Vine Yoga studio opens downtown Sept. 16 |

Vine Yoga studio opens downtown Sept. 16

Sharon Sullivan
Andreya Krieves practices yoga inside her soon-to-be opened Vine Yoga studio while her son, Everett, tries to imitate the pose.
Sharon Sullivan / | Free Press

Andreya Krieves didn’t wait to finish the renovation of her new yoga studio, located at 216 S. Second St., before she started teaching. For the past month she’s taught yoga classes outside at Sherwood Park, Friday mornings at 9.

As long as the weather holds out, Krieves said she would continue those free sessions at Sherwood — even after she opens Vine Yoga studio on Monday, Sept. 16.

Krieves, 32, learned firsthand the healing benefits of yoga after she severely injured her knee and shin while training for the 2004 New York City Marathon. Fortunately for Krieves, she was able to defer her lottery place for the marathon until the following year. The doctor recommended rest and yoga.

Daily yoga now complements her practice of long-distance running. Krieves has ran in six marathons: the D.C. Marine Corps, Houston, Tucson, Rock and Roll San Diego, Santa Rosa and NYC — “and I haven’t been injured since,” she said.

Both running and yoga are good for clearing the mind, Krieves said.

She said her intention with the studio is to show people how yoga can enhance and complement active lifestyles, whether it’s mountain biking, skiing, chasing children around, or working at a desk.

“There are core- and back-strengthening exercises that help for sitting at a desk,” she said.

Krieves was first introduced to yoga at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She later became a Yoga Alliance-certified teacher after studying Hatha-style yoga at the Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation in Denver.

Krieves is offering a free week of classes at the studio starting Sept. 16. Grand Valley residents who discover Vine Yoga at a later date may also experience one week of free yoga.

A one-hour class of gentle hatha-flow yoga will be taught for all levels on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

“Lunchtime energizer” classes will be offered Monday through Friday from 12:10-12:50 p.m. — allowing downtown workers an opportunity to practice yoga during their lunch break.

Krieves supplies yoga floor mats and other accessories — though people are also welcome to bring their own.

Drop-in classes and punch cards are available. For fees and more information, visit

The studio may be reached by calling 970-549-1083.

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