Join us for a full day of introspection and deep rejuvenating practice as we mindfully launch into Vermont’s spectacular winter season.
This program includes walking and seated meditation, gentle pranayama*, meditative flow yoga, forest bathing**, silent mindful eating, journaling and mindful art exploration.
What to bring for indoor practice: comfortable clothes you can stretch in for yoga and meditation, yoga mat, blanket &/or cushion, water bottle, journal or writing paper and pen.
What to bring for outdoor practice: warm boots or waterproof hiking shoes, warm jacket, sunglasses, scarf and gloves.
Mindful Lunch: Pack your own light vegetarian lunch (perhaps a thermos of soup, roasted veggies with a cooked grain, mini quiche, veggie wrap, some cut fruit, etc.)
This program is suitable for practitioners with at least one year of yoga experience. Yoga Alliance CEU’s are available upon request. Inquire about scholarship funds at (802) 367-1306. As with all of our yoga programs, all participants must present their vaccination cards with proof of full COVID vaccination and booster in order to attend. Masks are required at all times while not practicing on the mat. Mats will be placed six feet apart.
*Pranayama, loosely translated as breath work or breath control, is the practice of directing the life force energy or prana through specific breathing techniques. We will be guiding gentle breath work practices, however please consult your healthcare provider before participating if you have any healthcare conditions that may be affected, such as lung disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled hyperthyroidism.
**Forest bathing, or Shinrin-Yoku is a therapeutic modality originating in Japan that broadly means mindfully taking in the beautiful forest atmosphere through all of one’s senses. This is not simply a quiet, relaxing walk in the woods, but a contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds, and aromas of Vermont’s winter forest splendor.
Lu French, PharmD, E-RYT, CMT, is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provide (YACEP). She is also a Certified Swedish and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, level 2 Reiki Practitioner and retired Clinical Pharmacist. Lu began her love of yoga 28 years ago with an eight week Iyengar intensive. She embarked on her teacher training path with Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow in 2004 and was certified in Kripalu Yoga in 2007. In addition to leading countless classes at various venues, including her former studio, Breathing Room Yoga, Lu has also led many Anatomy of Yoga workshops drawing from her clinical and intuitive understanding of the physical and subtle body. Working with private clients and living with chronic pain for many years has also given her a unique sensitivity to individual needs. Lu’s classes are soft spoken, meditative, filled with fluid movement, music, poetry and compassion. A sampling of Lu’s video classes and audio guided meditations are available at www.bryoga.net.
Larissa Hall Carlson, M.A., E-RYT500, is a mindfulness, yoga, and Ayurveda professional with 15+ years of teaching experience at some of our country’s most prestigious institutions, including The Boston Conservancy, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Tanglewood Music Center. She specializes in personal and group coaching for musicians, artists, executives and educators in high-performance environments. She previously served as Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and is a current Faculty member. Her expertise in yogic breathing techniques and seasonal self-care practices led her to be recognized as one of the “100 Trailblazers in Yoga & Ayurveda” by Spirituality & Health magazine. Larissa is regularly featured in Yoga Journal, Mantra, InStyle, Prevention, and on the Insight Timer app, and she is the co-creator of two popular online courses with Yoga Journal, Ayurveda 101 and 201. Larissa’s teachings have been featured in Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and Dr. Oz: The Good Life. To learn more, visit www.larissacarlson.com.