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Practice Contentment at Aria Yoga Studio Located at Vail Cascade Resort

 “To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure."
  -  Lao Tzu  


Through my yoga practice and study I realized being happy doesn’t have anything to do with things. It’s all a state of mind and I think contentment can be addictive. We hope you'll join us at he Aria Yoga Studio as we all strive to be content in our daily lives.

Featured Teacher of the Month: Elena Gorgeouses
Featured Student of the Month: Allison Wright
Elena has taught the 6am yoga class since 1999 when her son was a toddler and she would sneak out of the house before anyone was up. There’s a spaciousness of body and mind that comes from regular yoga practice. She thinks it’s a great way to start the day and many of the 6am-ers share that view. Some have been waking up at the crack of dawn to show up for class for as long as she has been teaching.


One such person is Allison Wright. Allison’s first experience with yoga was when she lived in Denver in the 70’s. She took a long hiatus from the practice when her yoga teacher started to emphasize the esoteric which wasn’t her interest. As one of the original members of Aria Athletic Club, Allison took up yoga again when Dan Timm (Aria Athletic Club Director) made yoga part of the fitness program, not a sub-contracted option with an additional fee as it originally was. For Allison, the draw to yoga is mostly about the physical benefits yoga offers. Allison has a delightful dry wit and jokes that’s she’s old as dirt. She explains that yoga helps her stay active to pursue the lifestyle she enjoys in Vail. She says that the practice has helped her with her back and has helped her recover more quickly from injury and a couple of surgeries. It helps her maintain balance for skiing and other outdoor pursuits. When not at Vail Cascade, you’ll see Allison skiing at Bravo or at the Dance Festival in the summer and walking to the Vail Farmer’s Market at a pace that resembles race walking.

Friday Afternoon Yoga Club
Thanks to everyone who came out to practice yoga and enjoy a drink with friends and fellow yogis this summer. The FAYC program was such a hit that we have decided to keep the Friday 5:30pm yoga class going. It will continue to be shared by a variety of Aria instructors and will be an “All Levels” class.

We had a three-way tie for the student that attended the most FAYC classes this Summer. The winners are… drum roll please…Sarah Dorman, Tom Warzecha and Diana Johnson. Congratulations! Aria Athletic Club will credit your account for a one free month of membership dues. Great job!

Love Your Hips Yoga Workshop Series
Join Aria Athletic Club & Spa for our “Love Your Hips” yoga workshop series, taking place this fall. Aria will be hosting two hour hip opening, strengthening and restoring workshops every third Sunday of the month from 11am-1pm. The series begins September 21 and runs through December 21.

Most of us experience tightness in the hips from sitting or standing for long periods of time at work, and from regular or high levels of exertion in our recreational activities. Our hips bear the brunt of this and in turn become tense and tight. We also tend to inadvertently hold mental and emotional stress in the hips, which increases the stiffness...lucky us! In this rejuvenating workshop series, Aria yoga instructors will explore the hip joint in various poses, and discover how a mindful approach can enhance and deepen physical yoga practice, and our understanding of the hip joint. Opening and strengthening the hips can also act as a cross training tool to enhance any sport. Each "Love Your Hips" series will create shifts in the subtle energetic body as well, leaving you feeling relaxed, connected and renewed. Everyone is welcome whether you practice yoga or not.

Schedule: Every Third Sunday
September 21st: Instructor Tracy Long
October 19th: Instructor Tara Gokie
November 16th: Instructor Chelsea Winters
December 21st: Instructor Nicola Farrer

Aria is welcoming all community members to the event.

Members: $20 per class
Non-Members $25 per class
Early Bird: $15 per class if you sign-up for all four classes.

September Yoga Class Schedule Changes
Class Additions:
Monday 5:45pm, All Levels, taught by Margeaux
Friday 5:30pm, All Levels, shared by a variety of instructors

Class Time Changes
Wednesday evening class will be changed to 5:45pm
Thursday evening class will be changed to 5:30pm and held in the studio

Class Instructor Changes
Monday, 8am will be taught by Bronson
Tuesday, 5:30pm will be taught by Geordy
Thursday, 5:30pm will be taught by Lindsea

September Substitutions
Wednesday, September 17th, 5:30pm:TBD
Friday, September 19th, 8am: Geordy

We hope to see you on the mat very soon!

Libby Maio
Yoga Supevisor
Aria Yoga Studio




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Atwater Beer Buzz September 2

It’s Oktoberfest time!  

Seems a little early to me, too, but any reason to celebrate craft beer is a good one. Add to that the myriad of activities available in the mountains right now, and you have it all in a nutshell.

The Brewmaster’s Weekend at the Vail Cascade is merely the icing on the cake! Join us next weekend, September 5 & 6, for our Boulder Beer Brewmaster’s Weekend. David Zimmerman, Boulder Beer’s Brewmaster, will be joining us with his family for our weekend of events.

Meet the Brewmaster on Friday in Fireside Bar from 4 – 7pm for a complimentary sampling of a variety of Boulder beers,  take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about craft beer & Boulder Beer from David himself, and enjoy Boulder specials all weekend long.  

Saturday at 6pm is our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing, which is a four course guided tour by both the Brewmaster and our Vail Cascade Culinary Team through four specially created food & beer pairings. I would suggest holding your seats now, as we expect to sell out this event.

The menu is as follows:

Boulder Sweaty Betty Hefeweizen
Baked Oysters
plantain crust, currants  

Boulder Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest
Pretzel Bread Pudding Nutella
candied bacon, brandied plums  

Boulder Hazed & Infused Dry-Hopped Ale
Frog Leg Beignets
chanterelle cherry duxelle  

Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter
Drunken German Almond Pear Cake  

This delicious event usually lasts about 1 ½ hours, costs $35++/person, and is a wonderful experience. You can make your reservation by either emailing me back at (until 9/5) or by calling Atwater on Gore Creek at 970-479-7014. 

Looping back to Oktoberfest, the first Vail Oktoberfest weekend is also happening September 5 & 6, so you can enjoy the best of both Oktoberfest and craft beer!  Enjoy a fantastic, long, Labor Day weekend, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Laura Lodge
Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC


The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines festival is the highlight of the winter wonderland of fun in legendary Vail, Colorado.  Big Beers is a World Class International Beer Festival, complete with Brewmasters’ Dinners and seminars by some of the world’s most innovative Brewers…it’s the ultimate “Beer-cation!” Join us for the 15th annual festival Jan 8-10, 2015 at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.  For more information visit us at and stay tuned on Facebook. 

Laura Lodge, Coordinator Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival

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