Mountain Yoga Series SUMMER 2017 Mountain Yoga returns for the third year with a summer-long program that encourages yogis of all levels to explore their uniquely personal practice amidst a glorious mountainscape. The series features three classes each weekend from July to Labor Day (weather permitting).
Mountain Top Yoga Enjoy 90 minutes of yoga at the summit of Stratton Mountain on our one-of-a-kind yoga deck. This weekend class includes a round trip on the gondola, though hikers are welcome as well! Please check-in at First Run Ski Shop in the Stratton Village and grab a mat to borrow if you don’t have your own. Please be sure to arrive to the gondola 15 minutes ahead of class to ensure you have enough time to ride to the summit and get settled on the deck before class. Please note; there is no potable water available at the summit. Application of sunscreen and bug repellent are suggested. Sign up online in advance or day of at First Run in Stratton Village.
DAYS/ TIMES Available every Saturday & Sunday from July 1 – September 3, 2017 from 10:30am-12pm Mountaintop Yoga is not available August 26
PRICE $25 per person
Mid-Mountain Hike & Yoga Round off your weekend with Sunday’s guided hike to the Mid-Mountain Lodge, followed by an invigorating 60 minute vinyasa yoga class facing the majestic summit of Stratton Mountain, the highest in southern Vermont. Class will meet at First Run Ski Shop in the Stratton Village. Please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time to ensure you have signed up and have gathered all hike necessities. Please come prepared with water and a yoga mat if you have your own. Extra mats are available to be borrowed. Please note; there is no potable water available at mid mountain and participants will be carrying their own mats during the hike. Application of sunscreen and bug repellent are suggested. Sign up online in advance or day of at First Run in Stratton Village.
DAYS/ TIMES Available every Sunday from July 2– August 27, 2017 from 8-10am
NEW! H2YOGA PRIVATE LESSONS (STAND UP PADDLEBOARD YOGA) Enjoy your yoga practice atop a stand up paddle board (SUP) in our private pond behind the Golf Course. Class begins with a 15 minute safety and basic board skills session, followed by a 40 minute yoga sequence, and finishing with 20 minutes of ‘free play.’ We will be out on water, so please dress accordingly. Meet at First Run in Stratton Village. A shuttle will take you to the pond. Please note; there is no potable water available at the pond. Application of sunscreen and bug repellent are suggested.
Yoga at Stratton Practicing yoga helps one increase flexibility, strength, balance, focus, and mindfulness. It is perfect for athletes who are strong and tight, as well as seniors, children, and everyone in-between.
Our certified yoga teachers provide excellent instruction to newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. We offer a full schedule of weekly classes, private instruction, private groups, and special workshops. Classes are held in the Living Room - our beautiful, yoga studio at the Black Bear Lodge; the Training & Fitness Center and other resort locations including our unique Summit Yoga Deck.
Yoga Guidelines Yoga is practiced barefoot. Please wear comfortable clothes, drink water before and after class, turn cell phones off and do not enter class after start time. Bring an open mind and a willing spirit.
Year Round Classes
Hatha Yoga 101 Starting a yoga practice can be confusing and intimidating, not to mention uncomfortable for those of us with tightness and tension in our bodies. Fall in love with yoga in this class designed for absolute beginners and those just starting to solidify a yoga practice. Students will learn safe alignment, breathing, and body awareness in a slow but steady sequence of poses that dynamically open the body to freer movement both on and off the mat. Modifications and props will be used to ensure that students find comfort and release. Intermediate and advanced students who want to get back to basics are also welcome. Check here for class schedule and times.
Mountain Morning Align and Flow Greet the morning with breath and movement in this energized, flowing class before a day of mountain fun. Students will warm up by connecting breath to movement in sun salutations and dynamic postures; then focus on building strength and flexibility in the quads, core, hamstrings, glutes, and hips. Careful attention is given to safe alignment to protect the body from injury both during and after yoga. Check here for class schedule and times
Yoga Flow Students will be encouraged to explore a variety of postures while focusing on connecting breath with movement in a safe, non-competitive environment. Along with connecting to the breath students will be challenged with familiar and new poses. Classes will include relaxation techniques to help you manage everyday stress. Everyone works to his or her own ability and comfort level. Check here for class schedule and times
Power Yoga A vigorous, flowing yoga class linking postures, motion and breath. Be prepared to work hard and to sweat a lot! Prior experience practicing yoga is recommended. Check here for class schedule and times
Yoga For All Students of all levels are invited to join these classes, including new students and especially anyone who has never been on a yoga mat! Clear instruction is given in breathing technique, warm-up and posture flow. New students will develop body awareness, posture alignment and core strength in basic poses, while experienced students are encouraged to explore advanced variations in familiar postures. Everyone works to his or her own ability and comfort level. Check here for class schedule and times
*Please note prices are subject to change.
Laura Brown While living in Brooklyn, Laura began yoga teacher training with Eileen Muir at Karuna Yoga and Healing Arts Center in Northampton, MA. Laura has continued to inform her practice and her teaching through intensives, immersions and several 10 day Vipassana meditation retreats, as taught by SN Goenka. She hopes that by continued and determined practice she may be of service to others on the path, linking breath to movement, and linking movement on the mat to a life of courage and sincerity off the mat.
