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: sneakers or hiking shoes, hat, light jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray.
Mindful Lunch: Pack your own light vegetarian lunch (perhaps a sandwich, roasted veggies with a cooked grain, a thermos of soup, 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.
You must be fully vaccinated and present your vaccination card upon arrival in order to attend.
*Pranayama, loosely translated as breath work or breath control, is the practice of directing the life force energy or prana through specific breathing techniques. Depending on the technique, benefits may include a sense of balance, grounding, renewed vigor, enhanced blood oxygenation, and decreased stress. 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, heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure or 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 autumn forest splendor.
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.
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 Vinyasa in 2004 and was certified in Kripalu Yoga in 2007. Since then, Lu has guided countless classes at various venues around Manchester and Vero Beach, FL, at her former studio Breathing Room Yoga, and briefly at Kripalu Center. Working with private clients and living with chronic pain for many years has afforded her a unique sensitivity to individual needs. As such, Lu has also led a number of Anatomy of the Yogic Body workshops drawing from her clinical and intuitive understanding of the physical and subtle body. 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