Simple. Natural. Life affirming. Yet, several times a day, we have to “catch our breath,” “take a breather,” “calm down” or cause ourselves to stop and regain a degree of control.
The through-line of every class we teach is the demonstrated behavior of control — of the brush, of the clay, of the step. We explore and employ new methods of teaching and new interpretations of context. The logical next step in enriching this life and learning experience is not new but centuries old.
The Center for the Arts is offering a variety of yoga classes at our new Annex at 309 14th St. in Glenwood Springs, taught by five outstanding teachers. This full and expansive, multi-faceted physical and spiritual tradition draws from countless influences and customs.
MEET THE TEACHERS
Marcy Oliver describes this art as “an ancient discipline that explores, develops and integrates the body, mind and spirit. Yoga systematically stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the body, increases circulation to internal organs, quiets the nervous systems and improves concentration. This system of self-care brings vitality, health, deep relaxation and peace of mind.”
Marcy’s students typically have varying levels of experience and ability — many working on recovery from injuries.
Lucy Dysart’s specialty is vinyasa yoga, in which movement is synchronized to the breath. This style is sometimes also called flow yoga because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath becomes an important component because the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning “connection.”
Vickie Powell is all about hot yoga. This can refer to any yoga class done in a heated room. The room is usually maintained at a temperature of 95-100 degrees. Most often, hot yoga tends to be a flowing, vinyasa style of practice in which the teacher instructs a series of linked poses. As you can imagine, a vigorous yoga session at high temperature promotes profuse sweating and makes the body very warm.
Cherlynn Wakehouse and Vida Dillard round out this amazing group of dedicated, inspiring and skilled teachers. They both specialize in hot and vinyasa yoga instruction — just what you are looking for to build the core.
Classes begin Feb. 1 and continue through May 31 as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 7:00 p.m. Drop in for $13 and see which class works for you.
6 X 6 EXHIBIT
There’s still time for you to pick up your canvas and be part of the biggest community art exhibit in town. Remember, we give you a 6-inch-by-6-inch canvas, and you make your masterpiece in oil, acrylic, mixed media or anything your creative mind can produce. You agree to create your showstopper and return it to us for our fundraising exhibit.
I’ve got the solution for any excuse you have for not participating in this win-win opportunity: Our fabulous gallery curator and instructor of mixed media, painting and drawing, Terry Muldoon, invites you to use the Center’s supplies and get complimentary instruction in the bargain. Pick either Friday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., and/or Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. How can you turn down the opportunity to use our paints, oils and found objects while Terry guilds you to the heights of personal creativity? There’s limited space, so call now at 970-945-2414.
The submission deadline is Feb. 2 with opening night at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at 5:30 with the artists’ reception.
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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