During the time Erin Bakersmith has been running the Yoga Mat studio, shes noticed some parallels between two popular physical activities, yoga and snowboarding. Theres the body-awareness aspect, as well as yogas calm, meditative feeling that some skiers and snowboarders also experience on the slopes, but the commonalities go beyond that. A lot of the benefits that come with yoga are amazing, she says. Like the balance, the focus you need, the flexibility, being able to prevent injury. It just seemed like a natural progression.
That progression led naturally to Snow Salutes: A Yoga Retreat for Snowboarders & Skiers, which starts today at Copper Mountain. In the morning, well be meeting at 8 a.m. for the first yoga class get everybody warmed up, and well have a really awesome playlist going, Bakersmith explains. Its definitely going to be more of a punk-rock, lets-stretch-and-get-excited-to-hit-the-slopes class, stretching core muscles that everybodys going to use. Then everyone will ski and snowboard for a majority of the day. And once the slopes close, we have a 4:30 p.m. yoga class as well, like an après-ski, restorative yoga. Itll be way more calming stretch out and relax and give those muscles a break. After that, we have a really awesome dinner planned. Then well get out on Sunday and do it all over again.
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Snow Salutes will run you $150 for two days worth of classes and healthy meals; Copper is also offering discounted lift tickets ($45 per day) and rooms for Snow Salutes participants. And, Bakersmith promises, the first three people to sign up and mention this West-word story will receive their two days of lift tickets for free a $90 value. Register at www.ontheyogamat.com/copper or call 314-680-6374.
Sat., Jan. 29, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., 2011