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New this summer at Estes Park Center: Yoga and Massage

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing and rejuvenating, but we have to admit that all of the hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking can leave our bodies a little sore at the end of the day.

This summer, we’ll have massage therapy provided by Homegrown Yoga and Massage to help with the aches and pains that come with exploring the great outdoors.  Homegrown Yoga and Massage will provide state-of-the-art massage therapy services in a serene mountain cabin, located on-grounds at Estes Park Center.   Swedish massage, deep tissue, foot and hot stone treatments will be available; whether you have a sore back, tight hamstrings or just want to feel better, massage can help you restore balance and improve your health.  Learn more here.  Massages will be available Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Prices start at $40 for a 30 minute session. To schedule an appointment, please call 303-448-1616, ext. 4101.

Yoga classes will be offered nearly every day from late May through mid-October at Estes Park Center.  All classes are FREE to guests, members and staff of YMCA of the Rockies.  If you are staying off-grounds but would like to participate, there is a $15 program fee.  Please bring a mat if you have one; we have limited mats available.  Learn more here or call the Program Office at 303-448-1616 ext. 1104 for class times and locations.

New to yoga?  Been practicing your Warrior pose for years?  We have three different classes available to suit all abilities:

Multi-level Yoga class:  This is an energizing, faster paced class that focuses on strengthening, increasing flexibility and integrating the entire body, mind, and spirit.  In this class participants need to be comfortable with forward bends, downward dog, and some simple inversions.   An integrative approach is used drawing on a number of yogic traditions.   The class is taught at a beginner level but more intermediate and advanced postures are offered for those who can do them.  Participants are encouraged to practice at their own level.  Class ends with a deep relaxation helping you to feel both relaxed and renewed.

Senior Yoga class:  in this class we will not be doing any fast up and down movements and the emphasis is on joint mobilization as well as increasing flexibility and strength gradually.  Some poses will be taught standing using a wall when necessary and some poses will be taught sitting on the floor or a yoga block.  We will avoid the leg lunges and up/down/standing forward bend movements that are more challenging for the aging body.  Class will begin with a discussion of what students are looking for and their abilities/needs and include tips to help you manage stress.  Class will end with a deep relaxation, breathing exercise and brief meditation to encourage a calm and integrated body, mind, spirit.

Chair Yoga class: Easy yoga poses and stretches are taught in this class that you can do anywhere – at your desk, watching television, and even in an airplane!  Emphasis is on joint mobilization, and increasing strength and flexibility gradually.  This class is done sitting in a chair as to be gentler on the joints.  Learn the health benefits of yoga, simple ways to help eliminate stress in your life and energizing ideas to help you and your family embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Homegrown Yoga and Massage

About The Author

Hailing from the great state of Minnesota, Martha joined YMCA of the Rockies in 2010 and has been enjoying life in the Rockies ever since. When she's not at work, you'll find her hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, at a yoga class, or dog sledding, depending on the season. Occasionally, she can sit still long enough to read a book. Martha is passionate about the YMCA's mission to build strong families and strong communities.

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