer

1:45 p.m. Vinyasa/Kundlini 90-minute practice, meditation and kirtan with live music lead by Christine Borden

3:15 p.m. Tea

3:30 p.m. Astrology and gong meditation lead by Kris Yaukey Rowse

— As the snow begins to melt, the spring season awakens. And with that change, comes new transitions throughout daily life.

“Spring is all about awakening and celebrating life, rebirth and coming out of winter,” said Talaya Thomas, local yoga and Pilates instructor and organizer.

To tap into the energizing Vernal Equinox with Friday as the first day of spring, Thomas and other yoga instructors created a workshop that goes beyond a typical yoga class.

Transforming the mind, body and spirit to work in harmony with the season, the Spring Awakening yoga workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Rowse Studio near the Strawberry Hot Springs. The business is owned by Kris Rowse and her husband.

To create a connection with the local community, 50 percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. In return, YVSC will provide lavender seeds to workshop participants to plant with dedicated intentions.

“The purpose is to really focus on balance and to bring your body aware through the astrological changeovers,” said Andy Kennedy, YVSC program and marketing director.

The workshop will divided into sessions that include discovering one’s Dosha, practicing Vinyasa with edition and Kirtans with live music, a gong meditation and astrology teachings.

“We are continuing a tradition as old as humanity in observing the arrival of spring, and this special event will share wisdom to help us transition into a new season and use the natural energy of the solstice, full moon and solar eclipse to its greatest advantage,” said Christine Borden, who will lead the Vinyasa practice and Kirtan meditations.

Not only is the event meant to be a cultivating experience, there is an educational component to it as well.

“It shows how yoga can fit into your life beyond just showing up on your mat,” Thomas said. “The workshop will teach the different aspects of yoga. It’s not just about doing down dog, but it’s also about what you are doing for the community.”

One of yoga’s many meanings is to unite on more than just an individual level.

“The word yoga means ‘union,’ and our practice will be about joining nature in its yearly renewal,” Borden said.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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