Whenever I am in the Fraser River Valley, I hit up Holly’s class – Hatha at Mountain Moon Yoga in Winter Park. She guides you through a slow, mindful flow and places a much-appreciated emphasis on breathing…inhaling and exhaling several times in most poses. It perfectly helps me arrive fully and completely in my yoga practice.
Winter Park, Colorado
In fairness, it sure isn’t hard arriving fully and completely. You are, after all, in the heart of the great Rocky Mountains. Winter Park rests between Berthoud Pass – one of the highest mountain passes in the country – and the mesmerizing Fraser River Valley to the west. Somehow, Winter Park maintains its small mountain town charisma despite being so close to Denver.
Hatha Yoga – Sun & Moon
Hatha means sun and moon in Sanskrit – an ancient Hindu language. Most physical movement yoga practices are considered Hatha yoga. Common types of Hatha yoga include Ashtanga, Bikram, vinyasa, Iyengar, and Power Yoga. By combining breathwork (pranayama) with movement and poses (asanas), Hatha helps to balance and calm the body, mind, and spirit. The practice of Hatha yoga was designed to facilitate the practice of meditation.
Mountain Moon Yoga in Winter Park + more
Mountain Moon Yoga is one of the few yoga studios in Grand County. The downtown Winter Park studio sits across Vasquez Road from the Copper Creek shopping area – just off Highway 40. There is convenient parking in the upper lot. Just look for the YOGA signs. Drop in is $15 and class packages are available. Mountain Moon Yoga also offers classes in Hot Sulfur Springs and Grand Lake.
Holly’s Hatha Class at Mountain Moon Yoga
Holly’s Hatha class easily rivals some of the best classes in Denver. Don’t let her sweetness fool you – she is a knowledgeable yogini and an excellent yoga guide. She has no problem adapting poses for whomever shows up to her class. (A perfect way to stay in shape when recovering from ski, snowboard, or bike injuries.) But one of the best parts of Holly’s class is that she doesn’t skimp on shavasana, allowing ample time to rest your mind before hitting up your next mountain adventure!