Serena Jenkins Serena was first introduced to yoga as a freshman at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and has continued to cultivate her practice ever since. In the summer of 2011, she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health under the direction of Devarshi Steven Hartman and Sudha Carolyn Lundeen. Providing students with a safe nourishing space to practice, Serena draws upon various styles of yoga such as Power Vinyasa, Kundalini, Kripalu and Restorative. Hand selected music and aromatherapy often accompany her classes.
Lisa Kelly A Beryl Bender Birch yoga certified instructor and professionally certified spin instructor, Lisa Kelly has taught indoor cycling at Stratton for 12 years. With roots in the southern Vermont community, Lisa taught Spanish at coached at Burr and Burton Academy for twelve years. Currently, she runs two 501c3s named Unplugged, Inc and Heartworks of Vermont. Join Lisa for an invigorating spin class or yoga session.
Sally Larkin Having immediately connected with the focused flow of her first Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga class in 2008; by Spring 2011 Sally completed Level I, Level II, Assistant Training with Baron Baptiste and received a 200 hour certification fromLifeline Power Yoga, registered with the Yoga Alliance. In April 2013 she completed a 500 hour certification with Live Love Teach. Sally is demanding and motivating, yet sensitive and patient. She builds on the needs of every individual and yet challenges her students in refreshing and inspiring ways.
Maria-Stefania Maria discovered the world of yoga when she read her grandmother’s copy of “Autobiography of a Yogi.” She was instantly hooked and began practicing for many years, earning her 500-hour teacher certification from Yoga Works, with additional trainings in Anatomy & Kinesiologo, Prenatal and kids’ Yoga. Maria guides yogis in her athletic flow class, designed to inspire the mind and the body through breath, movement and music. Maria’s students are supported by clear instructions; focus on correct alignment, the use of modifications and props, hands-on-assistance, meditation and relaxation. All are welcome. Flexibility is not a pre-requisite.
Paula Pelkey Paula has trained in and teaches many different styles of yoga; from powerful vinyasa practices to meditative form classes to prenatal and kids’ yoga. She has been teaching for 14 years and has taught in Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland, Utah and Vermont. Teaching eclectic classes that pull from the many varied lineages of yoga is her forte! You’ll never get the same class experience twice with Paula. Yoga has helped Paula maintain her sense of self after having children, yoga has supported her during stressful life events and yoga has provided peace in Paula’s daily life. Find the balance between effort and ease with Paula during your time on your mat.
Kristin Powers After falling in love with yoga years ago, Kristin used the passions cultivated on her mat combined with several miraculous twists of fate to pursue her 200-hr teacher training with Meg Allen at Pure Warrior Yoga School (PWYS). Now a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) through PWYS and Yoga Alliance, Kristin finds pure joy in serving her students on an individual and unique level. She strives towards guiding her students through a practice that will allow them to see beyond just the physical practice or mental clutter, to a place centered in presence. With a focus on joining pranayama (breath) and movement, Kristin sees yoga as a path towards self-discovery and self-love. With each practice, she hopes to continue to work towards creating a space that allows students to discover their own path towards finding their own specific balance, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Kathleen Richards Kathleen Richards completed her Align and Flow teacher training in Brooklyn, New York in 2013. Kathleen’s goal is to share knowledge of alignment principals and yoga philosophy to promote safe and effective practice and encourage personal growth. Her instruction is focused on pairing deliberate, strong, and focused movement with breath and addresses students of all ability levels through the use of modifications and props. An avid skier, runner, cyclist, and dirt bike rider who has fallen in love with all the mountains of Vermont have to offer, Kathleen especially enjoys leading students through warm-up or cool-down asana before or after a day of outdoor activities.
Polly Schmid 15 years ago, avid ski racer and equestrian Polly Schmid was suffering from terrible back pain, seeing doctors weekly. Diagnosed with Scoliosis, pain was keeping Polly from participating in the many sports she loves to do. That is when she turned to yoga, and with dedicated practice, not only did her back pain go away, but life became easier and much less stressful. Polly became hooked on yoga, and has since obtained three yoga certifications, and is currently working on her 500 Hour. Polly hopes to pass the mind/body/spirit connection and freedom she's attained, to her students.
Kaitlyn Zwagerman After a spontaneous leap of faith, Kaitlyn found herself transforming along an unanticipated life changing, soul stretching journey. She completed her teaching certification with Jennilee Toner (Hot Warrior Yoga School, RYT-200) and has been teaching around Southern Vermont since June 2013. Breaking free from the mindset of the perfect looking posture, she reminds her students that all bodies, bones and minds are not built the same way and that yoga is a deeply personal practice. She celebrates the beauty of our individualities by creating vinyasa flows that encourage safe, self-expansive movement. Her focus is on tuning students into the sensations of their bodies with an emphasis on realizing, embracing and working with limitations. Since the birth of her daughter last June, yoga has taken on new meaning while she navigates the bumpy, yet wonderful, terrain of motherhood. When not on her mat, Kait enjoys spending time with the love of her life, their daughter and two (crazy) dogs, as they fix up their first house in Manchester, VT.